Application Guidelines

NCHS provides financial support to qualified not-for-profit organizations that share our commitment to health and healthy communities, primarily through grants for capital projects. NCHS is committed to supporting organizations that demonstrate sound financial management, efficient operations, and the organizational capacity to sustain successful projects with significant potential for positive impact on the community. NCHS encourages collaboration among organizations that use resources efficiently and provide programs and services that are not duplicative. As a longstanding health care provider, NCHS prioritizes grants in health and human services.

Eligibility

Grant proposals are accepted from tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations, as defined under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, that serve one or more of the following counties in Indiana: Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Warren, or White.

Ineligibility

Requests for the following generally fall outside NCHS grantmaking guidelines and priorities:

  • Operational expenses
  • Debt reduction or retirement
  • Replacement of predictably obsolescent equipment
  • Annual appeals, membership, or fundraising drives
  • Special events such as parades, dinners, festivals, or sporting events

NCHS generally does not award grants to:

  • Organizations that are not tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charities
  • Individuals
  • Foundations or endowments
  • Religious organizations
  • Municipalities or organizations with taxing authority

Funding Priorities

NCHS provides financial support to qualified not-for-profit organizations that share our commitment to health and healthy communities, primarily through grants for capital projects. As a longstanding health care provider, NCHS prioritizes grants in health and human services.

NCHS prefers to fund grants that include the following criteria:

  • Primarily capital in nature
  • Create opportunities for sustainable and significant long-term impacts
  • Have broad community support and sponsorship
  • Encourage creativity and collaboration among organizations
  • Efficiently utilize limited resources
  • Leverage funding opportunities
  • Build capacity, improve, or expand existing programs that address demonstrated unmet community needs

Grant Review Cycles

Letters of inquiry are accepted during the following grant cycles with the following fund availability periods:

Requested AmountLetters AcceptedFund Availibility
Over $250,000May 1 - August 1After January 1 of the following year
$100,000 - $250,000OngoingWithin 90 days of approval
Less than $100,000OngoingWithin 60 days of approval


Application Process

Organizations interested in initiating a grant request should begin by submitting a letter of inquiry that provides:

  • A concise description of the organization
  • A statement of the problem or need to be addressed
  • An explanation of the project or proposed solution
  • Estimated total cost of the project
  • Description of any existing financial or organizational partners
  • Amount requested from NCHS

Letters of inquiry should be addressed to:

North Central Health Services, Inc.
Attn: Virginia Vought, Director of Community Benefit Grantmaking
2900 North River Road
West Lafayette, IN 47906

Upon receipt of the letter of inquiry, initial review will determine whether the request meets NCHS funding guidelines and priorities. You will be notified in writing of the initial determination. If approved for further evaluation, you will be informed of application opportunities.

If you're unsure whether your request is a good fit for NCHS funding priorities, please contact Virginia Vought at (765) 423-1604 for assistance. In 2016, NCHS approved 83% of all eligible grant requests. 

Review Criteria

While not all organizations will meet all criteria, the questions below provide a guide for application review:

Proven Success

  • Does the organization have a clear mission and clearly defined outcomes toward which it is working?
  • Does the organization have proven success achieving organizational goals and positive outcomes for its target population?
  • Has the organization demonstrated its ability to measure success and impact?

Collaboration

  • Does the organization coordinate and collaborate with other organizations to increase impact, avoid duplicative service, and efficiently leverage resources?
  • For requests over $250,000, has the organization demonstrated community support for the project by raising 10% at minimum or more from other funders so far?

Effective Operations

  • Is the organization fiscally responsible?
  • Does the organization have the appropriate staff, internal systems, and board leadership to be effective?

Sustainability

  • Has the organization demonstrated its ability to sustain the resources necessary to maintain its work?

Contact Us

We encourage you to contact Virginia Vought, Director of Community Benefit Grantmaking, with any questions about the NCHS grantmaking program at (765) 423-1604 or through the form below. We look forward to learning more about your organization.

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