The Marshall Community Foundation Reinstates Quarterly Grantmaking
Its Emergency Response grants will remain available for COVID relief

The Marshall Community Foundation Board of Trustees is pleased to announce they are reinstating traditional, quarterly grantmaking while still conducting Emergency Action Response grantmaking.

Traditional grantmaking – which consists of distributions from the Fund for Marshall and Marshall Youth Fund – was paused in May 2020 due to the pandemic.  At that time, the Foundation refocused efforts on its Emergency Action Response grantmaking to provide supportive funding for Calhoun County-based nonprofit organizations experiencing unforeseen financial hardships such as increased expenses or lost revenue due to the pandemic.

“Since the pandemic hit nearly a year ago, the Foundation has responded to some of our community’s most pressing needs through the Emergency Response Grant initiative. Due in part to the generosity of our donors, we contributed more than $104,000 to 11 different local agencies,” said Wendee Woods, Foundation Board Chair. 

“We are proud of this work, and will continue responding to COVID-related needs as long as it’s necessary. But as local agencies begin to look toward their post-pandemic future, we felt it was time to also reinstate our traditional grant making,” added Woods.

The upcoming deadline for traditional grants is April 1, 2021, and applications – as well as the Foundation’s grantmaking criteria – are available at

Applications for the Emergency Action Response grants are due on the first day of every month. 

Thus, the Marshall Community Foundation is introducing a hybrid grantmaking process: one to address emergency response initiated by the COVID-19 impact and the other to address traditional community needs.

“Prior to the pandemic, we distributed an average of $300,000 through the Fund for Marshall and Marshall Youth Fund,” said Shannon Tiernan, Foundation Director. “This is a significant annual impact in our community. We look forward to returning to – even exceeding – this level one day soon.”

For more information, Please contact Jen London at (269) 781-2273 or [email protected] .