The Crown Point Community Foundation The Crown Point Community Foundation

Grant Guidelines

The Crown Point Community Foundation is interested in funding projects to enrich the quality of life in South Lake County.

When reviewing grant applications, the grant committee will give consideration to the following guidelines:

  • The potential community impact of the grant and the number of people who will benefit.
  • Projects in the fields of interest in: Education, Health and Human Services, Civic Affairs, Preservation and Conservation, Arts and Culture.
  • The extent of local volunteers’ involvement and support for the project.
  • The composition and level of commitment of the organization’s directors/trustees.
  • The organization’s fiscal responsibility and management qualifications.
  • The ability of the organization to obtain additional funding to implement the project. 
  • The organization’s ability to provide funding after a long-term grant has expired.
  • Grants may not be used for any political campaign, or to support attempts to influence the legislature of any government body.

The grant proposal must outline the project goals and objectives; plan for implementation; budget; staffing needs and/or volunteer component; method of evaluation; and explanation of how the project will impact the community. 

Writing your grant proposal

The information provided should be brief enough to facilitate Foundation review, yet complete enough to provide a basis for a valid decision. Please limit your proposal narrative to three (3) pages.  The following questions will assist you.

  1. What is the purpose of your organization? How long has it been in existence? Whom does it serve?
  2. What are the issues that this project will try to address?
  3. What is the purpose of this project?
  4. Describe who will be served by this project. How many people will be served? What is the geographic area served by this project? What percent of your clients are from the south Lake County service area?
  5. What role do you anticipate for volunteers in this project?
  6. Who else in the community is working on this issue? What will you do that is better or different than existing programs? How will you coordinate your project with existing programs?
  7. How will this project enhance or improve your organization’s effectiveness?
  8. What other funding sources have you contacted? How much has been funded to date? How will this project be funded in the future?
  9. How will the project be evaluated?
  10. Describe the impact of this project on the organization, clients and the community.
  11. What evidence can you give regarding the ability of your organization to implement this project?
  12. What other information would you like to provide?