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Grant Eligibility

General Eligibility

All applicant organizations must be nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) and further defined as public charities 509(a)(1), also known as 170(b)(1)(1A) groups.  Secular and faith-based nonprofit organizations are eligible for funding.  Faith-based organizations are legal nonprofit entities which have either their origin in a religious organization or have been founded by individuals who share a purpose, all of which have a primary mission to further religious principles and practices through programs of philanthropic good works. 

Christian churches are eligible for funding if they are part of a collaboration with at least one eligible nonprofit organization.  Collaboration must be demonstrated through agreements and/or MOU’s outlining clear roles and responsibilities of partners.  Christian churches may not be the applicant or the fiscal agent for the collaboration.  Funding may support church efforts as part of the overall collaborative plan to address social issues or conditions, e.g., poverty, homelessness.  However, funding may not support church operations or routine activities for its constituents and visitors, e.g., church services, youth groups.

Geographic Eligibility

All applicant organizations, prospective programs, projects and services must be located within the geographic area previously served by Welborn Baptist Hospital. The Foundation’s funding region includes these Tri-State counties:




Dubois, Gibson, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, Warrick

Gallatin, Saline, Wabash, Wayne, White


Funding Exclusions

The following program and project areas will not be considered for funding:

  • Scholarships, loans, grants or fellowship support directly to or for the benefit of specific individuals
  • Establishment of, or contributions to a foundation, endowment, trust or permanent interest-bearing account
  • Propaganda or attempt to influence legislation or public election
  • Organizations not in compliance with all local, state and federal laws and regulations regarding discrimination
  • Government agencies reporting to an elected or appointed official (except for schools governed by citizens boards)
  • Funding for deficits or retirement of debt
  • Fundraising events or annual fund drives
  • Venture capital for competitive profit-making ventures
  • Basic scientific research

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