Frequently Asked Questions
What is MPACF most interested in supporting?
- The start-up of programs that solve critical local problems or address critical local needs.
- Important projects or programs not adequately being served by existing community resources.
- Projects which provide leverage for generating other funds and community resources.
- Projects which facilitate cooperation and collaboration between organizations.
- Projects not requiring continuous funding from MPACF.
- Capital improvements.
What doesn’t MPACF typically support?
- The annual operating expenses of organizations including salaries, ongoing program support and debt reduction.
- Programs or services, or that portion of programs or services, which benefit those outside of Isabella County.
- Services which are considered general government or school obligations.
- Annual fund raising.
- Normal office equipment.
- Previously incurred debt or contracted commitments.
- Travel for groups such as school classes, clubs or sports teams.
What happens to a grant proposal after it is submitted?
The Foundation staff reviews the application and forwards it to representatives of the appropriate endowed funds. The application and recommendations of fund representatives are then forwarded to the Foundation’s Grant Review Committee for a final review. The Grant Review Committee makes a recommendation to the Foundation's Board of Trustees to do one of three things:
- Approve the request as it stands, or with possible alterations or contingencies.
- Table the application.
- Decline funding.
If a grant is approved, a Grant Agreement will be issued. Once the agreement is returned, a check will be distributed in accordance with the agreement. The agreement will also address reporting guidelines.
How can I prepare the best grant proposal possible?
In addition to reviewing your proposal idea with a member of the MPACF staff, there are a variety of free resources available online that may assist you in preparing a well-written proposal. Here are just a few: