Grant Seeker FAQ’s

Guidelines For Funding

East 91st Street Christian Church Foundation is a not-for-profit Private Foundation. It is a Public Benefit Corporation formed under Indiana law.

The Foundation does not provide funding for operating expenses of existing ministries. The Foundation concentrates on funding new or expanding ministries. There are two objectives for grants:

  1. Assisting the making of disciples. Matthew 28: 18-20
  2. Meeting the physical needs of hurting people. Matthew 25:35-40

All organizations, and their officers, receiving grants from the Foundation must adhere to Christian beliefs and principles. These beliefs affirm that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, who died and was resurrected and who provides individuals with their only hope of eternal salvation.

Grants will only be given to churches and organizations recognized as tax exempt under Section 501 (c) (3) of the U. S. Internal Revenue Code. Grants cannot be given to individuals, or groups which are not tax exempt or for-profit.

What is the difference between a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and a Full Proposal?

A Letter of Inquiry is a brief introduction to your organization and is used as a tool to help the Fund select which organizations will be invited to submit a full proposal. An LOI does not need to have a specific funding request and requires less information than a full proposal. Proposals are used to determine which organizations will receive funding and therefore require much more detailed information. You do not need an invitation to submit an LOI, although we suggest reading our guidelines carefully to ensure your organization is eligible for funding.  Proposals are accepted through invitation only.

If I am a returning grantee, do I need to submit another LOI?

If you received funding the previous year, it is not required, although you are welcome to send us an update. If you received funding more than one year ago, you will need to begin the LOI process again.

Should I request an in-person meeting with East 91st Foundation Directors?

We generally do not meet with applicants until a proposal has been invited or because a Director has requested a meeting. Speaking with East 91st Foundation before the LOI or proposal submission will not increase an organization’s likelihood of funding as this decision is made by the board. However, you may contact us with any questions.

If my organization is outside of Indianapolis metro area, may I send an LOI?

You may send an LOI, but chances of funding are quite slim.  If your organization’s programming is based outside of the USA even if it is headquartered in this country or has a 501(c)3 partner, you are not eligible for funding through the general grant process.

What is the average grant size?

Our grants generally are $5,000, although we do make smaller and larger grants.

If we receive a grant, what are the reporting requirements?

Most grantees are required to submit a final report outlining the completion of its goals at the end of the grant period. For grants that are larger than average, we may require a mid-year report as well.  Reporting requirements are included in your grant agreement and transmittal letter.

Do you support multi-year grants?

Occasionally, but not very often. 

If we have received a grant, will we be able to receive funding in subsequent years?

Yes, although you will have to reapply. A previous grant is not a guarantee of future funding