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Nonprofit Grant Committee


  • Tiffanie Ditlevson
  • Cecilia Coble
  • Bill Stuart

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.

Learn more about Nonprofit Grants and apply here.

Grant Policy

  • Applicants need to have and provide proof of an Internal Revenue Section 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. 
  • Only Organizations located in Fishers or projects or events held by Organizations which are expected to have a large positive impact on Fishers residents and community will be considered. 
  • The Organization cannot be a recipient of another City of Fishers grant or contribution (i.e. Fishers Police Foundation, Fishers Firefighters Foundation, etc). 
  • The maximum grant amount is One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000.00). 
  • 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/or percentage 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. 
  • Accounting will need to be provided by the Organization to City Council Non-Profit Committee of the Organization’s expenditure of grant proceeds. 
  • Organization should demonstrate financial responsibility and management qualifications. 
  • Organization should provide evidence of 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 recipients will be required to sign a Contribution Agreement with the City. 

Grant Selection Criteria

  • Proven Success: Organization measures and tracks outcomes and has a record of achieving goals.
  • Organizational Strength: Organization demonstrates fiscal responsibility and has proper staff and board oversight.
  • Cooperation & Collaboration: Organization uses innovative approaches to solve pressing issues in Fishers while collaborating with partners to best leverage efforts and reduce duplication of services.
  • Reliability: Organization has the resources and plans available to maintain the work after the grant period ends.
  • Local Support: Organization’s beneficiaries are primarily located in Fishers.
  • 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.

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