Guidelines / Application

How to Apply: Guidelines/Application

The Judd Leighton Foundation, Inc. is primarily dedicated to improving the quality of life in St. Joseph County, IN, through intelligent capital investment in the areas of healthcare, education, and economic development.  Organizations seeking funding should carefully review the following guidelines to determine if their project conforms to the Foundation’s vision before submitting an application.



We focus on funding the capital needs of community organizations for projects/programs designed to address a community problem or need.



Organizations must operate under a 501 (c) (3) designation.


Grants to religious organizations will be made only for non-sectarian purposes.


Individuals are not eligible for grant support.

Evaluation Criteria

Each grant application will be evaluated by the foundation board on the basis of three primary criteria:

  1. The relevance of the proposal to one or more of the three primary areas of Foundation interest- health, education, and/or economic development.
  2. The overall impact on the community at large.
  3. The demonstrated sustainability of the project over the long term.


The Foundation’s board of trustees meet quarterly, typically in March, June, September and December.  Grant proposals are reviewed by the board at our June and December meetings, and must be received by the middle of the preceding month to be considered at that meeting.  Please contact the foundation office for specific review dates.

To Submit a Grant Application

If your organization meets the foundation’s guidelines and you would like to submit a grant application, you may create a new account by clicking on the “Apply Online” button below. 

We recommend contacting Katherine M. Mullins, our executive director, at the beginning of the process for guidance in preparing your application and to answer any questions you might have. Contact information can be found below.

Please direct inquiries to:
Katherine M. Mullins
Executive Director
Contact Us

202 South Michigan Street, Suite 910
South Bend, Indiana 46601

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