hrough its latest round of Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT), Lilly Endowment has awarded $126.5 million to community foundations across Indiana. In the seventh phase of the initiative (GIFT VII), the Endowment looked to build upon the momentum and successes of GIFT’s earlier phases and further cement Indiana’s community foundations as trusted and valued institutions.

GIFT VII funding will help community foundations raise financial resources, enhance their leadership competencies and address high-priority challenges and opportunities in the towns, cities and counties they serve.


11 Indiana community foundations are receiving grants to support large-scale leadership efforts. Totaling more than $33.5 million, these competitive grants range from $250,000 to $5 million. Explore map and project descriptions.

GIFT VII Funding Opportunities

Community Leadership Grants
The Endowment awarded $50.4 million to help community foundations in their efforts to provide leadership for local efforts to address high priority challenges and opportunities in their communities.

  • Planning grants totaling $5.6 million were awarded based on county size and ranged in amount from $50,000 to $200,000.
  • Community Leadership implementation grants totaling $11.25 million were awarded based on county size and ranged in amount from $75,000 to $500,000.
  • Community Leadership Large-scale grants totaling $33.5 million were awarded through the competitive component of GIFT VII and ranged in amount from $250,000 to $5 million.

    Matching Fund Grants
    The Endowment awarded $66.9 million in matching fund grants to Indiana’s community foundations. Grants were awarded based on county population and ranged from $101,000 to $4 million. Community foundations will have until  September 30, 2021, to raise eligible matching funds against their grant award. Community foundations may use the Matching Form below to submit their matching gifts.

    Board Engagement Grants
    New to GIFT VII is a $9.2 million allocation to encourage board member engagement. Specifically, a community foundation will have an opportunity to receive a $100,000 unrestricted grant if it receives a qualifying financial contribution from all of its board members who served from Jan. 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. In total, 92 board engagement grants totaling $9.2 million were awarded to each county’s community foundation.


    The application period has closed for all GIFT VII proposals (Matching Fund, Community Leadership Planning and Implementation).

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