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. It is strongly recommended that, prior to beginning a grant application, you contact the Foundation staff to discuss your organization and the program and/or project for which you are seeking funding. 


The Grand Island Community Foundation awards grants to both private and public organizations. In order to be eligible for a grant, organizations must be classified as either a 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Service or as a governmental agency (for capital expenditures and/or capital improvements).

Organizations may only apply once per 12 month period, and, if prior funding has been recieved, a final grant evaluation must be completed and accepted prior to applying for any additional funding. The Grand Island Community Foundation serves the greater Grand Island area. Except when extraordinary circumstances apply, only programs and projects in Hall County will be considered for support. Requests must also fall into at least one of the Fields of Interest listed below. 

Fields of Interest: 

Arts and Culture - 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 primary methods used to determine absolute poverty. It attempts to define the resources for physical well-being. Immediate "basic needs" include food, water, shelter, clothing, sanitation, health, physical and mental well-being. 

Children and Youth - 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 activities, education, and prevention programs. 

Community Enrichment - These grants promote economic development, improve community services, and encourage residents to become actively involved in community enrichment projects by providing the training, tools, and resources needed.

Community Health - 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 - These grants should focus on supplementing the educational system to ensure children have access to the tools they need to 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/projects 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
  • Show financial and/or in-kind support from multiple sources. Requests to entirely fund projects or programs are rarely funded by the Grand Island Community Foundation 
Grants for the following purposes will NOT be considered: 
  • To individuals
  • Religious or political purposes
  • Endowments, capital campaigns, or annual fund drives
  • Fundraising event sponsorships or creation of fundraising event collateral materials
  • Programs that create an indefinite, long-term commitment by the Grand Island Community Foundation
  • Requests for additional funding for projects that have already been approved and funded
  • For ongoing projects and programs, applicants must address funding for maintenance and operations
  • Incomplete requests


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 website. 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. 

In addition to providing GICF with information about your organization and the project and/or program you are seeking funding for, you will be required to attach the following documents: 

  • IRS Form 990 for your most recently completed fiscal year
  • Audited financial statements for your most recently completed year
  • A list of your board of directors that includes their name, office held, contact information, business affiliation, and board term dates
  • Your organization's current operating budget
  • Most recent IRS Letter confirming your organization's tax-exempt status, if applicable
  • Your organization's most recent annual report, if available
  • Any additional documents (brochures, pictures, articles, etc.) you feel will help our understanding of your program and/or project


In order to be considered for funding, completed grant applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. on May 1 or October 1.

When the 1st falls on either a Saturday or Sunday, grant applications will be due by 4 p.m. on the following Monday. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline and access to the online grant application is closed promptly at 4 p.m. Grants and all supporting documents submitted become property of the Grand Island Community Foundation. 


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