Fulton County


Fulton County Community Foundation Grant Committee Information and Guide for Committee Membership
Thank you for becoming a committee member with the Community Foundation. We hope to provide you with meeting information, applications, scoresheets, and committee basics. If you have additional questions, please contact Corinne Becknell Lucas via email at corinne@nicf.org, 574.223.2227 (Rochester office), 574.835.4101 (cell phone), 877.432.6423 (toll free).

Next Fulton County Community Foundation Grant Meeting, Agenda and information.

Grant Applications Received for Review

Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry - Meat processing to feed FC hungry   $1,500
 Total   $1,500




Grant Applications Approved

Akron Lions Club - Akron community Center sign   $5,000
Akron Park Board - Tree planting project   $3,000
Fulton Economical Development Corp. - Centennial Park   $30,000
Fulton County Council on Aging - Van for Transportation Dpt   $17,600
Fulton County Habitat for Humanity - Well and septic for 15th home   $9,500
Fulton County Leadership Academy - Cutshall Park Project   $5,000
Fulton County Leadership Academy - Tourism Video Group   $1,500
Fulton County Parks - Aubbeenaubbee Landing County Park   $5,000
Heartery, Inc. - Ramp for disabled entrance to facility   $6,550
Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry - Meat processing to feed FC hungry   $2,500
Kewanna H.E.A.R.T. - Fall Festival   $5,000
Lake Bruce Conservancy District - Early warning system   $3,000
Liberty Township - Upgrades to park basketball court   $9,000
Psi Iota Xi - Art Banner Contest   $1,000
Psi Iota Xi - Holiday Pops   $1,500
Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation - Impact Grant application   $15,000
Total   $120,150













Grant Applications Denied

Caston School Corp. - Heritage Hall   $5,000
FC Chamber of Commerce - Plaques for members   $1,500
Food Finders Food Bank - General support   $9,000
Salvation Army - Fulton Service Extension Unit   $2,500
Science Central - Programming for Fulton County students   $5,000
SoulMedic Media Group, Inc. - Get Schooled Tour   $17,000
Woodlawn Hospital - Emergency Communication Letter of Intent   $26,000





Grant Committee Information

What is the NICF? Community foundations are tax-exempt public charities serving local people who share a common concern - improving the quality of life in their area. Individuals, families, businesses and organizations create permanent charitable funds and the foundation invests and administers those funds.

The Northern Indiana Community Foundation, Inc. (NICF), is a comprised of Fulton, Miami and Starke County Community Foundations who share costs and pool funds into a single cost-effective foundation.

The NICF is directed by a volunteer board consisting of five members from each of the three counties which provides consistent effective management of the endowments. Each county has its own volunteer local board. The executive director and staff are paid positions.

The Role of a Committee Member. Committee members ensure that the original intent of the fund is followed. Members are stewards of the fund, its purpose, and updates us on concerns and issues that arise in the community. We encourage members to share the public’s questions and comments about the granting process and welcome input on community issues.

Grant Committee Information. The Foundation awards grants from Community Funds (unrestricted funds) and field of interest funds. Community funds place no restrictions on how they may be used, and depends on committee recommendations to meet the community’s most pressing needs. Funds such as the Starke United Fund, are comprised of a named committee that follows the charitable purpose set out in the fund. Grants are awarded to 501(c)(3), tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, or projects that are charitable in nature.

How often do we meet and do I need to come to every meeting? Grant committees meet quarterly or bi-annually and therefore committee presence is critical. Meetings typically last 1-2 hours depending on the number of applications received, and if a visit to a grantee is planned.

What if I am involved with an organization that is requesting a grant? Members complete a “Conflict of Interest” form. If you have a conflict you will refrain from participating in the discussions of that particular application and will not vote on that application. If you have a leadership position with an organization requesting funds, you need to inform the committee chair in advance of the meeting.

How many applications will I review and how do we make the selections? We have no deadlines on the majority of our applications. We typically meet on a quarterly basis, but could meet between those times to help an applicant this is under a time restraint. Below you will find the applications which are posted as they are received at the NICF office. Also posted are grant review sheets that will help you in evaluating the applications your review process.