Community Foundation of St. Joseph County

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Special Project Challenge Grants

The Special Project Challenge Grant process encourages projects in the following areas:

  • Community development & urban affairs
  • Health & human services
  • Parks, recreation, & environment
  • Youth & education

Nonprofit organizations serving the citizens of St. Joseph County are eligible to submit the Special Project Challenge Grant Cover Sheet with required attachments.

**Guidelines revised October 2014. The two-year waiver of restriction against requests for operating support is no longer in place (Expired March 1, 2011).

Please review the guidelines carefully before submission.

Application Deadlines: March 1 and October 1
Please note if the grant deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the application is due the next business day at 9:00 a.m. and should be sent to


  1. Download the full Special Project Challenge Grant Guidelines (PDF*). Email submission required.
  2. Download the Special Project Challenge Grant Cover Sheet (PDF*).
  3. Download the Budget Template to assist with your grant application project budget. 

Please contact the Foundation’s Program Director if you have any questions.