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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. 
  • Grant amount minimum will be $5,000 with the maximum grant amount $50,000. Grants over $50,000 may be considered with full MMCF board of director approval.
WHAT DOESN’T THE MMCF GRANT SUPPORT?
  • Basic operating budgets
  • Basic government services
  • Basic education functions
  • 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 and 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 application and all necessary documentation will be due by 5 p.m. on the deadline date. Late applications may be considered the following quarter.
  • December 15, 2017 with allocation around January 15, 2018
  • March 15, 2018 with allocation around April 15, 2018
  • June 15, 2018 with allocation around July 15, 2018
  • October 15, 2018 with allocation around November 15, 2018
  • January 15, 2019 with allocation around February 15, 2019
If the application due date falls on a weekend, the applications will be do the next business day.

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.