Nonprofit Grant Program

Grant Guidelines

Mildred’s Dream Foundation (MDF) provides grants to community-based nonprofit organizations across three priority focus areas. All grant requests must align with at least one of these three 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 and/or Mental Health and Well-Being

 

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. 

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.

Eligibility:

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

  • Be designated by the Internal Revenue Service as a nonprofit under 501(3)(c) 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:

The 2023 Grant Application will open on June 1, 2023 and will close on August 31, 2023. 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. 

The 2023 Grant Application is currently closed.

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

  1. A budget sheet (provided by MDF – see below for instruction on how to obtain this sheet) that specifically outlines the proposed program or project as well as a full organizational budget overview***
  2. A copy of the organization’s IRS 501(3)(c) determination letter

***Please email kristen@mildredsdreamfoundation.org for a copy of the required Budget Sheet. Both documents must be uploaded into the Grant Application.

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 between November and December 2023. If any applicant would like feedback on their grant proposal whether it was funded or not, they may reach out to the Executive Director and a mutually agreeable meeting time will be arranged.

Funds will be distributed before January 1, 2024. 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  kristen@mildredsdreamfoundation.org  All questions must be submitted in a timely manner so the submittal deadline may be met.

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