We welcome grant seekers! The
Community Foundation encourages grant applications from organizations
serving Mackinac Island that are tax-exempt according
to Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.
Grants are awarded twice each year in June and December, and on rare occasions in emergencies. Applications are due April 1 and October 1.
MICF is most interested in projects that focus on arts and humanities, social service, education, community enrichment, youth, environmental awareness and protection, health and wellness, or the horse tradition on Mackinac Island. Grants normally range from $100 to $1,500. In general, highest priority is given to those applications that meet one or more of the following criteria:
What Will Not Be Funded
Grants will NOT be made to individuals, only to 501(c)(3) organizations. Grants are normally not made for operating expenses, annual fundraising campaigns, political campaigns, loans, sectarian purposes, or deficit funding.
The Review Process
All applications are reviewed by committees comprised of MICF Trustees and community volunteers before a final decision is reached. Applications may go directly to the Grants Committee or may be turned over to the advisory committee for an issue area or specific field-of-interest fund for review and comment. The Grants Committee looks over all committee recommendations and decides which grants best fit with the mission of the Community Foundation and the intent of its donors. The Grants Committee submits a report to the full Board of Trustees for approval.
Award announcements are made by mail and at community gatherings. Generally, grant requests that have been denied are not reconsidered.