Grant Evaluation Criteria
The following questions will be taken into consideration
when evaluating the request and in making decisions:
- Is there an established need for the project for which
the grant is requested?
- Is it appropriate to make a grant for the requested
purpose, or are there other more suitable sources for
- Are there adequate resources available to effectively
respond to this need?
- Does the grant application possess the capacity
necessary to insure the success of the project?
- Does the organization have adequate accounting and
- Is the organization seeking additional funding from
- Does the project have the potential to continue beyond
the Foundation’s funding?
awards grants to non-profit organizations, recognized as
tax-exempt by the Internal Revenue Service, for
charitable purposes as determined by the DCF Board of
Grants are awarded only to organizations:
- whose programs benefit the residents of Dearborn County;
- which provide for a responsible fiscal agent and
adequate accounting procedures.
Generally, grants are not made:
- to individuals, except for educational scholarships
(which are paid to the educational institute for the
benefit of the individual);
- exclusively for endowment creation (with the exception
of endowment matching programs);
- to fund travel expenses;
- to sustain ongoing programs/projects; and
- to fund salaried/contracted positions.
No grants are made:
- to support political parties, campaigns, or issues;
- specifically for sectarian religious purposes, but can
be made to religious organizations for programs that
benefit the general public;
- for debt reduction of recipient organizations; and...
- to provide for programs, expenses and/or equipment
committed to prior to the grant award date.
Grant Policy Information:
- Grant applicants may be required to submit
additional information prior to a grant decision.
- All grant applications are reviewed by the DCF staff
and evaluated by a grant and/or advisory committee.
- The grant and/or advisory committee may discuss the
application with knowledgeable individuals outside the
DCF and may visit applying organizations to obtain
- Recommendations will be presented to advisory
committees when applicable and then to the DCF board of
directors where final grant decisions are made.
- All grantees must submit a copy of the executed
grant agreement prior to any grant funds being released.
- The Foundation staff is willing to assist grant
applicants in choosing appropriate projects for which to
- The grant review process for some grant programs may
take up to three months. Applicants should plan
accordingly when considering the date of a project and
the date of the grant submission.
All grantees must
submit a final grant report within 30 days of completion
of the project or by the final grant report date.
Failure to submit a final grant report will affect
Submitted grant applications shall contain one (1)
original application and the appropriate number of
copies indicated on the grant application cover form.
This must be done for each grant program from which the
organization is seeking grant funds. Binder clips and/or
paper clips can be used to separate the copies
(ABSOLUTELY NO STAPLES, BINDERS or FOLDERS).