Our Grantmaking Process

The Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation awards grants to tax-exempt organizations serving greater Indianapolis, Indiana. The Foundation has three focus areas: Education, Health, and the Vitality of Indianapolis.

As a general philosophy, the Foundation seeks to support organizations and initiatives that are led by highly effective boards and executive leadership, that are goal oriented, and that consistently deliver strong outcomes. The Foundation is particularly interested in supporting initiatives designed to address unmet needs and bring about transformative change within its focus areas. In addition, evaluating the impact of programs and initiatives and sharing lessons learned with community stakeholders are integral components of the Foundation’s work.

We welcome inquiries from organizations at any time. If you seek to become a grantee, the first step is to determine your eligibility and assess your alignment with the Foundation’s focus areas, as described in our Grant Application Process.