Miami County


MIami 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, 574.223.2227 (Rochester office), 574.835.4101 (cell phone), 877.432.6423 (toll free).

Next Miami County Community Foundation Grant Meeting and Agenda

Grant Applications Received for Review (click on the organization name to get application)

Distinguished Young Women - Programming costs   $1,180
SCAN Inc. - Fatherhood Engagement - Letter of Intent   $7,500
St. Vincent de Paul . Impact Grant application   $20,000
Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.- Mobile Pantry Program - Letter of Intent/Community Support   $11,400
Peru Circus Festival Band, Inc. - New Building Startup Fund   $14,400
Servants at Work, SAWs - Wheelchair Ramp Project   $3,000
Mad Anthonys Children's Hope House - Support for Miami County families   $ 5,000
 Total   $62,480






Grant Applications Approved

Systems Of Care - “Life Cycle” program.   $1,300
BOOKS Program - Purchase of books.   $1,350
Ole Olsen Memorial Theatre - Children's theatre workshop.   $1,000
Scratching Post Cat Rescue - Isolation cages.   $4,414
Peru Parks Dept. - Community Movie Nights.   $1,500
North Miami Community Schools - WarriorTech Robotics.   $5,000
Manna on Main Street - Local soup kitchen.   `$1,000
United Way of Miami County - Miami County Works.   $10,000
Miami County Historical Society - Computer upgrades.   $5,000
Total   $35,564








Grant Applications Denied

City of Peru - 2017 Hometown Celebration and Fireworks Show   $2,000
Soul Medic Media Group, Inc. - Get Schooled Tour Assemblies   $9,000




Grant Rating Review Sheets


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.