Community Impact Guidelines
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NCMCF Community Impact Grant Application Guidelines
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.) You will be asked for your organization's EIN.
- 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 the third Tuesday of August.
- 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 apply for this program, though you may apply for other programs/projects within your organization.
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 submitted by June 30.
- Grants are normally paid within one year of approval. If necessary, a written/emailed 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 NCMCF Board of Directors at their quarterly meeting in August.
- 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.
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