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The Edward D. and Ione Auer Foundation is a private charitable foundation that awards grants exclusively for charitable purposes. Ione Breeden Auer created the Foundation in 1984. Funding for the foundation comes from lifetime gifts from Edward D. and Ione Auer, as well as the proceeds of their estates. The Foundation shall continue until January 7, 2022, but may be terminated early in the event that the Foundation is fully distributed prior to that time. For more information, click on the Legacy and Purpose tab.

How to apply for a grant

  1. Determine whether your organization is eligible for an Auer Foundation grant
  2. Evaluate how well your proposed grant matches up with the Foundation’s priorities
  3. Submit (via e-mail) a one-page Concept Letter to the Foundation
  4. If the response is favorable you will be invited to submit a full proposal (two quarter process)
  5. Complete and submit a full proposal (via e-mail) with all required attachments

The applicant organization must:

  • Be a 501(c)(3)
  • Not be a private foundation
  • Serve the Fort Wayne metropolitan area

The Foundation will consider four types of grants:

  1. Project support for one-time activities
  2. Program or operating support for ongoing activities
  3. Endowment support
  4. Capital support for land, buildings or equipment

The Foundation generally does not award grants:

  1. To individuals, including scholarships, travel assistance, or conference fees
  2. To fund project, program, operating, or capital campaign deficits
  3. For programs or projects that taxpayers normally support, including the general operations of individual public schools or school districts
  4. For sponsorships, special events, advertising, or group trips
  5. For annual campaigns or appeals
  6. To organizations outside the Allen County, Indiana area
    NOTE: Occasionally, the Foundation awards grants to entities largely funded by taxes if the projects proposed would occur only with private contributions.

Submission Deadlines

Concept letters are reviewed during the Foundation quarterly meetings. Organizations may apply for grants one time per year. Concept letter deadlines are as follows:

  • January 15
  • April 15
  • July 15
  • October 15

Following the quarterly meetings, which are in February/March, May, August, and November, the Foundation will report back to the organizations regarding approval of the concept letters. If approved, the organization will be invited to submit a full proposal. For more information on submitting a concept letter, click on the Step 1 – Concept Letter tab.