Starke County Grants

The Community Foundation has no deadline for many of their applications. Those seeking grant dollars may submit applications at any time. Community Support Grants: several hundred to several thousand dollars are awarded to many organizations and provide support throughout the community. Community Education Grants: for public schools/teachers in the Starke County. Field of Interest grants support alternative agriculture and Starke County students for projects regarding Indiana history and social studies. The James R. Hardesty Leadership in Philanthropy Award highlights achievements of an outstanding individual philanthropist and organizations that makes an impact in the community.

No application deadline

Review the Grant Guidelines to make sure your project falls within the Community Foundation’s area of granting. We accept proposals on a continuous basis.


The Starke United Fund is a partnership with the Northern Indiana Community Foundation that provides an efficient way to assist Starke County’s charitable agencies.  This grant opportunity is possible thanks to donations to unrestricted gifts and to the Starke United Community Fund.

“Starke County benefits from the Community Foundation in so many ways.”

Cheryl Orkis – Grant Committee

Corinne Becknell Lucas

Associate Director

Phone: 574-223-2229

Starke County Projects Supported by Unrestricted Community Funds

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You can help grow grant dollars for Starke County's Future.

Gifts to the Community Funds that make these grants possible will be matched $2 for $1 by the Lilly Endowment Inc. through December 31, 2020 or until the match is met! You can give a gift to be matched by clicking “Donate.” Additional instructions can be found on the donate form under “Designate Your Gift.” Contact us for more information!

The Hive Awards Grants!

Members of The Hive voted for their favorite programs and initiatives to receive  funds from dues and a growing endowment fund.  Hope Restored, Oregon Township Fire Department, Drew’s Gift and The Welter Foundation  shared in the $5,000 that was awarded.

2018 Jim Hardesty Leadership Award

Barbara McLaughlin was the recipient of the 2018 Jim Hardesty Leadership in Philanthropy Award from the SCCF. Barbara is one of the original founders of the SCCF and has been an active and important member of the SCCF since it’s humble beginnings. Thank you Barbara for your love and support for the Community Foundation!