The Hive Grant Committee

Thank you for becoming a committee member with the Community Foundation. We hope to provide you with meeting information, applications, scoresheets, and committee basics. If you have additional questions, please contact Corinne Becknell Lucas via email at, 574.223.2227 (Rochester office), 574.835.4101 (cell phone), 877.432.6423 (toll free). Our meeting this year will be via Zoom — see details.

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Important Grant Committee Documents

2020 Applicants

Bass Lake Lions – the Dictionary Project Get application $500
Ken Craigs Garden – Increase garden beds. Get application
North Judson-Wayne Twp Fired Dept. – Fire education house.  Get application $1,000
Starke County Sheriff’s Office – Drone program. Get application $9,244
Starke County Youth Club –  SCYC Summer Stars. Get application $2,000
Toyz for Kidz – Toys for children in need. Get application

2019 Recipients/Final reports

Hope Restored Recovery Home – Construction costs. Final report $2,000
Oregon Twp Fire Dept – Fireman’s saw.Final report $1,500
Drew’s Gift of Music – Instruments, repairs and programming.  Final report $750
Cheryl Lyn Welter Family Charitable Foundation –  Matching grants to teachers. Final report pending $750

The Hive Grant Committee Information

The Hive. Through the Starke County Community Foundation, The Hive is a women’s giving circle for Starke County were women pool their resources and work together to enhance the quality of life in their community.

What is a Community Foundation? Community foundations are tax-exempt public charities serving local people who share a common concern – improving the quality of life in their area. Individuals, families, businesses and organizations create permanent charitable funds and the foundation invests and administers those funds.

The Northern Indiana Community Foundation, Inc. (NICF), is a comprised of Fulton, Miami and Starke County Community Foundations who share costs and pool funds into a single cost-effective foundation.

The NICF is directed by a volunteer board consisting of five members from each of the three counties which provides consistent effective management of the endowments. Each county has its own volunteer local board. The executive director and staff are paid positions.

Your role as a committee member. Committee members are also members of The Hive. Annually, you will review grant applications  and select the finalists to be presented to the entire group at the annual event. At the event, finalists make a presentation to the members. Members then vote on their favorite presenter and votes are tallied. All finalist receive funding based on the number of votes received. There are typically 3-4 finalist and grant amounts are determined by the grant committee.

Grant Committee Information. Committee members must be members of The Hive and grants are awarded to 501(c)(3), tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, or projects that are charitable in nature.

How often do we meet? The committee meets once a year, and again at The Hive annual event where the final decisions are made.

What if I am involved with an organization that is requesting a grant? Members complete a “Conflict of Interest” form. If you have a conflict, you will refrain from participating in the discussions of that particular application and will not vote on that application. If you have a leadership position with an organization requesting funds, you need to inform the committee chair in advance of the meeting.

How how do we select the finalists? On this page you will find the applications received as well as score sheets that will help you in your evaluation of the applications. At the grant committee meeting, members will share their scores and discuss the applications. This is where you can also share insights on the organizations, projects and applications.  The committee as a whole will make the decision on which applications are brought before The Hive at the annual event and the dollar amounts the finalists will receive.