Grant Requirements and Application

The Grand Island Community Foundation grant program is designed to address unmet charitable needs and unique program opportunities for essential and emerging issues in the Hall County area. The Foundation reviews requests bi-annually and awards grants up to $5,000 based on the project and the availability of funds. Please read through all of the eligibility and requirement information below to determine whether or not your organization is qualified to submit an application. 


Grant requests will be accepted from qualified charitable and 501(c)3 organizations located in the Hall County area. Organizations receiving funding may only apply once in a 12-month period and must submit a completed Grant Evaluation prior to applying for additional grant funding. 

Programs in any of the following areas are eligible to apply: 

Arts and Culture - Visual art, literature, dance, theater, and music can bring people together through shared experiences and understanding. These grants should strive to stimulate thought, communication, and creativity through programs in the arts and humanities that enhance or develop the common aesthetic spirit through education, creation, or performance. 

Basic Needs - Nationally, the basic needs approach focuses on addressing poverty and is one of the major approaches to the measurement of absolute poverty. It attempts to define the resources for physical well-being. A traditional list of immediate "basic needs" is food (including water), shelter, clothing, and physical well-being. 

Children and Youth - Children are our most valuable resources. These grants should help children grow - physically, socially, and intellectually into healthy, mature, and productive adults through programs that ensure all children are supported, nurtured, and protected in their homes and community. Programs should focus on childhood development and reduction of at-risk behavior through prevention programs. 

Community Enrichment - A community must consistently nurture its development to sustain and increase its vitality. These grants should address the challenges that face our community through programs that promote economic development, improve community services, and encourage residents to get involved in community improvement projects by providing the training, tools, and resources needed to enrich the community. 

Community Health - Individuals and families in our community must have the resources they need to remain self-sufficient and provide safe, secure homes. These grants should encourage healthy lifestyle choices that promote healthy behaviors and provide access to the resources needed to build healthy individuals, neighborhoods, and communities. 

Education - Today, more than ever education touches the lives of people of all ages. These grants should focus on supplementing the educational system to ensure children have access to the tools they need to be build a foundation for life-long learning. The programs and/or projects should help people learn to cope with life's challenges, gain skills to better care for their families, and ensure access to academic and technological opportunities, thus allowing individuals to develop their personal, social, and professional skills. 

Preference will be given to programs that meet one or more of the following critera: 
  • Reach a broad segment of the community
  • Assist those whose needs are not being adequately met by existing services
  • Promote cooperation among organizations and are developed in consultation with other groups
  • Improve the organization's effectiveness
  • Encourage sustainability of the grantee through matching gifts and funding from other sources
  • Promote accessibility of programs to include underserved and underrepresented populations
Grants for the following purposes will NOT be considered: 
  • To individuals
  • Religious or political purposes
  • Endowments, capital campaigns, or annual fund drives
  • Programs that create an indefinate, long-term commitment by the GICF


GICF strongly encourages any nonprofit organization considering applying for a grant to contact the Foundation prior to beginning an application to discuss the appropriateness of the request. 

GICF has one standard application for all grant requests that is available through our online portal. Only complete applications with all questions answered and required attachments will be reviewed by our Distribution Committee. No handwritten, faxed, or emailed proposals will be accepted. 


Grant applications must be received by 4 p.m. on May 1 and November 1. When the 1st falls on a Saturday or Sunday, grant applications will be due by 4 p.m. on the Monday immediately following. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline and access to the online grants portal will be closed promptly at 4 p.m. Grants submitted become property of the Grand Island Community Foundation. 

To begin a grant application, please click the button below to create an account for a new grant application or to access your grant application that is in progress. 

The 2017 Fall Grant Cycle is now closed and all completed applications are under review.