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Programmatic Grant

Grants to Indiana and Michigan Nonprofits and Agencies in
Eligible Communities for Projects Benefiting Local Residents

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The Pokagon Fund

Deadline Date:

10/15/21

Description:

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Grants of up to $3,000 and grants of up to $10,000 to Indiana and Michigan nonprofit organizations and government agencies in eligible communities for programs that benefit local residents. Requests of more than $3,000 require submission of a Letter of Inquiry. Funding is intended to support projects in the areas of poverty reduction, education, and community vitality. Funded projects must serve the communities of South Bend, Indiana, and New Buffalo, New Buffalo Township, Three Oaks, Three Oaks Township, Chikaming Township, Hartford, and Dowagiac in Michigan.

The Programmatic Grant offers two opportunities:

  • Up to $10,000: These grants provide program/project support for 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. Special consideration will be given to those requests that are trying to make a positive difference in the lives of those most at-risk in our community including the elderly, at-risk youth, single heads of households, those living in or below the poverty threshold. 
  • Up to $3,000: These grants provide program/project support for 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. 

Basic Guidelines to Municipalities with Allocated Funding: 

Innovative Projects: All grants to the nine municipalities should be used on projects that are innovative and contribute to enhancing the lives of the residents of the municipality in a way that is unique and distinguishable from those projects that constitute the basic and standard services that residents expect municipalities to provide in exchange for taxes. It is recognized that the determination by the Board of Directors as to whether a proposed municipal project constitutes “innovative” as compared with a “basic and standard service” is subjective. To see the values and criteria used to guide the Board of Directors in its decision-making, see the Guidelines listed in Supporting Documents below. 

Preference will be given to those grants leveraged by outside grants including federal, state, private and the grantee’s own municipal funds.  

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.

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 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:

Grant Application Deadline Date: January 15, 2021 / For Board Review On: February 17, 2021
Grant Application Deadline Date: April 15, 2021 / For Board Review On: May 19, 2021
Grant Application Deadline Date: July 15, 2021 / For Board Review On: August 18, 2021
Grant Application Deadline Date: October 15, 2021 / For Board Review On: November 17, 2021

Prior to submitting a grant application for a request that is over $3,000, a municipality will submit for review by the Board of Directors of The Pokagon Fund, a short one-page Letter of Inquiry Form that includes brief narratives describing the project for which funding is sought and how the project would meet these guidelines.

This Letter of Inquiry is being submitted pursuant to the Basic Guidelines for Grants to the Nine Municipalities with Allocated Funding.

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

Contact Information:

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

Apply online for requests over $3,000: https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_2373/?SA=SNA&FID=35012

Apply online for requested under $3,000: https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_2373?SA=SNA&FID=35023

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

grants@pokagonfund.org

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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

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