Grant Program Categories and Due Dates

Grant Program Categories

As a charitable foundation, the Rising Sun Regional Foundation addresses the broad needs of the residents in its grantmaking region. The Foundation’s grantmaking generally falls into the following categories:

Community Development
to include support of projects and programs related to community infrastructure improvements, public safety, economic development, housing, historic preservation, citizen involvement, civic leadership training, and other general community activities;

to include support for programs in pre-school, elementary, and secondary education, post-secondary education, and for special education programs, including scholarship programs;

Human Services
to include the support of human service related programs in the areas of children and youth, senior citizens, disadvantaged populations, etc.;

Cultural Affairs
to include the support of programs and facilities which are designed to establish a diversified regional cultural program that offers wide-spread opportunities for participation and appreciation;

Health and Medical
to include the support of health and medical-related programs.


Grant Application Due Dates

January 15*
April 15*
July 15*
October 15*

* If this date happens to be on a Saturday,
Sunday, or national holiday, the grant application
deadline will be the next following business day.
* Applications are due in the Foundation office
by 5:00 p.m. local time on application deadline
dates as published above.

Grant applications can be downloaded here: RSRF grant application

$225,294 Awarded in Grants in the Fourth Quarter 2015

The Rising Sun Regional Foundation (RSRF) awarded a total of $225,294 in 12 new grants in the past quarter. These grants included:

-$5,000 to the South Ripley Community School Corporation toward the purchase of playground equipment for its elementary school;

-$31,294 to Aurora Emergency Rescue Unit toward the replacement of a chassis on one of its ambulances;

-$40,000 to the Ohio County Community Foundation toward matching funds for Lilly Endowment’s GIFT VI Initiative;

-$2,000 to the Southern Ripley County Emergency Life Squad toward the purchase of training equipment;

-$15,000 to the Town of Versailles toward the establishment of a walking trail along the Tyson Memorial Sports Complex;

-$28,000 to the Town of Napoleon toward the purchase and installation of two lift station pumps;

-$20,000 to the Ripley County Commissioners toward the purchase of a pothole patcher;

-$35,000 to Napoleon Volunteer Fire Company toward the purchase of a new truck;

-$20,000 to the Milan Community School Corporation toward renovations to the softball field;

-$1,000 to Hoosier Hills Literacy League for the purchase of books for its program in Ripley County;

-$20,000 to Rising Sun/Ohio County Community School Corporation toward the purchase of a minibus; and

-$8,000 to Lifetime Resources toward matching funds for a new Catch-A-Ride van.

“With this latest round of grants,” announced Jerry Smith, RSRF President, “the Foundation has awarded a total of $959,309 in 2014. We are pleased to be able to continue a strong grantmaking program, where we can help meet the needs of the communities we serve.”

The next grant application deadline is January 15. Grant applications are available at Please contact Jascia Redwine at for more information.