When We Fund

    We accept one application per group per our fiscal year (July 1 – June 30). There are four annual deadlines for grant applications.

    • September 30 (at 11:59pm EST): All applications received between July 1 – September 30 will receive a response by the end of November.
    • December 31 (at 11:59pm EST): All applications received between October 1 – December 31 will receive a response by the end of March.
    • March 31 (at 11:59pm EST): All applications received between January 1 – March 31 will receive a response by the end of May.
    • June 30 (at 11:59pm EST): All applications received between April 1 – June 30 will receive a response by the end of August

     

    Please submit your organization’s completed W-9 form and non-discrimination policy with your application.

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    Eligible Organizations

    Eligible organizations must be located in (or serve) at least one of our core markets: California, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, or Pennsylvania.

    Organizations must also be at least one of the following:

    • Recognized by and registered with the United States I.R.S. as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization; or
    • Accredited public preK-12 schools or school districts in the U.S. to which contributions are tax-deductible under the Internal Revenue Code of the United States; or
    • Accredited public or nonprofit colleges and universities in the U.S. to which contributions are tax-deductible under the Internal Revenue Code of the United States.

     

    Ineligible Organizations

    Organizations include, but are not limited to, the following (please note that this list may be expanded or amended by IGS):

    • Political organizations (partisan organizations or those supporting specific candidates, issues or legislation).
    • Religious organizations (churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of worship), or other organizations primarily promoting religious purposes. Other faith-based community service organizations or schools may be considered eligible if their programs:
      • Are open to all individuals in the community regardless of religious belief;
      • Serve a secular purpose, such as a food pantry, homeless shelter, or education;
      • Do not require participation in prayer, worship, or other religious activities as a condition of receiving service(s) offered; and
      • Do not use the individual donation or resulting match for religious purposes.
    • Donor-advised funds, private foundations, personal trusts.
    • Organizations that do not comply with IGS’ non-discrimination policy (i.e. organizations that discriminate on the basis of a person’s race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex [including pregnancy], sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status or other characteristic[s] protected by law).