Foundation / Corporation
Community Foundation for Mason County (CFMC)
Grants to Mason County, Michigan nonprofit organizations, governments, schools, and churches to enhance quality of life for local residents. LOIs are due March 15. Program areas include arts, education, community development, urban revitalization, environment, health, human services, children, and other community needs.
The Community Foundation for Mason County (CFMC) is dedicated to giving voice and resources to programs with the potential to create lasting, positive change for the local community. Through grantmaking, the Foundation partners with area organizations, supporting projects that reflect the needs and diversity of the region, and serve the donors’ shared desire to enhance the quality of life for people in Mason County, now and far into the future.
Areas of Focus:
-Encourage quality arts programming benefiting a diverse audience.
-Support arts education and programs for youth.
-Improve access to cultural programs, especially for children and youth.
-Promote financial stability and organizational development for arts organizations.
Community Development / Urban Revitalization
-Support community development projects which enhance the downtown and lakeshore areas.
-Support capital projects if they have county-wide impact and benefit.
-Support capital renovation projects only if they provide new and expanded programming.
-Support civic improvement and economic development efforts.
-Support programs that will enhance the perception and image of the community.
-Promote educational opportunities through post-secondary scholarships.
-Environmental education for all age levels.
-Promotion of comprehensive community planning, priorities and strategies.
-Support for balanced and innovating land use planning.
-Support for projects to protect and restore green spaces, shorelines, dune areas and wildlife habitat, water quality and air quality.
Health and Human Services
-Promote healthy lifestyles through education and prevention programming.
-Improve access to quality health care for all residents.
-Promote health programs and projects that increase the quality of health care available in Mason County.
-Support programs that encourage families to become self-sufficient.
Meeting the Needs of Children Ages 0 – 5:
-Promote responsible parenting through outreach services and education programs, including the special needs of at-risk parents and teen pregnancy prevention programming.
-Promote good health and protection for infants and toddlers.
-Promote quality child care choices for young children.
Emerging Community Needs:
The Foundation recognizes that standard grant making categories do not always encompass all community needs. The Distribution Committee and focused grant committees will, to the extent appropriate and possible, accommodate other requests that address important or emerging community issues.
Qualities of the best grant proposals:
-Collaborative, comprehensive, and sustainable
-Designed to prevent problems, rather than simply addressing the effects of problems
-Provide start-up or seed funding for innovative projects
-Leverage grant dollars to bring in additional funds; have multiple sources of funding
GrantWatch ID#: 157363
Because of limited financial resources at this time, the Foundation generally makes only one-time grant commitments. Longer term commitments may be considered for initiatives that show exceptional promise for community impact.
The Foundation gives grants to 501(c)(3) organizations, churches, schools, and government agencies serving Mason County.
The strongest proposals are submitted by organizations who have:
-Adequate staff/organizational capacity to achieve the proposal goal
-Sound fiscal policy and responsible financial management
-Staff and board of directors reflective of the organization’s audience
-Ability to measure the impact of grant money and report the results
-Proven record of cooperating with other organizations
-Capacity to understand and explain how the project will relate to other area services/organizations
-Broad base of community support
The Foundation does not usually award grants for:
-Regular operating expenses
-Conferences, camps or media
-Special events and endowment campaigns
-Religious programs that serve, or appear to serve, specific religious believers or require participants to practice or adhere to specific religious beliefs
The first step in the application process is to submit a letter of intent. This provides staff with an overview of your program that allows them to determine if your project fits the grant priorities, timeline and budget. It must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the posted grant deadline.
All organizations submitting an application of intent will be contacted within three business days. Following staff approval of the application of intent, you may submit your full application.
The last step of the process is submission of your detailed proposal, or grant application, for review by the volunteer Grant Review Committee and staff members. All final decisions are made by Board of Trustees.
Spring Grant Round:
-Application of intent due March 15
-Full application due March 30
Fall Grant Round:
-Applications of intent due September 15
-Full application due September 30
Applying for a Grant:
USA: Michigan: Mason County