Through its newest round of Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) Lilly Endowment is making available $125 million to community foundations across Indiana.  In this seventh phase of the initiative (GIFT VII), the Endowment looks to build upon the momentum and successes of GIFT’s earlier phases and further cement Indiana’s community foundations as trusted and valued institutions.

With GIFT VII, the Endowment seeks to help community foundations raise financial resources and provide community foundations with funds to enhance their leadership competencies and address high-priority challenges and opportunities in the towns, cities and counties they serve.

Indiana community foundations can apply for funds that are being allocated in the following ways:

Matching Fund Grants

The Endowment has 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 Dec. 31, 2020, 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 financial contribution from all of its board members. A community foundation that receives at least $500 in financial support from each of its board members from Jan. 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020, will be eligible for the grant in 2020.

Community Leadership Grants

The Endowment has allocated $48.9 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 will be available to community foundations based on county size with grants ranging from $50,000 to $200,000.  Implementation grants will also be available based on county size, ranging from $100,000 to $500,000.  In addition, larger grants of up to $5 million will be selectively available for high-impact, large-scale opportunities.


An Indiana community foundation must have satisfactorily participated in a previous GIFT phase or program. Lilly Endowment reserves the right to determine whether the participation of a community foundation in a previous phase/program was satisfactory. The applicant must be legally established as a community foundation in the state of Indiana and recognized as a public charity by the Internal Revenue Service. An affiliate fund must apply through the community foundation with which it is affiliated. Learn More


The application period for Matching Fund Grant and Community Leadership Grant planning proposals has closed.