Elkhart County is loaded with creative, smart,
fun and even quirky people who love this place!

So whether you are 8 or 88, we challenge you to bring us ideas which delight, inspire, and connect people to our community…  because frankly we are a hotbed of awesomeness and we want to show it!

$1,000 awarded monthly (or maybe more!)

What’s a Big Idea?

Here are a few examples of vibrant ideas we LOVE taking place in other communities


What’s in a name?

Why the “little BIG idea grant”? Because we believe in the power of YOU! We believe little grants will help bring your BIG ideas to life. We will award grants up to $1,000 every month, and maybe a few each month. It doesn’t get any easier than that.

What we are looking for:

  • Arts, Culture, Place Making, Community, and Vibrancy
  • Fun, Creative, Inspiring, Viral, and Visible Projects
  • People connecting to People
  • People connecting to Places in Elkhart County

The whole Kit and Caboodle:

  • Apply here anytime (seriously, no deadlines)
  • Applications reviewed monthly or thereabouts
  • Applications reviewed by a really cool team of community volunteers
  • Our people will call your people for the low down
  • Grants up to $1,000
  • Grants awarded monthly
  • Finalists may be invited to a community pitch night (Yay, public speaking!)
  • Winners will have their projects publicized (this means practice saying cheese!)


Kids, Teenagers, Adolescent Adults and Seasoned Citizens… Be prepared, someone will likely contact you (and/or your guardian) with any additional questions or suggestions. All ideas are given equal and fair consideration but are not a guarantee of funding. BTW… the more specific you are about what you’ll use the money for, the more likely we are to roll out the cash!

Oh, and we think you’re really cool BUT…

We’re not going to just give you $1,000 for a car, vacation, rent payment, home repair or a pony… unless it’s the crucial component of a bigger project that also benefits others. (For example: Can your horse karaoke at a community-wide barbeque)

We’re interested in funding projects or new ventures and not the continuation of an existing organization. If your organization still wants to apply, think of a specific and creative $1,000 project which we might support!


What is one of your strengths or areas of talent? Examples might be: Reading, Soccer, Dancing, Singing, Biking, Painting, Making Friends, Making Jokes, Rock Climbing, Counseling, Smiling, Making People Happy. This just gives us a little more insight into the YOU that makes you special.

Parent Info

You are pretty amazing and we think it’s awesome you have an idea for us, but if you are under the age of 18, we need to know a bit about the adult (who is really just a big kid themselves) who is responsible for you:

Kids, this question has absolutely nothing to do with your application. We just thought it would be funny... yeah, you're welcome

Have questions? Contact us.

Kids and Teens, please be sure to have a parent or guardian send us an email with any questions you may have. We want to be sure they are in the loop, you know, legal reasons and all; the government makes us do it. We will contact you soon and are looking forward to your idea!

Contact Us About The Little Big Grant