Charles W. Kuhne Foundation

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To support public, educational, charitable and benevolent uses and purposes that assist, encourage and promote the well-being of mankind and primarily the inhabitants of the City of Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana.

Annual application deadlines

May 1

Program areas

Environment, animals
Human services
Public/society benefit

States served


Geographic limitations

Indiana, primarily the City of Fort Wayne and Allen County.


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  • To be eligible, organizations must qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Applications must be submitted through the online grant application form or alternative accessible application designed for assistive technology users.

Grantmaking priorities

Preference may be given to requests for the following:

  • For assisting public, educational, charitable or benevolent institutions, whether supported wholly or in part by private donations or by public taxation and investigating the conduct, scope, and operation of the same;
  • For promoting scientific research for the advancement of human knowledge and the alleviation of human suffering or the suffering of animals;
  • For the care of the sick, aged and helpless;
  • For aiding in the reformation of (1) victims of narcotics, drugs and intoxicating liquors, (2) released inmates of penal and reformatory institutions, and (3) wayward or delinquent persons;
  • For the improvement of living and working conditions;
  • For providing facilities for public recreation;
  • For the encouragement of social and domestic hygiene;
  • For the encouragement of sanitation and measures for prevention of diseases;
  • For investigating or promoting the investigation of or research into the causes of ignorance, poverty and vice, preventing the operation of such causes and remedying or ameliorating the conditions resulting therefrom.

Average giving

Average grant size: $5,000 to $25,000
Average number of grants per year: 30
Average total giving per year: $300,000

Annual application period and deadlines

Applications are accepted year-round. Applications must be submitted by May 1 to be reviewed at the annual grant meeting that occurs in June.


Applicants will receive an automated email confirming their submission.

Required agreements and reports

Periodic progress reports and final reports may be required for funded projects.

About the Foundation

Charles W. Kuhne born in 1864 in Iowa City, Iowa and was educated in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1887. He practiced law in Allen County, Indiana with a specialty in real estate and probate matters. Mr. Kuhne died in 1942.