Our desire is to build a stronger community.
Grants are the catalyst for realizing our mission to "Build bridges to support the future of Montgomery County." Through strategic and careful grantmaking, we are able to achieve the charitable goals of our fund owners. (The photo represents South Montgomery School Corporation which received $25,969 in the first grant cycle for 2017 to support the new Little Mounties Preschool opening this fall.)
Grant applications are accepted from any nonprofit organization in Montgomery County. These organizations must be tax-exempt whose purposes are described in Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. Applications are also accepted from the three Montgomery County school corporations. If an organization has received funding from MCCF in the past, all post-grant reporting requirements must be current before an organization is eligible to submit a new request.
Unrestricted Grant Cycle
Each year through our unrestricted and field of interest funds, we're able to make grants available through this competitive grant cycle. Areas of granting are: Arts & Culture, Community Development, Education, Health, Historical, Human Services and Youth.
This year, we are offering three Unrestricted Grant Cycles in an effort to be more responsive to community needs. Three grant cycles are scheduled in 2017 and those deadlines are: February 14th, July 18th and October 10th. Applications are submitted online. More information and a link to the applications can be found in the Grants Tool Box on the How to Apply page.
NEW FOR 2017: Capacity Building Grants
We are amazed by the high level of interest in the Capacity Building Grants - our funds for these grants were exhausted in less than 60 days! However, we are so pleased to announce that the Grants & Distributions committee reviewed the program and recommended to the Board of Directors that an additional $7,500 be set aside for more nonprofits to have the opportunity to apply for these grants. The Board voted unanimously to do so and the Capacity Building Grant application, now an online application form, is in the Grants Toolbox on the How to Apply page.
The vision for MCCF is to be a proactive nonprofit leader and encourage philanthropy. We strive to assist in identifying the community’s needs to serve as a catalyst and convener and to provide a vehicle for donors to achieve their charitable goals all with the purpose of enhancing the quality of life for Montgomery County residents.
To this end, MCCF offers Capacity Building Grants to local nonprofit organizations in an effort to strengthen them in ways that increase their capacity to carry out their respective missions. The grants could be used to support the following areas: Professional Development, Board Development, Strategic Planning, Financial Advising, or similar areas.
Women's Legacy Fund Grants
The Women's Legacy Fund (WLF) of the Montgomery County Community Foundation is a group of women committed to making a positive impact on the lives of women and children in Montgomery County. They do this by pooling their philanthropic gifts to increase the impact of their efforts. Each member makes a yearly financial contribution to WLF with a portion going to an endowment and a portion to funding grants. The members select the grants to fund. The contribution form to join WLF for the 2018 grant cycle year is available here. It must be received by December 31, 2017.
The deadline for Montgomery County organizations to apply for a 2017 Women’s Legacy Fund Grant was March 10, 2017. The instructions were available in the Grants Toolbox on the How To Apply page.