The City of Terre Haute nonprofit grant program was developed to provide financial support for nonprofits in the City of Terre Haute in response to the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted nearly all aspects of support services from local community nonprofits, increasing needs in programming and staffing while crippling fundraising efforts.

These grants are intended to help alleviate the pressure of operational supports for nonprofits and allow them to build capacity and organizational development that responds and adapts to the growing needs of our most vulnerable in the city of Terre Haute.

These grants are designed to help organizations work more efficiently and effectively and are meant to aid development at a structural level, increasing an organization’s ability to deliver on its mission over time. They are not intended to cover routine core operating expenses nor provide on-going programmatic support.

Grant awards will be made up to a maximum of $50,000 and a minimum of $10,000. Grant amounts will be based on supporting the applicant’s goal in their application. Awardees will have 18 months to complete projects.

The Project Qualification Survey is Closed.

Grant Program Goals

  • Build capacity and organizational development of nonprofit community
  • Strengthen the organization’s infrastructure, management, and/or governance
  • Increase organizational effectiveness

Eligibility of Applicants

  • Applicant must be a registered 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(19) organization
  • Organization must be based in the City of Terre Haute limits
  • Must have been in operation in the City of Terre Haute since March 2022 and must still be in operation
  • Must disclose information on any pending litigation or legal actions

Eligible Use of Funds

Organizational planning and technical assistance

Examples include: Strategic planning, succession planning, establishing or upgrading a volunteer/donor management system, or external communication strategy planning and execution.

Staff development and training for employee retention

Examples include conferences, trainings, or workshops that promote skill development or mission-focused development. Opportunities must be significantly related to the applicant’s position and the agency’s mission. The applicant should be able to prove how the opportunity will improve their ability to do their job.

Examples of opportunities include conferences such as the National Mentoring Summit, courses at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, or memberships to training organizations like the Non-Profit Learning Lab for ongoing skill development programs.

Funds may be used for registration fees or tuition reimbursement and one of the following: hotel expenses, mileage reimbursement, or airfare reimbursement.

Capital expenditures

Examples include equipment, technology upgrades, licensing fees, and software.


Examples include improvements, renovations, major repairs, or expansion.

Preference given to owned buildings and those who use contractors located in West Central Indiana.

Match for other major grants or funding opportunities that relate to capacity building.

Ineligible Use of Funds

  • Debt payments
  • Building lease
  • Utilities
  • Insurance
  • Ongoing programmatic support
  • Routine operating expenses

Project Qualification Survey

As the first step, each applicant will complete a Project Qualification Survey outlining their basic funding request and organization’s basics and provide Stewardship Package documents.  This entry will be done in an open survey utilizing Survey Monkey as an easy way for organizations to apply.

Review of these documents will determine whether an organization is eligible to apply for funding.  The answers to these questions will not be evaluated based on their response, but rather to ensure that answers align with the goals of the funding and that the organization qualifies to fully apply.  This will help potential applicants avoid developing lengthy proposals which are not competitive.  Deadline for entry is May 30, 2024 at 5:00 pm.

If the Project Qualification Survey doesn’t align with eligible funding opportunities, varies significantly from the grant purpose and outcomes, or if any of the requested Stewardship Package documents are not available and submitted, the applying organization will not be allowed to submit a full application and will be removed from the process and notified of the decision.

The Project Qualification Survey does not allow you to save and return to your work.  The word document of the survey has been provided to allow you to formulate your responses before working to submit them in the survey.

The United Way of the Wabash Valley will be hosting two meetings for potential applicants to provide guidance on the grant program and application.  The meetings will be at the United Way office at 100 S. 7th Street on April 18th at 9:00 am and April 30th at 4:00 pm.  

For more information on the full grant process view the full grant details below.  

Contact United Way of the Wabash Valley if you have any questions at 812-235-6287 or [email protected].