Community Benefit Capital Grants
NCHS accepts unsolicited requests from qualified nonprofit organizations seeking financial support for capital projects related to health and the development of healthy communities. 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.
NCHS approved 83% of all eligible grant requests in 2016. Review the capital grant guidelines below to determine whether your project might be a fit for our funding priorities and to learn more about our application process.
Capital 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.
Requests for the following generally fall outside NCHS capital 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 capital grants to:
- Organizations that are not tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charities
- Foundations or endowments
- Religious organizations
- Public or private educational institutions
- Municipalities or organizations with taxing authority
NCHS provides financial support to qualified nonprofit organizations that share our commitment to health and healthy communities. As a healthcare provider, NCHS prioritizes funding for capital grants addressing needs identified by the 2015 River Bend Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment and the 2016 NCHS Community Health Needs Assessment Implementation Plan.
NCHS prefers to fund capital grants that include some or all of the following criteria:
- Enhance health outcomes and develop healthy communities
- 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 capital grant cycles with the following fund availability periods:
|Requested Amount||Letters Accepted||Fund Availability|
|Over $250,000||May 1 - August 1||After January 1 of the following year|
|$100,000 - $250,000||Ongoing||Within 90 days of approval|
|Less than $100,000||Ongoing||Within 60 days of approval|
Organizations interested in initiating a capital 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 capital grant 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.
While not all organizations will meet all criteria, the questions below provide a guide for capital grant application review:
- 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?
- 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?
- Is the organization fiscally responsible?
- Does the organization have the appropriate staff, internal systems, and board leadership to be effective?
- Has the organization demonstrated its ability to sustain the resources necessary to maintain its work?
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.