The James Foundation’s Mission
Grant Giving Focus:
The James Foundation strives to enhance the quality of life in Indiana, and other areas of interest to the Foundation, by focusing on the following special interests:
The James Foundation is continually testing new ideas and pushing boundaries of the current concept of operations, searching for new grant opportunities to be funded that explore thought provoking and motivation projects with benevolent intent.
Eligibility and Types of Support
The James Foundation primarily makes grants to charitable organizations that have been recognized by the IRS as being descripts as Section 501(c)3 tax-exempt organizations based in the United States.
The James Foundation has a goal of encouraging educational opportunities for youth graduating from DeKalb High School by offering three scholarships to graduating seniors.
Unfortunately, we must decline numerous worthy proposals each year because they do not fit in the Foundation’s grant giving focus or mission. This is not a reflection on the merit of the proposal and project. The Foundation will do its best to help recommend suitable funding alternatives.
The Foundation will not consider grants for the following types of activities or entities:
- Organizations that discriminate in either policy or practice against people because of their age, race, national origin, ethnicity, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
- Lobbying or Political Elections
- Individual requests for personal loans
- For-Profit business related financial needs
The Foundation approaches the grant process in two stages: Preliminary Grant Application and Full Proposals. Grant Partners must first submit a Preliminary Grant Application. This application will give the Foundation basic information about your organization’s need and project you are seeking a funding partner to complete. This Preliminary Grant Application will be reviewed by Foundation staff and Grant Committee. If the program fits the Foundation’s mission and gifting focus, your organization will be given guidelines to submit a full proposal. Full Proposals from grant partners will be presented to the Foundation’s Grant Committee and a decision about the grant will be presented to grant seekers within 90 days of Full Proposal submission.
Grant Partners are asked to adhere to the application process as attempts to bypass the process may affect the outcome of the request. Although the Foundation is managed by family and community members, we ask that you please respect the privacy of each of these people and not approach them personally regarding your submittal.
The Foundation believes it is important to evaluate how its Grant Partners meets its goals with successful grant applications. Foundation representatives visit each recipient as a measure of accountability and support. A final report will be required for every successful grant.