The grantmaking of the Ingram-White Castle Foundation (IWCF) reflects the interests of both the Ingram Family and White Castle System, Inc., as its name suggests. Although IWCF is primarily interested in supporting projects in the field of education, the Foundation’s mission is much broader.
The Foundation supports programs that:
Priority is given to those projects that:
Generally, grants are not made for religious purposes, budget deficits, conferences, or projects that are normally the responsibility of a public agency. Support is generally given for one year. Grants are made primarily in the central Ohio area.
Grant Application Instructions
The Ingram-White Castle Foundation has two grantmaking deadlines per year: the second Friday of January and the first working day of August. The online Letter of Intent (LOI) Form is accessible through GO! Grants Online beginning in December for the January deadline and in July for the August deadline. View Workshops & Deadlines for specific dates. It is no longer required that an applicant have a conversation with Foundation staff in advance of submitting an application. Instead, organizations are asked to review the Foundation’s mission and values and grantmaking focus to determine whether their LOI is aligned with the Foundation’s grantmaking interests.
Only those LOI that best fit the IWCF’s grantmaking interests and are strongly competitive will be forwarded to the full proposal stage. The applicants that move to this phase of the proposal process will be notified of the full-application deadline via email. Decisions for grant awards are announced by the end of June and November.
The Columbus Foundation is making changes to PowerPhilanthropy in 2017. In anticipation of those changes, a PowerPhilanthropy portrait is no longer required for this grant application. Please contact a Foundation staff member with any questions.
For those unfamiliar with the Foundation’s application process, you are encouraged to attend one of the Grants Information Sessions that are held throughout the year. These workshops offer an overview of the grant application processes for all Supporting Foundations and The Columbus Foundation. View Workshops & Deadlines for specific dates.
Examples of Grants
All grantees must complete a Final Report. Final reports are generally due 30 days following the project grant period. Please refer to your grant agreement for the exact deadline date. Please note that if a grantee applies for a new grant from the Ingram-White Castle Foundation before an existing grant’s final report deadline, staff will contact the grantee regarding submission of a progress report or early submission of their final report.
Publicity for Approved Grants
IWCF asks all nonprofit organizations receiving funding to help promote the vital role philanthropy plays in strengthening our community, and the importance of charitable giving to your organization’s effort to carry out its mission. The IWCF logo is available in the Toolkit.
If you have questions about how your organization’s program might fit with the grantmaking interests of the Ingram-White Castle Foundation, contact Michael Wilkos. Be sure to include a brief summary of the program.
For technical problems, contact a Supporting Foundations team member.