Grants provide maximum community impact.

The Marshall Community Foundation reviews/awards grants quarterly or monthly based upon the size of the grant request. (Grant applications can be submitted at any time.) Grants are awarded to agencies across Calhoun County that benefit residents of the City of Marshall and surrounding townships. Grants are intended to be a flexible local funding opportunity that can rapidly respond to community needs.

Grant Application Process

Step 1


Thoroughly review the Foundation’s grant making priorities.

Step 2


Contact the Marshall Community Foundation to discuss your potential request.

Step 3


Create a Grantee Profile.

Step 4

Profile Documents

Upload required documents:

  • IRS Determination Letter
  • Board Roster
  • Most recent 990
  • Annual Operating Budget
Step 5


Access and complete grant application.

Step 6

Grant Documents

Upload necessary letters of support and/or vendor bids.

Step 7


Submit application.

Who can apply?

The Marshall Community Foundation welcomes and encourages grant applications from non-profit, tax-exempt organizations, schools, churches (for non-sectarian purposes, cities and townships in the greater Marshall-area and Calhoun County. With limited exceptions, grant requests should directly benefit residents of the City of Marshall and surrounding townships.

Grant-making Priorities

Application priorities include, but are not limited to:

  • Yields substantial community benefits for the resources invested
  • Facilitates cooperation and enhances collaboration among organizations
  • Avoids duplication of services
  • Benefits the greatest number of people in the community and attracts volunteer resources
  • Strengthens or improves the self-sufficiency and efficiency in areas such as, but not limited to:
    • Capacity Building
    • Workforce Development
  • Represents innovative, start-up efforts
  • Supports low income/underserved populations with:
    • Access to Resources
    • Poverty Intervention
    • Food Insecurity
  • Promotes youth development in areas such as, but not limited to:
    • Student Performance
    • Teacher Training
    • Supplemental Programs
    • Youth Mental Health
  • Examines and addresses underlying causes of local challenges
  • Seeks challenge or matching financial resources

Grant Restrictions

The Marshall Community Foundation does NOT grant for:

  • Legislative or political projects
  • Religious or sectarian purposes
  • Support for the same program year-after-year
  • Requests that only benefit one or a few individuals
  • Annual fundraising drives or capital campaigns
  • Administrative costs for maintaining the present operation of an organization (i.e. general operating expenses), including, but not limited to, staff salaries, wages, benefits, office equipment, etc. Please note, salaries may be considered on a case-by-case basis only as related to direct program expenses, not daily operations.
  • Education requests that supplant, rather than supplement, the ongoing operations of the school district, such as equipment or educational materials, including curriculum supplies and resources.
  • Endowments or debt reduction
  • Requests of $5,000 or greater with The Marshall Community Foundation being the only funding source
  • Requests over $75,000
  • The Marshall Community Foundation will only consider granting to organizations who have submitted final reports for all previous grants.  Final reports must be approved by the Board of Trustees.  The approval process may take up to three months.

Grant Deadlines

Applicants must submit completed applications and all additional requested materials by the deadline indicated to be considered for the next grant cycle. Applications posted after a deadline, will be considered in the next applicable grant cycle.

DeadlineGrant ReviewFinal Decision
January 12nd Tuesday in February4th Tuesday in February
April 12nd Tuesday in May4th Tuesday in May
July 12nd Tuesday in August4th Tuesday in August
October 12nd Tuesday in November4th Tuesday in November

The Review Process

Grant requests are reviewed by the Foundation’s Grant Review Committee (GRC), comprised of community volunteers and members of the Marshall Community Foundation Board. Also, all youth related grant requests are reviewed by the Youth Advisory Council (YAC). The Marshall Community Foundation Board of Trustees reviews the GRC and YAC recommendations and makes the final decision. Carefully read the directions below. If your grant application is submitted incomplete, it will not be considered.

  • Review each question carefully.
  • Answer all of the questions. For those questions that do not apply to your grant request, answer N/A.
  • Upload all required documents (i.e. vendor bids and letters of support).
  • Once you submit the application, you will be unable to go back to make changes.

Apply For A Grant

Once you have completed all the above steps, you are ready to start your application.

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Grant Final Report

If you have received a grant and the project is near or at completion, please submit a final report.

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