Statewide Capital Projects Initiative

What is it?

The Statewide Capital Projects Initiative is a five-year initiative that will infuse capital funds into real estate spaces for Indiana counties served by Indiana United Ways’ (IUW) United Way members. The purpose of this initiative is to increase the availability and quality of essential health and human services in all communities. Supported by Lilly Endowment Inc., the Statewide Capital Projects Initiative will distribute $80 million in the form of matching capital grants for these real estate needs.

Who qualifies for a capital grant?

Nonprofit 501(C)(3) community benefit organizations that can reasonably demonstrate that the primary purpose of the capital project space is to directly deliver essential health and human services (i.e., childcare, early childhood education, mental health care, purpose-built supportive or transitional housing, food assistance, etc.) may qualify for a matching grant. The Initiative does not cover capital costs associated with administrative uses.

Examples of organizations that do not qualify for funding include real estate developers, nonprofits established by for-profit entities, economic development corporations, community development corporations, public education foundations, and nonprofit organizations that do not have a primary purpose of directly delivering essential health and human services (i.e., market-rate sports and recreation facilities, museums, cultural centers, etc.).

What type of projects may qualify for a matching capital grant?

A wide range of projects designed to increase the availability and quality of essential health and human services will be considered as part of this Initiative. These projects may involve purchase of land, construction, renovation, furniture/fixtures/equipment directly associated with a capital project’s direct delivery of essential health and human services to the community, and other capital asset needs. Routine maintenance, preventable repairs, and housing without fully integrated supportive services do not qualify under this Initiative.

How much can I apply for?

There are two tiers of funding available under this Initiative:

Tier 1 ($50K-$200K)

  • Projects under this Tier will typically be non-structural, less complex, less time-intensive, and lower risk than those under Tier 2.
  • Example projects: roof or HVAC replacement, remodeling, or equipment needed to maintain program operations or expand capacity to serve more people, such as a generator or larger commercial freezer for food banks

Tier 2 ($200,001-$1.5 million)

  • Projects under this Tier will be more complex, time and resource intensive, and higher risk. A formal partnership agreement will be required between the applicant and local IUW Member United Way. There is a two-step preliminary and final approval process for Tier 2 projects.
  • Example projects: construction of a new childcare center that expands local capacity, renovation of an existing structure to become a one-stop community resource center for nonprofit services to the community

* Match Required! All requests for Tier 1 and Tier 2 funding will require a 1:1 match from funds that do not originate from Indiana United Ways. Funds originating from Lilly Endowment Inc. will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. In addition, funds committed as part of the match cannot be simultaneously committed under another funding opportunity. United Way of Marshall County is not responsible for fundraising nor obligated to commit funds to a capital project venture.

How do I apply for funding?

Between January 8, 2024, and March 31, 2028, applications from those entities that have met the requirements for eligibility and have the endorsement of United Way of Marshall County will be accepted on a rolling basis by Indiana United Ways. Final approval, and grant award, are dependent upon fundraising completion and meeting other conditional requirements by IUW’s Statewide Capital Projects Initiative committee. It is highly recommended to discuss potential projects and timelines with United Way of Marshall County as early as possible.

Step One: Click here to take the Eligibility Quiz

Step Two: After taking the Eligibility Quiz, please complete this Application Form and accompanying Budget & Timeline Excel and submit them to as soon as possible with the information you have available about your proposed project.

While these forms include the questions that will be required if/when the application moves further into the review process, it is not necessary at this time to answer all the questions or include all of the supplemental materials.

Provide as much information as you have available.

At this stage of the process, please pay particular attention to:

     1) The question about how your project will help solve a significant need in the community and how it will impact the local community (ies)

     2) The estimated Total Project Funds and the United Way SCPI Grant Request

Click here to view more information about the Statewide Capital Initiative Process.

To visit the Statewide Capital Projects Initiative FAQs, click here.

For more information, please contact