The Do it Best Foundation announces a major philanthropic initiative that will make a big difference in Northeast Indiana with a charitable grant of up to $150,000 to one area nonprofit organization.

The Big Give is open to any Northeast Indiana nonprofit with a vision for incremental services or programming that will benefit the community, with a focus on at least one of four key strategic areas: health & wellness, youth enrichment, the arts, and the community. Initial applications were accepted through June 3.

Timeline for The Big Give

June 3
Initial applications submitted — continue below to apply

June 20
Three finalists announced at the Fore the Cause Do it Best Foundation event

July 22
Finalists submit formal proposals

Finalists will be invited to present to The Big Give grant evaluation committee after submitting their final proposals, and a single award recipient will be announced in late summer. The Foundation will also add a match component, offering up to an additional $50,000 to match project funds raised by the nonprofit organization from other sources.

Qualifying for The Big Give

To qualify for The Big Give grant opportunity, organizations must meet these eligibility requirements:

  • The organization must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
  • The organization must be located in the 11 counties of Northeast Indiana or serve residents who live or work in Northeast Indiana. Counties include Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley.
  • The project must fall into one of these categories:
      – The community
      – The arts
      – Youth enrichment
      – Health & wellness
  • The project must drive positive community impact through a new or incremental program or service. The grant is not meant for operating expenses or to fund existing programs at their current levels.

Additional notes:

  • Funds must be spent within 2 years, with a final grant report due on December 31, 2024, detailing dollars spent and impact.
  • Finalists will be asked to provide high res images and/or video by June 13.
  • If selected as a finalist, an organization leader must be available to attend the June 20 Fore the Cause event announcement at 7 pm at the Grand Wayne Center in Fort Wayne.