Fall Grant Round Will Support Innovative Programs
The Marshall County Community Foundation (MCCF) is now accepting applications for the Fall 2019 Community Funds grant rounds. Applications for the grant round are due on Thursday, August 1, and the application may be found on the MCCF website.
“It’s always exciting to see a new crop of grant proposals to come in,” said Linda Yoder, Executive Director of the Marshall County Community Foundation. “Foundation grants are an opportunity to expand the impact that the MCCF has on Marshall County and the quality of life in our communities.”
Grant proposals that represent pressing, emergent needs and/or innovative programs in Marshall County may be funded during the Fall 2019 grant round. These grants often 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 carefully evaluate grant proposals and conduct site visits during a competitive application process.
Grant applications for the Community Funds are due by 4:30 pm, Thursday, August 1, 2019. Please be sure (if you are handing in the applications in person) to come to the new Marshall County Philanthropy Center, which houses the Marshall County Community Foundation offices, located at 2680 Miller Drive, Suite 120, in Plymouth, to drop off your grant application.
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
The Community Funds at the MCCF are some of the most flexible and responsive of the Foundation’s funds. Earnings from the Community Funds make the biannual grant cycle to Marshall County nonprofits possible. Donations to Community Funds at MCCF from individuals and corporations provide a way to make a permanent investment in the community for ever-changing and immediate needs.
“The Lilly Endowment is offering a 2:1 match – called GIFT VII -- to gifts donated to the Community Fund. We have the opportunity now to add an additional $500,000 to the Community Fund!” said Yoder. “The larger we can grow the Community Fund, the more money we will have to grant to exciting new projects in our communities.”
Yoder continued, “You can learn more about the 2:1 match and how you can contribute at www.marshallcountygives.org/GIFTVII or please, contact our offices with any questions you may have. A 2:1 match like this does not come often. This is an incredible opportunity to help Marshall County take flight!”
In addition to the MCCF Community Fund, several unrestricted funds also support emerging needs in Marshall County. 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.
The first grants from unrestricted funds at MCCF were awarded in 1995; since then MCCF has awarded over $3.9 million in total grants to the community from these funds alone. The growth of unrestricted funds now enables MCCF to award more than $223,000 annually in unrestricted fund grants to Marshall County nonprofits on an annual basis.
The MCCF grant application is available online at marshallcountycf.org.