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Community Partnership

Grant Funding Guidelines

Funding Priorities

It is our wish to meet the needs of every community in our footprint; however, our funding will target innovative programs that enhance the quality of life within our communities in support of two main strategic initiatives, which are Community & Economic Development and Education. Priority consideration is given to programs that target low- to moderate-income individuals. 

It is our belief that viable, sustainable communities are created when strong Community & Economic Development programs and Educational opportunities are available.  Examples of such programming include the following:

Economic Development

  • Rehabilitation and construction of affordable housing that assists low- and moderate-income individuals and families
  • Neighborhood revitalization initiatives

Early Childhood and Youth Development

  • Tutoring and mentoring initiatives
  • Early childhood development programs focusing on school readiness
  • Academic achievement programs focusing on foundational skills, such as math and reading
  • Educational outreach initiatives for elementary education students
  • Finance and economic education for young adults Education
  • STEM education initiatives
  • College preparation initiatives
  • Multi-cultural education awareness outreach initiatives

Financial Literacy

  • Homeownership education and credit management
  • Adult savings and investing education
  • Money management and budgeting

Workforce Development

  • Job skills training
  • Entrepreneurship initiatives
  • Business coaching
  • Graduation retention initiatives

Restrictions

Old National Bank Foundation will ordinarily only fund one request per grantee per calendar year. Exceptions to this one per year funding will be rare.

We cannot fund every worthwhile endeavor.  Our support is directed to areas that demonstrate the most critical need and can have the greatest impact in support of our funding priorities.  The ONB Foundation does not provide funding for the following:

  • Individuals
  • Endowments
  • Requests that will be used mainly for salaries or general operations
  • School clubs/organizations, including, but not limited to bands, athletic or academic teams, booster clubs, PTO/PTA
  • Meals, tickets, dues, memberships, fees, travel, tuition, subscriptions and other tangible benefits
  • Childcare fees/subsidies or K-12 tuition
  • Meetings, conferences, workshops
  • Summer camps
  • Political, labor, military, veteran’s, international or fraternal organizations
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, age or religion
  • Programs administered by religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Debt retirement or funding of any activity that is already completed
  • Contests, Competitions, Athletic Events, Beauty Pageants or Talent Contests
  • Sponsorships, fundraisers, races, telethons, marathons, benefits, banquets, galas, golf tournaments, festivals or other events
  • Scholarly or medical research
  • Feasibility studies, project research or development phases, including the cost of hiring consultants or planners

Please Note: Capital campaign requests will be accepted by invitation only – please contact Foundation staff for more information.

The Foundation may also consider requests in the areas of Arts & Culture and Health & Human Services for programs that address critical community needs, when funding is available.