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Grants to Midland County, Michigan Nonprofits and
Agencies for Arts, Education, Youth, Health, and Recreation

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Midland Area Community Foundation (MACF)

Deadline Date:

10/15/18 5:00 PM - For grants of up to $40,000; Grants from $50,000 to $100,000 accepted for Fourth quarter deadline only.


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Grants of up to $40,000 and grants starting at $50,000 to Midland County, Michigan nonprofit organizations, educational nonprofits, and government agencies for a broad range of activities that benefit the local community. Applicants are required to contact the program officer before submitting an application.

The Midland Area Community Foundation provides grants in four major areas of community improvement:

-Building Livelihood (Economic development, infrastructure:)
Midland County creates and sustains competitive advantages for existing and future businesses. The Foundation is well-connected and invests in Midland County's physical and technological infrastructure.

-Developing Local Talent (Talent, education, youth development, and engagement):
Midland County offers high quality education and learning opportunities throughout life. The Midland community nurtures a skilled workforce and places high value on post-secondary learning. It provides opportunities for children and youth to realize their hopes and dreams.

-Caring For Local People (Human services, social services, poverty, housing, mental and physical health, public safety):
The Midland community provides a coordinated and comprehensive system of supportive health and human services so that all may thrive. It encourages self-sufficiency and accepts its individual responsibility to collaborate to create the safest community in the country.

-Enriching the Community (Arts, culture, entertainment, recreation, diversity, community leadership, environment):
Midland County is a vibrant hub of arts, culture, entertainment, and recreational opportunities. The Midland community is committed to equality and inclusion, and it welcomes, embraces and accepts all people. It is a sustainable community that values and protects its natural resources.

Successful grant applications will be able to articulate which of these areas will be benefitted by receiving an MACF grant, and will also use various measures and indicators to illustrate that success. Specific program areas may include civic improvement, arts and culture, environment, education, youth, recreation, health, and human services.

In addition to funding the program or project itself, grant monies may also be used to pay for wages and administrative expenses relevant to the program or project.

Grant applications in the 4th grant cycle (October 15 deadline) will need to emphasize collaboration, may include capacity building, can be multi -year requests, and may also be used to scale up a program showing positive results.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179498

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant amount is $40,000 in the first three quarters. Fourth quarter grants now go from $50,000 to $100,000. Grant amounts of up to $10,000 will be made for investments in programs and projects from the Midland County Youth Action Council’s Youth Fund.

Term of Contract:

Grant applications in the 4th grant cycle can be multi-year requests.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation can only provide grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, educational nonprofits, and governmental units. The Midland Area Community Foundation serves Midland County, so only projects that have a direct relevance to the people of this geographic area may be considered through this competitive grant process.

Not Funded:
-Basic operating budgets
-Basic governmental services
-Basic educational functions
-Annual fundraising and events
-Normal office equipment
-Endowment campaigns
-Previously incurred debt or contracted commitments
-Sectarian religious programs (the exception is if the program or project is community based)
-Political or lobbying activities
-Previously denied MACF grant requests

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadlines are January 15, April 15, July 15, and October 15.

The application and all necessary attachments are due online by 5:00 PM of the deadline date. All applications will be reviewed within six weeks.

How to Submit a Grant Proposal:
1) Contact the staff. Every applicant is required to contact the program officer, Melissa Kesterson, before submitting an application. She will review your proposed program or project with you to make sure it is eligible for funding, will answer any questions you have and will provide the required access code you will need to complete the process.
2) Register or login to the eGrant System. Once logged in, you can edit, upload and save partial applications.
3) Organize necessary information.
4) When all required fields have been completed and attachments uploaded, submit the grant application through eGrant.

Preference will be given to programs that leverage matching funds.

Grant Focus Areas:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Melissa Kesterson, Program Officer

Apply Online through eGrant:
Midland County Youth Action Council Login:

76 Ashman Circle
Midland, MI 48640

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan: Midland County