Foundation / Corporation
Community Foundation for Mason County (CFMC)
Grants to Mason County, Michigan nonprofit organizations, governments, schools, and churches to enhance the quality of life for local residents. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Program areas include arts, education, community development, urban revitalization, environment, health, human services, children, and other community needs.
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.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
The Community Foundation for Mason County
P.O. Box 10
Ludington MI 49431
USA: Michigan: Mason County