- What kind of organization can request grant funds?
Generally, only charitable organizations with a verifiable 501(c)(3) IRS status or equivalent operating or offering programs in Marshall County, Indiana, will be considered. In the case of start-up or ad hoc organizations, the tax-exempt status may not be available. For such situations, it is required that you find an organization to “host” the project or program and have them request funds with you.
- When can we request grant funds?
Grant requests may be submitted at any time, however, the board of directors has set February 1st and August 1st as the deadlines by which applications must be in the office for grant cycles. Your organization may be contacted for additional information.
- Can individuals request grant funds?
Generally, no grants are made to individuals.
- What if we’re not sure our idea fits?
If you are not sure if your project or program is eligible for funding from the Foundation, you may make an informal inquiry to the executive director to determine if your project has merit.
- How can we apply?
Complete a grant application. These are also available at the Marshall County Community Foundation office.
- Who decides which grants are given?
All requests are reviewed by the Marshall County Community Foundation’s professional staff and it’s Grants Committee. Reviews and recommendations are presented to the Board of Directors at its regularly scheduled meeting, where final decisions are made. The Board of Directors reserves the right to decline any request that may jeopardize the Foundation or its IRS 501(c)(3) status.
- How will we know if we’ve been chosen?
All grant requests will be answered in writing. As a general rule, grant decisions will be made within 90 days from the grant deadline, not from the submission date.Do we need anything after the grant is made?
Each project will be somewhat different. Your organization will most likely receive written details about the specifics of grant payments, follow-up reporting, and evaluation. The Foundation will periodically review grant awards to evaluate results and continually seek ways to improve our grantmaking.
- Will the grant awards be publicized?
The Foundation will publish general information about its grants in local media, its own printed materials, and annual reports. Publicity about your grant can be done by your organization or in concert with the Foundation. The Foundation may occasionally wish to highlight specific grants and work closely with you organization to determine the best strategy.
- How will the foundation evaluate our request?
It is the general policy of the Foundation to operate without discrimination as to age, race, religion, gender, or national origin in its overall administration and grantmaking. Diversity, creative community development, and problem solving are greatly encouraged.
In reviewing grant proposals, the Marshall County Community Foundation generally utilizes the following evaluation criteria:
- Is there an established need?
- Will the project/program achieve the desired result?
- Is it appropriate for the Marshall County Community Foundation to make this grant or are there more compatible funding sources?
- Does the MCCF have adequate resources or is the project/program too big?
- Does it fit with the Foundation’s areas of interest and geography?
- Does it foster collaboration?
- Does it have multiple impacts?
- Is it new or innovative?