NCMCF Community Impact Grants
Community Impact Grant Application
North Central Michigan Community Foundation (NCMCF) welcomes your grant application. Look over the information in the Application Guidelines below to find answers to questions about eligibility, deadlines, amounts available, and other frequently asked questions about available funds.
- Complete the Pre-Application Questionnaire.
- Complete the Community Impact Grant Application. If you reproduce this form on your computer, be sure not to exceed six (6) numbered pages.
- Do not include additional materials unless specifically requested in the attachments. Report covers, folders, binders, and excess information are unnecessary and are removed before applications are sent to the Screening Committee.
- Be sure to secure the appropriate signatures from your organization (i.e., executive director or person in charge of the organization) before your proposal is submitted.
- If you will not be using a computer or typewriter, please be sure your grant application is legible and written in ink.
If you have questions about the grant application process, please feel free to contact a Foundation program staff member at 877-354-6881. We would be happy to help you!
The NCMCF Community Impact Grant deadline is June 30. Applications must be sent to P.O. Box 495, Alpena, MI 49707, and be postmarked by June 30.
About your organization
- Your organization must provide benefits to those within the geographic area of Crawford, Ogemaw, or Oscoda County.
- Your organization must be recognized as a non-profit charitable organization under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code. (Schools and government agencies are also eligible. Grants to religious organizations will be considered only if they serve the general public and do not have religious overtones of a sectarian nature.) Proof of non-profit status is required for auditing purposes.
- No grants are made to individuals.
About your project
- Grants are made for future projects only. No funding will be given for projects completed before final board approval. Board approval is usually within six (6) weeks of the grant deadline. Grants are not made for routine operating needs or budget deficits.
- Proposals seeking "seed money" for projects that are new, dynamic, and that show funding support from additional organizations are given stronger consideration.
- If your program has been funded either two consecutive years or two consecutive grant cycles, you are not eligible to applyfor this program.
About funds available
- Applicants may submit requests up to a maximum of $2,500 per application cycle unless otherwise indicated.
- For accounting purposes, all allocated funds are disbursed upon receipt of documentation of the expenditures.
- A portion of funds awarded during the Community Impact grant cycle is set aside specifically for programs addressing health for youth under the age of 18 and senior citizens, as well as broad reaching, community wide health-related programming.
- Community Impact Grant applications are reviewed once a year.
- Applications must be completed and submitted (or postmarked) by June 30.
- Grants are normally paid within one year of approval. If necessary, a written request may be submitted for a six (6) month extension.
About allocation decisions
- A Grant Screening Committee comprised of NCMCF board members makes all allocation recommendations. No staff member votes on decisions regarding fund allocations.
- All recommendations for allocations must be approved by vote of the Board of Trustees at their quarterly meeting following the application deadline.
- All charitable projects are eligible for funding, and nonprofits are encouraged to apply for funding. In 2019, the NCMCF Board of Directors identified several grantmaking priorities. Preference may be given to projects aligning with these priorities: Health/Human Services (health/wellness, human trafficking prevention, mental health care, senior programs, substance abuse help, and suicide awareness); Education (workforce development, skilled trades, financial education, early literacy); Community Improvement (trails and bike paths, community spaces, and quality child care); Environment (clean drinking water, invasive species control, and recyling initiatives); and youth arts programming and education.
- You may use our budget sample to assist you in completing the budget section of your application. (Budget Sample PDF)
- If you are unable to access pdf files, you may contact our office and we will send you a complete application packet.