Community Grants

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.

If your organization has received a grant two years in a row, please wait at least one year before submitting another application.

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 twice yearly 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.

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 stated in the funded grant application. It is understood that any funds not used in the manner specified in the Letter of Agreement will be returned to RMHCCIN. A request for a change in the use of funds must be submitted in writing prior to approval. RMHCCIN requires detailed accounting of all funds awarded. A Post Award Report is to be submitted one year from the time the grantee received funding. The report is required for the organization to remain in good standing and be eligible for future grants

Questions? Email

To request accessible versions of the Community Grants application or the Guidelines for Giving brochure, please email

Application Deadlines

Please check back for more information.