The Land Conservation Fund was created to preserve and protect important conservation and recreation areas throughout Delaware County or those owned by Delaware County organizations. Property acquired with this fund will become part of the public trust to ensure that the land is protected for future generations of Hoosiers to use and enjoy. 

Grant Procedures

  • The Land Conservation Fund Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors review applications on a quarterly basis.
  • All applications are submitted in the online grants system.
  • All applicants are encouraged to contact the Program Officer prior to submission with questions about the grant program and how best to craft their application.
  • Foundation staff, on behalf of the Land Conservation Fund Advisory Committee, may conduct application research. Organizations should expect contact through email, phone or in-person in the time between application submission and notification. It is of vital importance to provide answers to questions and access to sites if a visit is requested.
  • Notification occurs approximately 6-8 weeks after full application deadlines.
  • Organizations awarded a grant are required to sign a grant agreement form electronically to accept the conditions of the grant.
  • Organizations awarded a grant are required to sign a request for distribution form electronically to receive payment.
  • Organizations awarded a grant are required to submit a post grant report.

Grant Guidelines

The Foundation does not make grants to individuals and generally does not make grants for religious purposes, covering budget deficits, travel, fundraising events, endowments, or for specific program or project expenses that are already covered by planned tax distributions received by a government agency for current year state approved budgets. The Foundation does not typically award to statewide (IN), out of state, or national organizations unless the monies are to be used solely to benefit citizens of Delaware County, Ind. The Foundation does not award grants that provide direct benefit to a donor or donor's family. Grants are generally awarded to 501(c)(3) organizations.

Each grant awarded will be evaluated and a post-grant report is required for each grant received. A post-grant report, including financial/expenditure information, is required for the organization to remain in good standing and be eligible for future grant awards. All overdue post-grant reports must be received before the due date of any current grant applications for the Grants Committee to review the current application.

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Upcoming Deadlines

March 1
June 1
September 1
December 1

Contact: Program Officer

The Foundation operates without discrimination as to age, race, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or that perceived as a disability in the consideration of grant requests. Likewise, the Foundation does not knowingly support programs that negatively discriminate based on the aforementioned factors.

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