Making a Difference ~ Owen County
Partners in Progress
Great Changes To Our Grant Program!
The Owen County Community Foundation's commitment to continue offering grants has been updated and strengthened.  Our community grant funds will focused now on supporting new charitable programs to serve Owen County residents and projects requiring durable equipment and capital items that will not be replaced every year, but which are essential for organizations to carry out their charitable purposes.

We are interested in community grant proposals for charitable in any part of Owen County.  OCCF also has funds restricted for community grants involving:

      Community fire, medical and emergency services;
      Geographic areas:  a) Cataract/Jennings Township; b) Coal City/Jefferson Township; c) Freedom/Franklin Township;
                                         d) the town of Gosport;
      Spencer-Owen Community Schools teachers to enhance their student's classroom experiences.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you are proposing to launch a new charitable program, initial operating costs might be funded by a grant from the OCCF.  Please call us to discuss your needs before requesting OCCF funds for new operating costs, such as program staff, program supplies and equipment, promotion of the new program, training, etc.

Community grant amounts will be from $500 to $2,500 each (except that Teacher Mini-grants will be from $50 to $250 each).  The OCCF does not intend to be the sole funder of any community program or project. We expect grant applicants to provide part of their total grant budget and, where possible, to involve volunteers to help implement the grant program or project.            

There are no due dates or deadlines for requesting OCCF community grants.  Applications may be submitted throughout the year.  A one-page Community Grant Application form may be picked at the OCCF office or requested by calling 812-829-1725.  An electronic template for the Grant Application also is available on our website: on the Grants tab.  Save the template to your computer and then type in your information, save the file and print it.  Please note:  Applications cannot be completed online, it must be downloaded and then filled out.  You can email your completed
application to
In 2018 the grants committee will have scheduled meetings through out the year, applications received by the need date will be reviewed with the next grants meeting, otherwise the application will wait until the next possible meeting.
Grant Submission Dates for 2018

Submit Date                     Review Date                     Notification Date
January 18, 2018               Feb 8                                    Feb 17th
April 19th                            May 10, 2018                      May 17th
Jul 18th                               August 2, 2018                    Aug 23rd
Oct 18th                               November 8, 2018             Nov 18th 

If your grant application is approved, you will receive our Grant Agreement and Grant Report form.  The Grant Agreement is to be signed and returned before you incur the expenses that we approved.  Usually a check to reimburse approved expenses will be issued after we receive your Grant Report and copies of your receipts.  If necessary, a grant check may be requested prior to reporting.                         

If you have questions about OCCF’s community grants, please contact our Administrative Director Maria O’Connor at 812-829-1725 or send an email to
Download our Community Grants Application & Instruction and save to your computer. 
Download our Teacher Mini Grants Application & Instruction and save to your computer. 
 Frequently Asked Questions:
1.  All grants must be approved by your Board of Directors/Governing Authority prior to submitting a grant
2.  How many teacher mini grants can I submit?
     Only one teacher mini-grant will be approved each calendar year for any one teacher.
2.  Does the OCCF provide the full project amount for a teacher mini-grant request?
      Unlike the Community Grant process, the OCCF will fund 100% of the teacher mini-grant request.
3.  How long will it take to process a Community Grant Application?
      It will likely take eight to ten weeks from the date you submitted the application to complete the process. 
      If you have been approved you will receive your check in the mail.  
      New in 2017:  Submit your application by the need by date, and you will be notified as stated.
4.  Is the Community Grant program in addition to the usual Grant program?
      No,  the Community Grant program is the Grant program!  The only thing that has changed is the elimination
      of submission deadlines.   The Grants program now has an open application and you can submit your Grant
      application when you need it!   Please remember it will take eight to twelve weeks to process your application.
5.  Teacher's may request payment for conference registration under the mini grant program. 
6.  Teacher's may apply for a community grant and/or a teacher mini grant.

Please contact our Administrative Director Maria O'Connor at 812-829-1725 or send email to