Passionate about helping youth and families thrive

Working with our grantee partners, we are giving today’s youth access to opportunities, and experiences that will allow them to discover who they are, develop the abilities needed to shape their own lives, and learn how to engage with and contribute to the world around them. 

We accomplish this by awarding grants (in three investment areas) Our grantee partners are located in Marion, Hamilton and Whitley Counties in Indiana.

Investment Areas


Frequently Asked Questions

The Arthur Dean Family Foundation solicits grant applications on an invitation-only basis throughout the year. You can learn more about our application process here.

While we are an invitation only foundation, if you think your organization is a good fit with our priorities, please reach out to Drew Black at to schedule a conversation to discuss.

The Foundation maintains an exclusive geographic focus on Hamilton, Marion, and Whitley Counties in Indiana.

The Foundation holds two main grant rounds a year, a Spring Grant Round (April application, June Board review) and a Fall Grant Round (August application, October Board review). You can learn more about our application process here.

Historically, the Spring Grant Round focused on the priority area of Education and the Fall Grant Round focused on the priority areas of Youth Development & Youth Employment and Career Exploration. However, beginning in 2022, the Foundation will not differentiate between grant rounds, and both rounds will consider proposals aligned with all three of the Foundation’s priority areas.

While the Foundation made emergency COVID-related grants in 2020, it is no longer actively considering requests of this nature.