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Grants to Indiana and Michigan Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible
Areas for Community Services, Education, and Poverty Reduction

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The Pokagon Fund

Deadline Date:

10/15/18

Description:

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Grants of up to $3,000 and grants of up to $10,000 to Michigan and Indiana nonprofits and agencies in eligible areas for programs that focus on poverty reduction, education, and community vitality. Priority is given to programs that support the most at-risk populations, including single heads of households, the elderly, at-risk youth, and those living in or below the poverty threshold.

The Fund supports projects executed by municipalities and charitable institutions that benefit the communities surrounding The Pokagon Band trust land consolidation sites in Michigan and Indiana including: New Buffalo, New Buffalo Township, Three Oaks, Three Oaks Township, Chikaming Township, Hartford, Dowagiac and South Bend, IN.

The Foundation supports those projects which are closely aligned with the Foundation's impact criteria as outlined below:
- Serves individuals and families in need, especially those living at or below 200% of the current federal poverty guidelines
- Supports a long-term change
- Serves the broadest number of people
- Has potential to deeply impact participants
- Encourages collaboration with other organizations serving the same target audience

Focus Areas:
Education: Supporting student academic achievement
- Kindergarten readiness
- Third grade literacy
- School system reform initiatives
- Youth and adult scholarships
- New initiatives

Poverty Reduction: Supporting families living in poverty
- Food security
- Job training
- Employment opportunities support
- Research and referral services
- New initiatives

Community Vitality: Supporting the process of capacity-building
- Leadership training
- Harbor Country-based programs and projects
- Municipal projects
- New initiatives

Considerations for Grant Qualification:
- Organizations that provide opportunities for children, especially those who appear to be at-risk, to participate in educational activities that impact their student achievement.
- Organizations providing opportunities for children, especially those who appear to be at-risk, to be exposed to experiences they would not otherwise enjoy.
- Organizations whose activities provide direct services to individuals living in poverty that produce tangible, measurable outputs (numbers) as well as outcomes (effects) that can be described.
- The potential impact of the program or project on the greatest number of people, or, conversely the depth of the impact on a fewer number of people.
- The potential impact of the program that produces a life-changing experience, or has long-term benefits.
- The organization's fiscal responsibility and management qualifications as expressed in an ability to use The Pokagon Fund award to leverage additional funds from outside sources including board members, other donors, and governmental entities.
- The ability of an organization to obtain necessary additional funding to implement a program or project and to provide ongoing funding after the term of the grant is expired.
- Organizations that have demonstrated the ability to raise sufficient funds for a project before approaching The Pokagon Fund.

The Pokagon Fund will look favorably on those that collaborate with others to provide services to the same target audience.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179686

Estimated Size of Grant:

Programmatic Grants may be up to $10,000 or up to $3,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are available to nonprofit organizations that have public charity status from the IRS or for organizations and municipalities that offer charitable activities, and are working in the area of poverty reduction, education, or community vitality.

In general, the Fund does not make grants to individuals, nor does it support non-academic school programs, endowments, fundraising activities, existing deficits or reimbursements for past projects, sectarian activities of religious organizations, political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns, or organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, or religion.

Projects that do not provide direct benefits to individuals in these communities will not be considered.

Grantees may not use any grant funds to lobby or otherwise attempt to influence legislation, to influence the outcome of any public election, or to carry on any voter registration drive, legislation, or electioneering purposes.

The Foundation does not support:
- Organizations not currently exempt from federal taxation under the section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
- Parent-teacher organizations.
- Political campaigns, or attempts to influence public office.
- Organizations that unlawfully discriminate as to race, religion, income, gender, disability, or national origin.
- Organizations supporting terrorism.
- Projects or programs aimed at promoting the teachings of a particular church or religious denomination, or construction projects of churches or other religious institutions.
- Foundations affiliated with a for-profit entity.
- Endowments.
- Organizations for on-going operating support.
- Startup organizations or programs.
- The reduction of debt.
- Beauty or talent contests.
- Individuals.
- Sponsor teams, special events or fundraising activities.
- Medical, scientific or academic research.
- Pay for travel or trips.

Pre-Application Information:

he Pokagon Fund accepts grant submissions four times per year, on a quarterly basis.

Timeline:
- Grant Deadline Date: January 15, 2018
- For Review On: February 21, 2018
- Grants Awarded By: As soon as the grant agreement letter is signed by grantee and returned to The Pokagon Fund. The grantee has 45 days to perform this operation.

- Grant Deadline Date: April 15, 2018
- For Review On: May 16, 2018
- Grants Awarded By: As soon as the grant agreement letter is signed by grantee and returned to The Pokagon Fund. The grantee has 45 days to perform this operation.

- Grant Deadline Date: July 15, 2018
- For Review On: August 15, 2018
- Grants Awarded By: As soon as the grant agreement letter is signed by grantee and returned to The Pokagon Fund. The grantee has 45 days to perform this operation.

- Grant Deadline Date: October 15, 2018
- Grants Awarded By: November 21, 2018
- For Review On: As soon as the grant agreement letter is signed by grantee and returned to The Pokagon Fund. The grantee has 45 days to perform this operation.

Grants of up to $10,000: Due to the grant amount—a maximum of $10,000—the grant application and its accompanying final report is more rigorous.

Grants of up to $3,000: Due to the grant amount—a maximum of $3,000—this grant application and its accompanying report is simpler to complete.

At this time, however, The Pokagon Fund is no longer accepting unsolicited grant requests from South Bend. The Foundation will annually solicit grants from several organizations with whom the Foundation has successfully partnered in the past. If the applicant continues with the application process beyond this point, the online system will not allow the applicant to continue.

Application Process:
https://pokagonfund.org/what-we-fund/funding-focus/application-process

Application Information:
https://pokagonfund.org/what-we-fund/grants

Funding Focus:
https://www.pokagonfund.org/what-we-fund/funding-focus

FAQs:
https://www.pokagonfund.org/faqs

Contact Information:

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

Online application - For grant requests $3,000 or less:
https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_2373?SA=SNA&FID=35011

Online application - For grant requests over $3,000 and by nonprofit organizations providing services to the Townships of New Buffalo, Chikaming, and Three Oaks and the villages and cities therein:
https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_2373/?SA=SNA&FID=35008

Online application - For organizations providing services to Band Consolidation Sites (areas where the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians own land). Specifically, the communities of Dowagiac and Hartford, MI and South Bend, IN:
https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_2373?SA=SNA&FID=35020

Online application - For municipalities and local government agencies residing in and providing services to the Townships of New Buffalo, Chikaming, and Three Oaks and the villages and cities therein:
- For requests $3,000 or less: https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_2373?SA=SNA&FID=35023
- For requests over $3,000: https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_2373/?SA=SNA&FID=35012

Kaaren Cass, Grants/Finance Administrator
kcass@pokagonfund.org
(269) 469-9322

The Pokagon Fund
821 E. Buffalo Street
New Buffalo, MI 49117

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana: South Bend;   Michigan: New Buffalo, New Buffalo Township, Three Oaks, Three Oaks Township, Chikaming Township, Hartford, Dowagiac