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 Achaius Ranch which received $17,000 in 2015 to add on to an existing barn to make space for indoor riding. The ranch offers classes for children ages 8-18 years old at no charge.)
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. Applications must be submitted electronically. Electronic files are a great time and paper saver! Areas of granting are: Arts & Culture, Community Development, Education, Health, Historical, Human Services and Youth.
This year, we offered three Unrestricted Grant Cycles in an effort to be more responsive to community needs. We plan to have three grant cycles again in 2017 and those deadlines are: February 14th, July 18th and October 10th. Please click "How to Apply" to learn more. The 2017 grant application 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 is now in the Nonprofit Toolbox on this 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 girls in Montgomery County. Each member makes a yearly financial contribution to WLF with a portion going to an endowment and a portion to grants. The members select the grants to fund. The WLF application can be found in the Grants Toolbox on the How To Apply page.