These guidelines are designed to provide you with information about applying for a grant from the McPherson County Community Foundation (MCCF). The following is an explanation of our policy, priorities, limitations, deadlines, and other things you’ll need to know about the way we work and the factors that influence our decisions.
Applications must be submitted by the end of the day 1 week prior to the Grant’s Committee Meetings. Meetings are held the last Wednesday of the month in January, March, May, July, September, November.
What kinds of programs does the MCCF fund?
The McPherson County Community Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations in the McPherson area with a focus in Arts; Basic Human Needs and Disaster Relief: Children and Youth; Community Development and Leadership; Conservation, Preservation, and Beautification; Education; the Elderly; and Health Care and Mental Health.
What type of support is funded?
The review committee will consider the following:
Project or program support – supports specific projects or programs.
Operating or general support – supports the work of the organization.
Endowments – intended to be administered and invested by MCCF to provide income for continued support of the organization.
Seed money – to establish or initiate a new project, program or organization, including salaries and other operating expenses.
Capacity building – activities that strengthen an organization and help better fulfill its mission, such as equipment and staff, facility purchase and renovation, training, publications, and convening.
Capital campaigns – supports construction or renovation of a facility. Typically a maximum grant of $10,000 will be awarded to selected recipients.
What type of information does the committee consider when selecting recipients?
When evaluating applications careful consideration is given to the following:
- The potential impact of the request and the number of people who will benefit;
- The degree to which the applicant works with or complements the services of other organizations;
- The commitment and composition of the organization’s Board of Directors;
- The extent of volunteer involvement and support for the project;
- The organization’s fiscal responsibility and management qualifications;
- The possibility of the use of its grants as seed money for matching funds from other sources;
- The ability of the organization to obtain additional funding to implement the project; and
- The assurance from the organization of their ability to provide ongoing funding.
Restrictions on Foundation Support
MCCF does not make grants to individuals. We also ordinarily do not support:
- Annual appeals in membership drives
- Grants to support individuals – review the Scholarship Application for information regarding educational scholarships.
- Travel for individuals, bands, sports teams, classes and similar groups;
- Lobbying or political purposes
- Support of organizations that practice discrimination by race, color, creed, sex, age or national origin
- Operating deficits or retirement of debt
Grant Award Procedure
All applications undergo a preliminary review by the MCCF staff for eligibility, completeness, and clarity. Applicants will be sent an acknowledgement of receipt of proposals and notification of any missing or incomplete information. The applications are then sent to the Grants Committee, comprised of volunteer citizens for review. The committee makes recommendations to the Board of Directors for final approval.
If your proposal is approved, you will receive a grant agreement that outlines the terms and conditions under which the grant has been authorized. A final narrative and fiscal report will be required upon completion of the project or, in the case of ongoing projects, within one year of funding. Final evaluation reports may be accessed and submitted through your online grant portal.