The Christel DeHaan Family Foundation (CDFF) issues grants to entities that offer valuable contributions to the development and enhancement of the arts in central Indiana, with a specific focus on the Indianapolis community.

CDFF supports organizations that are classified as tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and as public charities under section 509(a)(1), (2) or (3) of the Code.   

We do not support: 
  • individuals 
  • other private foundations
  • political candidates, parties, or lobbyists 
  • Type III 509(a)(3) Supporting Organizations

We do not accept unsolicited proposals. If, after reviewing our criteria, you believe your organization is aligned with our giving, please utilize the contact information page to make your inquiry.


Funding Criteria

We are proud to be a member of the Indianapolis philanthropic community. We primarily provide support to performing and supporting arts organizations that enrich the cultural fabric of the Indianapolis community through their diverse artistic contributions and organizational excellence.  We also support a select number of organizations that provide high-quality arts education to at-risk youth in Marion County.

Additional grants are provided through the following initiatives:

  • Summer Youth Program Fund: CDFF is a partner in the Summer Youth Program Fund (SYPF). The SYPF is a collaborative grantmaking effort among local organizations who support agencies that provide summer programming for youth in Marion County, Indiana. To learn more about the SYPF and application process for this Fund, please visit
  • Board Discretionary Grants: As a Family Foundation, we recognize the importance of allowing each board member to pursue personal philanthropic interests through discretionary grant recommendations which may be outside our focus area.  
  • Special Project Grants: Some non-arts organizations may receive limited financial support based on past support provided by the Foundation and the organization's mission and standing in the community.

All potential applicants must discuss their proposals with Foundation staff before preparing an application. We do not accept unsolicited proposals.

Indiana Repertory Theatre's The 39 Steps

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre