Grant Information & Guidelines
The City of Fishers is committed to advancing its city as a smart, vibrant, and entrepreneurial community. Non-Profit Organizations (“Organizations”) add value and vibrancy to the City and positively impact the Fishers community. Therefore, Fishers wishes to contribute funds to those organizations which create a sense of place, public interaction and/or additional educational opportunities for Fishers residents.
Fishers will accept applications for its Non-Profit Grant Program, which will award certain proceeds to support a local Organization.
- Applicants need to have and provide proof of an Internal Revenue Section 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.
- Priority will be given to projects or events held by Organizations which are expected to have the greatest positive impact on Fishers residents and community.
- The maximum grant amount is One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000).
- The grant is a matching grant and will require that the Organization participate in a portion of the project funding. The amount awarded will be paid directly to the applicant.
- Depending on grant amount and/orpercentage of the total project or event budget that is provided by the grant, a board appointment for one City Council member may be required.
- Organization should establish need for grant for the project or event.
- Quarterly accounting will need to be provided by the Organization to City Council Non-Profit Committee.
- Organization should demonstrate financial responsibility and management qualifications.
- Organization should provide the commitment, capacity and ability of the Organization to carry out the project or event.
- Organization should allow the Fishers logo to appear on the project or event marketing materials.
- Organization cannot employ, contract or otherwise compensate a City employee or official from its budget. City employees or officials may be volunteers for the Organization.
- Grants are made with the understanding that Fishers is in no way obligated to provide further financial assistance to ensure that a project is completed.
Grant Selection Criteria
The Non-Profit Organization Grant applicants must meet program criteria or their application will be rejected. In reviewing grant applications, Fishers will consider the following:
- The potential impact of the grant and the benefit from the project or event on the Fishers community.
- The commitment, capacity and ability of the applicant to carry out the program or project and to give an accounting of how the money was spent.
- The applicant’s fiscal responsibility and management qualifications.
- The number of matching dollars that the applicant has and is willing to contribute.
- Grant project funding may not exceed 50% of the total cost of the project or event. If the funding from Fishers and the portion provided for by the receiving applicant is not sufficient to complete the project, then the receiving applicant is responsible for raising the difference. The intent of this grant is not to completely fund projects, but to assist with as many projects and events as possible throughout the community.
The evaluation process will be conducted by a City Council Non-Profit Committee. The evaluation will be scored on a 100 point system, being divided into the following three categories:
- Project Need - This will be an evaluation of how much the project is needed (25 points possible)
- Community Enhancement - How well the project improves the quality of life in the community and subdivision (25 points possible)
- Overall Community Impact - How the project affects the whole community. The project’s consistency with existing development guidelines for the community (25 points possible).
- Ability - Whether the Organization will be able to complete the project and how much the Organization will contribute to or fundraise for to the project or event (25 points possible).