Grant Guidelines

The Masonry's B.E.S.T community grant program is most interested in projects that focus on the need of our youth. In general, priority is given to those grant ideas that reflect one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Increase the capacity of the community to participate in identifying needs and developing and implementing solution
  • Demonstrates a clear and convincing need
  • Develops self-reliance
  • Targets gaps in services
  • Mirrors the diversity of our community
  • Programs that solve or address critical local needs. These can include
    • New programs
    • Expanding programs, or
    • Current program which are evidence based and achieving significant desired outcomes
  • Sustainable projects and programs which have proven plans for long term impact
  • Focus on prevention
  • Encourage collaboration and cooperation among charities
  • Unite and build our communities

Geographic area this grant will support:

  • Michigan statewide

WHAT DOES THE MMCF GRANT SUPPORT?

  • MMCF can only provide grants to nonprofit organizations.
  • Wages and other administrative expenses relevant to the program or project will be considered. 
  • Grand maximum award amount is $25,000.00

WHAT DOESN’T THE MMCF GRANT SUPPORT?

  • Basic operating budgets
  • Basic government services
  • Basic education functions (Things/Programs supported by state funding already)
  • 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
  • Efforts which will require a commitment for long term financial support
  • Bricks and Mortar
  • National or regional organizations unless their program addresses a specific local need.
  • Medical or research organizations

 

Application Deadlines and Allocation Dates:

We will award grants quarterly and will abide by the following application and allocation schedule. The completed FULL  application and all necessary documentation will be due by midnight on the deadline date. Late applications may be considered the following quarter.

  • March 15, 2019 with allocation around April 30, 2019
  • June 17, 2019 with allocation around July 30, 2019
  • September 16, 2019 with allocation around October 30, 2019
  • December 16, 2019 with allocation around January 30, 2020

 Please note: The application deadline refers to the FULL APPLICATION Stage.

Media:

All awardees will follow their proposed media plans and work in collaboration with our Communications department.  All press releases, use of our organization logo on any media platform or print marketing must be submitted for review to:

Darren Thompson, Communications Director @ dthompson@grandlodgemi.org

Reporting:

All grantees are required to submit a final report at the end of the 12 month grant period. This report should include a narrative explaining significant program impact, changes in the organization's financial position, whether or not all the funds were expended and copies of all press releases, newspaper articles, pictures or other marketing in relation to the program/project.


For questions regarding the B.E.S.T. grant contact: Kelly McPherson phone: 989-466-3803 or by email: kmcpherson@mmcfonline.org