Nonprofit Grant Program

Grant Guidelines

Mildred’s Dream Foundation provides grants to community-based nonprofits across three priority focus areas. Grant requests must align with at least one of these three areas: Education access, diversity and inclusion; Domestic Violence and Abuse Prevention and Survivor Support; or Physical and Mental Health.

Our Grant Committee is responsible for the review of grant applications and decisions regarding the award and distribution of grant funds. Up to $25,000 will be provided per grant and amounts funded are based on the organization’s budgetary needs, strength of application and close alignment with our areas of giving. 


To be eligible to receive a grant, organizations must:

  • Be designated by the Internal Revenue Service as a nonprofit under 501(3)(c) of the U.S. Tax Code. 
  • Support the community in one of the following areas: 1. Education access, diversity and inclusion; 2. Violence and Abuse Prevention and Survivor Support; 3. Physical and Mental Health and Well-being
  • Provide direct services or advocacy/coalition work for the community in one of the areas listed above.

MDF does not fund the following interests or entities:

  • Individuals
  • Colleges and universities
  • Hospitals and medical facilities
  • Endowments
  • Politically affiliated groups
  • Religious institutions and facilities
  • Grants provided by MDF cannot be used for capital projects or be redistributed to fund other organizations or nonprofits.


Type of Grants:

  • MDF provides grants which fund specific programs or projects, including both direct service and projects that further the organization’s mission and service goals. Up to 20% of the submitted grant request can be used for general operating costs, excluding rent, utilities, office supplies, taxes and insurance. Staff salary can be considered as an operating cost if necessary for program implementation or expansion.


How to Apply:

Our 2023 will open on or around June 1, 2023 and will close on September 1, 2023.

The Grant Committee will begin the application review process after the submission due date. All applicants will receive notification on or around December 1, 2023. Funds will be distributed before January 1, 2024.

If you have questions about the grant process or application, please email Anne Meisner, Executive Director, at All questions must be submitted in a timely manner so the submittal deadline may be met.


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