Grants & Partnerships

 McCormick's Creek

Funding Guidelines

The McKinney Family Foundation (MFF) operates within the model of trust-based philanthropy, which includes the practice of granting unrestricted funds that may be used for operating support, salaries, or overhead. MFF trusts our grantees to ensure the funds are used where they are most needed, have the greatest impact, and allow for new or urgent action.

MFF is committed to building an environmentally sustainable future for every Hoosier, therefore our grantmaking is focused within the state of Indiana. Our primary areas of focus are:

  1. Expanding a sustainable clean energy economy through renewable energy jobs creation and meaningful policy change.
  2. Ensuring the long-term viability of the nonprofit environmental sector through capacity building and leadership development.

Funding Restrictions

  • Grants will be awarded only to 501(c)3 public charities and schools located in Indiana.
  • MFF does not accept unsolicited proposals. The Foundation may not respond to materials sent without an explicit request.
  • MFF does not fund the following:
    • beautification programming. (e.g., creating green spaces, planting trees or gardens, sponsoring volunteer clean-up days, etc.);
    • capital campaigns;
    • organizations outside of Indiana;
    • organizations that are not a 501(c)3 public charity or school.


  • Before contacting MFF to inquire if your organization may be a fit, please review the list of current grantees and the work they do.
  • Please do not send Letters of Inquiry, funding requests, or materials without an invitation to do so from MFF.

Note: While MFF currently supports other environmental causes, we have transitioned our focus primarily to the areas listed above. MFF has existing and continuing obligations to higher education and art education. There are no plans to expand these. All funding is solely at the discretion of the McKinney Family Foundation Board of Directors.

Current Grantees

Active Partnerships