Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc. :: Indianapolis, Indiana
Forms and Information Section

Document Section

Please review the documents below and submit all documents (in duplicate) to our office via US Mail or by personal delivery.

1) Grant Guidelines (PDF format)

2) Operations Grant Application (Word format)

3) Capital / Project Grant Application (Word format)

4) Grant Report Form (Word format)

5) Frequently Asked Questions (PDF format)

Please Note: the Foundation's Mission Statement and Capital / Project Grant Application have both recently been revised.

Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc., a private foundation, was established by Allen W. Clowes, a leading philanthropist in Indianapolis, Indiana, who during his life made major contributions to various charitable organizations that promoted or preserved the fine arts, music, literature, education, science and history. Most of these organizations are located in Central Indiana.

The primary mission of the foundation is to support charitable organizations that promote or preserve the Arts and Humanities and to support charitable organizations that were supported by Mr. Clowes during his life or are similar to those supported by Mr. Clowes.

Grant Guidelines
The Foundation will support charitable organizations that promote or preserve the Arts and Humanities. Priority will be given primarily to those organizations located in Central Indiana. The Board has discretion to make decisions regarding any proposal on a case by case basis.

The Foundation will make grants only to those organizations that are described in IRC Section 501(c)(3) and are public charities defined in IRC Sec. 509(a)(1), 509(a)(2) or 509(a)(3). In rare cases the Foundation will make grants to private operating foundations as defined in IRC Sec. 4942 (j) (3). The Foundation will not make grants to individuals or for endowments.

The Foundation invites organizations that meet the above guidelines to submit a Preliminary Proposal letter, not to exceed three type written pages. All new applicants are required to submit the Preliminary Proposal letter. This letter should be mailed by US Postal or hand delivered and be in our office by November 30. Previous applicants may submit the letter but are not required to do so. This letter should be submitted on the organization's letterhead and should be signed by the chief executive officer of the organization.

Office Location

Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc.
The Chamber of Commerce Building
320 N. Meridian Street, Suite 811
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-1722
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(317) 955-0138 Office
(317) 955-0142 Fax
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