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Grant Evaluation Reports are due 9 months from the date grant is awarded. Failure to provide Grant Evaluation Reports will prevent your organization from being considered for future grants.

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How may I seek funding? 

Applying for funding from the Middletown Community Foundation is easy. Access the application by clicking the application link on the right column of this page. Fill it out, and send it in. Applications are available in PDF format. Applicants only need to submit one copy of the application. Applications may be submitted throughout the year with specific subject areas considered each quarter.

Important Dates: 
Middletown Community Foundation considers grant applications four times per calendar year. Each quarter is dedicated to two or four areas of interest to the Foundation. Grants must be received and stamped by end of day on the due date and Grant Evaluation Reports are due 9 months from grant award. New grant requests will not be considered if there are outstanding Grant Evaluation Reports.

March 1st: Recreation, Arts, Festivals, Community Development; Capital improvements pertaining to these subject areas.

June 1st: Quality Education, Human Needs; Capital improvements pertaining to these subject areas.

September 1st: Recreation, Arts, Festivals, Community Development; Capital improvements pertaining to these subject areas.

December 1st: Quality Education, Human Needs; Capital improvements pertaining to these subject areas. 

March 20: Fondersmith and Summertime for Kids grants due in the office.

What Should My Application Include?  
Always include: 

  •    Your organization’s legal name
  •    Address
  •    Contact person
  •    Mission statement
  •    Roster of trustees or directors
  •    IRS determination letter, Form 990 (or operating financial statement if not required to file a 990)
  •    Signed grant agreement 
  •    A narrative containing the project name, amount of funding sought, project budget and project description. 

Applications without all of the above listed items will not be considered for funding.
Who May Apply? 
IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations may apply as well as those not-for-profit entities which are not required by law to obtain 501(c)(3) status: governmental agencies, churches and schools. Generally, organizations must be located in Middletown, Franklin, Monroe, Trenton, Lemon Township or Madison Township, although requests from charities outside of this service area may be considered for programs which serve area residents. Middletown Community Foundation does not fund individuals, for-profit companies, operating budgets, national organizations, religious programs, political groups, endowments, medical or research organizations, non-U.S. charities or sponsorships at fund-raising events. Some of these groups may receive grants from donor advised funds at the recommendation of individual donors who advise those separate funds, but no grants are ever distributed to individuals (other than scholarships) or for-profit companies. 

Suggestions for Grant Seekers:
Collaborative projects are encouraged. Projects with multiple funding sources demonstrate:

    1.) a more efficient  use of our communities’ limited philanthropic dollars 
    2.) cooperation among various service providers and 
    3.) eliminates unnecessary duplication of services. 

Applications should focus on meeting specific community needs rather than supporting the work of a specific organization. They should help create safe, positive living environments for our residents and enable families to develop skills and resources needed to support and nurture each other. 

Projects which foster the development of responsible young people in the community are also encouraged. 

What happens after my application is submitted?
It will be reviewed by staff and assigned to a member of your Community Foundation’s Distribution Committee for investigation. 

The investigator may schedule either a telephone call or in-person visit with you to discuss your proposal further and seek additional information. 

The application will then be presented to the Distribution Committee, which submits its recommendation to the Board of Trustees. 

Following the Board’s vote, you’ll receive written notification of the action taken on your request. 

Generally, this is mailed to the contact person on your application approximately 60 days after the application deadline, so you should not apply for projects that will begin within 60 days of the application deadline. 

Questions?  E-mail us at info@mcfoundation.org or call us at 513-424-7369