The Marshall County Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2016 Community Fund fall grant round. The Community Fund and unrestricted endowment funds at the Marshall County Community Foundation (MCCF) are some of the most flexible and responsive of the Foundation’s 361 funds in addressing new and emerging community needs. Applications for the Community Fund grants are due by 4:30 pm, Monday, August 1, 2016.
Twice each year grants are awarded from the Community Fund and unrestricted endowment funds’ earnings to nonprofit organizations. MCCF grants support specific projects or programs throughout Marshall County typically focusing on the arts, education, health and human services, recreation and the environment. Community members who serve on MCCF’s Grants Committee evaluate proposals and conduct site visits during a competitive application process. Final decisions will be determined by the Board of Directors during their September meeting.
The first grants from unrestricted funds at MCCF were awarded in 1995; since then MCCF has awarded over $3.3 million in total grants to the community from these funds alone. The growth of unrestricted funds now enables MCCF to award more than $180,000 in unrestricted fund grants on an annual basis.
During a recent fundraising initiative, a 1:1 match from Lilly Endowment helped raise up to $250,000 in new endowment dollars to support competitive grant rounds. In addition to the MCCF Community Fund, several new unrestricted funds will also support new and emerging needs. These funds include the Barbara and Ralph Winters Community Fund, the Brian and Patricia Kitch Family Community Fund, the C & M Overmyer Unrestricted Endowment Fund, the iAB Financial Bank Community Fund, the John and Kay Finlay Community Fund, the Philip and Sylvia Bieghler Community Fund, and the Paul and Carol Nye Community Fund.
Applicants must be organizations with 501(c)(3) IRS status or organizations with 501(c) IRS status whose request is charitable in nature for the following:
- Start-up costs for new programs or the expansion of needed programs.
- One-time projects or needs