Indiana, Tennessee, and New Orleans metropolitan areas
Deadline Feb 1, 2010
RFP is attached


Thank you for your inquiry regarding the PeyBack Foundation grant program. Below you will find the necessary information and materials for a grant proposal.

Please read all information carefully for this has been updated for 2010. Application is different than in years past.

Please read the PeyBack Foundation’s objectives below before completing the application. Requests for PeyBack Foundation grants utilizing the Foundation’s grant application must be postmarked by February 1, 2010. Applications postmarked after February 1, will not be accepted. Please mail one original copy of the grant to:

PeyBack Foundation Grants
6325 N. Guilford, Suite 201
Indianapolis, IN 46220


The PeyBack Foundation, a public non-profit corporation, was established in 1999 by Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning to promote the future success of disadvantaged youth by assisting programs that provide leadership and growth opportunities for children at risk.

Policies and programs are directed by its Resource Council who have discretionary powers and are dedicated to discharging their responsibility in a manner that will result in maximum beneficial use of resources of the Foundation to promote the future success of disadvantaged youth. The nature of the programs and their long-term benefit shall be guiding considerations in funding grants.

Due to the close association of Peyton Manning with the Indiana, Tennessee and the New Orleans Metropolitan area, programs and projects related to the youth in these areas are of primary concern to the Foundation.


In general, the following are not areas that the PeyBack Foundation supports:

  • Organizations without 501 © (3) tax-exempt status – will immediately be eliminated
  • Fundraising and sponsorship events (e.g., golf tournaments, telethons, banquets)
  • Groups outside of Indiana, Tennessee and New Orleans, LA
  • Projects/groups benefiting an individual or just a few persons
  • Building/renovating expenses of any kind
  • To defray meeting, conferences, workshops or seminars expenses
  • Payment of travel of individuals or groups
  • Re-granting organizations
  • Post-event fundraising
  • Multi-year gifts


NEW POLICIES for 2010 in bold

  • Starting with the 2011 grant cycle (grant application due February 2011) – if an organization has been funded three years in a row, (2008, 2009, 2010) we ask that you wait until February 2012 to apply again. After funding a program for three years in a row, we would like to see some sustainability for one year without us.
  • Requests for funding are limited to one request per organization
  • Other than the grant application and information requested on the applications, no additional materials are to be submitted
  • Significant majority of children being served are economically disadvantaged
  • Will only grant funds to organizations that have tax-exempt status under Section 501© (3) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Contribution dollars are limited to Indiana, Tennessee and New Orleans, Louisiana areas
  • Supports programs for at risk youth ages 6-18
  • A proposal asking to consider providing a portion of the support for a project will generally receive greater preference than one seeking exclusive funding
  • Offer choices of funding at three donation levels.
  • The PeyBack Foundation grant limit is $15,000, although most grant amounts range between $1,500 and $10,000. For organizations and projects new to us, we prefer to start at a more modest level and work toward building a long term relationship
  • Grant making policy places more emphasis on specific project proposals than on general operating fund or capital campaign projects
  • Organizations that receive a grant will be required to complete a post grant evaluation (that will be given to you once awarded the grant) by January 15, 2011. Not completing the form, will eliminate future funding.
  • Incomplete grant applications will not be considered for funding
  • Only 2010 grant application will be accepted. The application has been updated and we need all of the information on this application, so applications from previous years will not be reviewed.

Programs that address the following are those the Foundation would be more likely to fund programs:

  • Have a direct benefit to children through relationships and activities
  • Promote positive interaction with peers and adults
  • provide opportunities for children to be creative
  • Promote youth and life skills development
  • Develop social skills
  • Provide physical activity
  • Offer meaningful community involvement