Two grant cycles are open at this time – one for the Paoli community, and one for the Orleans community.


Sol Strauss

Mr. Sol Strauss, a Paoli businessman, left behind a legacy to honor the community he adopted as his home. His will created a trust fund for non-profit organizations in Paoli, as well as provided for what is now IU Health Paoli Hospital and Jewish Hospital of Louisville.

In 2006, Mr. Strauss’ fund returned to Orange County from its migration from one bank to another, and continues to provide annual funding for a variety of organizations and school needs, as well as to the hospital here. Grants from the Strauss Fund are made only within Paoli, and a letter of request is necessary in order to be considered. .

To apply, letters of request must be submitted to the offices of the Orange County Community Foundation, Inc. by 4 p.m. on Friday, June 15, 2018. Letters may be mailed the Foundation at 1075 N Sandy Hook Rd, Suite #2, Paoli, IN 47454. Letters may also be hand-delivered to the same address.


Established through the generosity of Don Simmons and Bill Tegarden to benefit charitable purposes in the Orleans Community, the Simmons Unrestricted and Tegarden Unrestricted Funds pay out annually and are also subject to an application process. Announcement is made in the Progress Examiner and on this website after May 1 each year, and selections are made by an appointed committee and subject to final approval by the Foundation Board of Directors.

You can apply here: here