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  • Writer's pictureLucy Dold

Leslie Grants: “Small but Mighty!”

Your Community Foundation of White County is thrilled to introduce the newest grant opportunity to strengthen and uplift White County: Leslie Grants: “Small but Mighty!”

Only recently retiring in 2022 after 18 years of leading the Foundation, Executive Director Emeritus Leslie Wineland Goss is the inspiration for these new grant cycles. To reflect Leslie’s petite but powerful nature, Leslie grants provide an opportunity for nonprofits to access smaller grant awards that still make a great impact in the community. These “small but mighty” grants will now be awarded in honor of Leslie and her commitment to strengthening and transforming White County.

Leslie Grants are available to nonprofit organizations seeking requests under $1,000 all year, any time, until the cycle closes on November 1st, or until the allocated funds are depleted. This grant cycle was introduced to accommodate smaller projects that may require funding outside of the timeline of other grant cycles.

Leslie Grants are made possible by unrestricted donations to the Foundation from everyday people who care about White County. Whether large or small, these “use where they will best serve” gifts allow the Foundation to offer grant opportunities to strengthen the social, cultural, educational, economic, and physical well-being of White County. Currently, unrestricted gifts have the potential to be matched 2:1 through Lilly Endowment Inc.’s GIFT VIII program, deepening the impact county-wide.

To share one of Leslie’s favorite quotes from cultural anthropologist, Maragret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world: indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Learn more about Leslie Grants and the other funding opportunities available through the Community Foundation by logging onto, or reach out to Director, Lucy Dold at (574) 583-6911.

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