Marshall Community Foundation Launches Tiered Grant Making Approach

As the needs in and around the community continue to evolve, the Marshall Community Foundation (MCF) Board of Trustees is also committed to meeting the evolving needs of non-profit agencies and organizations they serve.  Emerging from the pandemic, the Board of Trustees found value in reassessing their Strategic Plan.  In doing so, they recognized a desire to create opportunity for greater impact in various areas of the community.  They determined that launching a tiered approach to grant making would help achieve this goal.

“We are thrilled to launch a unique process for Impact Grants – requests over $25,000,” Board Chair, Marguerite Davenport, announced.  These large-scale grants will allow organizations to develop programs and projects that will leave a lasting effect on our community for years to come.” 

Impact Grants, awarded once annually, may be used to support capacity building, new major projects, and/or be used as challenge grants.  In order to ensure the proposed grant meets MCF’s grant making priorities, the Impact Grant process has additional requirements.  This process will require a Letter of Intent, a thorough application, site visit, formal presentation, and final report.   

“We are grateful to provide additional grant opportunities for the non-profits we serve, while simultaneously ensuring we remain mindful stewards of the resources entrusted to the Foundation,” added Davenport.

The Foundation’s Mini Grants and quarterly grant options (Momentum Grants) will remain a steadfast avenue to meet non-profit organizations’ and agencies’ needs.  Mini grants, reviewed on a rolling basis, offer up to $750 of support.  Momentum Grants are reviewed quarterly and can provide up to $24,999 of support for programs and projects which align with the Foundation’s grant making priorities.

Potential grantees are encouraged to visit the Marshall Community Foundation website ( for more information regarding these grants.  The information provided on the website will allow organizations to determine which tier of granting making is the best fit.    

Grantees seeking an Impact Grant should submit a Letter of Intent by December 1.  Organizations/agencies whose letters receive approval will be contacted by Foundation staff with additional information about the application process.    

The staff at the Marshall Community Foundation is ready to help with the grant submission process and looks forward to working with local non-profits to support their future endeavors.  Please contact Jen London, Grant Manager, by emailing [email protected] or calling 269-781-2273.