Grants Program

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana (RMHCCIN) extends its reach to the broader community by awarding grants to other 501(c)(3) local charitable organizations and programs that directly improve the lives of children. Twice yearly, our grants committee carefully screens applications from area nonprofit organizations operating in regions served by our local McDonald’s restaurants. Beneficiaries of RMHCCIN grants are local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that have demonstrated an ability to respond to the needs of children and their families in a definitive, hands-on manner, yielding measurable results.

The RMHCCIN Grants Committee meets quarterly in February, May, August and November. All completed application materials are due no later than 5 p.m. on the following dates:

  • February Meeting: Materials due Friday, January 27, 2017
  • May Meeting: Materials due Friday, April 21, 2017
  • August Meeting: Materials due Friday, July 21, 2017
  • November Meeting: Materials due Friday, October 20, 2017

Guidelines for Giving

Funding Considerations
To be considered for funding, an organization must be designated as a not-for-profit and tax-exempt as defined under IRS codes.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities® Of Central Indiana (RMHCCIN) Board of Trustees is most interested in organizations that have:

  • A program that directly benefits children
  • Consistent and effective management
  • Clear goals and objectives
  • Broad base of funding support
  • A demonstrated ability to respond to the needs of specific groups of children in a manner that yields measurable results
  • Requests for specific program support 

RMHCCIN does not fund:

  • Advertising or fundraising activities
  • Partisan, political or denominational programs
  • General and administrative costs
  • Intermediary funding agencies
  • Endowment campaigns
  • Ongoing salaries or travel expenses
  • Requests that are not in writing

Application Guidelines
Your grant proposal must be submitted on an RMHCCIN grant application form. The form requests the following information:

  1. Cover letter on stationery, signed by the senior management official, briefly outlining:
    • The background of the organization
    • Nature of the proposal and request
  2. Project summary including:
    • Project title that is descriptive and specific
    • Concise description of the needs
    • Specific purpose of the funds
    • Long range objectives
    • How objectives will be accomplished
    • Target audience, including:
      • Specific populations served
      • Age of participants
      • Performance sites, including:
    • Geographic areas served:
      • Specific sties (i.e. schools, hospitals)
      • Method of program evaluation
  3. Endorsement letter from McDonald’s® employee or licensee, if applicable
  4. Budget and financial statements including:
    • Current year’s operating budget
    • Audited financial statements
    • Balance sheet
    • Itemized budget for specific funds requested
  5. IRS 501( c ) (3) ruling confirming the organization’s tax-exempt status
  6. Board of Directors list
  7. Past donor information over the past 12 months showing all:
    • Private support
    • Corporate support
    • Foundation Support
  8. Completed checklist (enclosed with the application form) indicating that all requested information has been submitted 

Review Process

The Board meets quarterly to review, select and award grants to not-for-profit organizations, that have demonstrated an ability to respond to the needs of specific group of children in a definitive, “hands-on” manner that yields measurable results.

If there are questions regarding your proposal, you may receive a telephone call or a letter requesting further information, or an appointment for a site visit.

RMHCCIN will acknowledge receipt of your proposal in writing within 30 days. At that time we will also indicate in which quarter the Board will review your proposal. Please be advised that it may take up to six months before the RMHCCIN Board reviews an application.

All Board decisions are reported electronically.

If your proposal is approved, your organization will receive a Letter of Agreement outlining the terms and conditions of the grant which must be signed by an authorized organization official and returned to RMHCCIN. This letter will also highlight arrangements for payment of the grant

Responsibility of Recipient
The recipient of any grant from RMHCCIN must use the funds awarded for the specific purpose of their original intent. RMHCCIN requires detailed accounting of all funds awarded. A follow-up report form will be automatically e-mailed to you 12 months from the date of the award. It is understood that any funds not used in the manner specified in the Letter of Agreement will be returned to RMHCCIN. Any request for a revision regarding use of funds must receive prior approval and be submitted in writing to RMHCCIN.

Grant Application

Guidelines for Giving Brochure