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. In addition, several organizations receive grant support from the Foundation due to a historical connection with Dick Fairbanks and his family.

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. We are particularly interested in supporting initiatives designed to bring about transformative change within our focus areas.

The Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation utilizes a flexible assessment process to determine alignment of an organization or initiative with the Foundation’s current funding priorities. These priorities evolve over time to reflect lessons learned from previous grants and new environmental factors. 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.

Click here to learn more about Prevention Matters. Through this three-year initiative, the Foundation has awarded more than $10 million to help Marion County public (traditional, charter and innovation network) and accredited private K-12 schools identify, implement and sustain proven substance use prevention programs.