Nonprofit Grant Program

Grant Guidelines

Mildred’s Dream Foundation (MDF) provides grants to community-based nonprofit organizations across priority focus areas that help us meet our mission. All grant requests must align with at least one of these areas:

  1. Education with a focus on access, diversity and/or inclusion 
  2. Domestic Violence including Sexual Assault, Abuse Prevention and Survivor Support
  3. Physical Health/Mental Health
*Deadline for 2024 MDF Grants is August 15th, 2024

Our Grant Committee is responsible for the review of grant applications and the decisions regarding the award and distribution of 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. Please note that an average grant award from MDF is between $5,000 and $10,000.

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 if necessary for program delivery, implementation or expansion.


To be eligible to receive a grant from MDF, organizations must:

  • Be designated by the Internal Revenue Service as a nonprofit under 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Tax Code. 
  • Provide direct services, programming and/or advocacy and coalition work for the community in one of the focus 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.


How to Apply:

                                        Deadline for 2024 MDF Grants is August 15th, 2024
  1. 2024 MDF Grant Application
  2. (PDF Version) MDF 2024 Grant Application Questions PDF
  3. Excel Document Template MDF Budget_Template_2024 (please download and save).

Instructions on completing the application can be found on the application itself. Because members of the MDF Grant Committee come from diverse professional backgrounds, please be sure to clearly explain all key terms, programs and initiatives without the assumption of knowledge of the organization’s focus area. All questions on the application are required and word count limitations must be followed. 

All organizations are required to submit two documents in addition to the Grant Application:. 

  1. A budget sheet 
  2. A copy of the organization’s IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter

The Grant Committee will begin the application review and evaluation process after the submission due date. All applicants will receive notification from the Executive Director in November 2024. If any applicant would like feedback on their grant proposal whether it was funded or not, they may reach out to the Executive Director.

Funds will be distributed before January 1, 2025. All approved grant proposals will be required to submit an impact report to MDF within 6 months of receiving funding.

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

To learn more about recent specific grants awarded by MDF, please see the 2023 MDF Grant Descriptions.

  2024 MDF Grant Guidelines for Download

*if you have any questions about the Nonprofit Grant Program, please contact  

Other Opportunities for nonprofit organizations from Mildred’s Dream Foundation:

  • Join an Event Committee
  • Join the Grant Committee
  • Submit a Nomination for the MDF 2024 Mentor Award (Awardees receive a donation in support of a charity they choose-does not have to be a grantee).
  • Participate in a Workshop* or Volunteer at an Event

If interested in any of these opportunities email: 


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MDF proudly donates 100% of the money raised from our events and fundraising activities to our selected charities. All costs associated with MDF events and operations are funded by donations from The Piltch Family.