Overview of CFMC Grantmaking
Amounts Funded and Length of Grant Terms
The Community Foundation of Merced County establishes a competitive grant budget from its unrestricted funds. The Foundation takes seriously its role as a resource for all of Merced County in considering funding proposals, and intends that this funding is used as widely as possible in our community. Currently the Foundation is accepting grant proposals for $2,000 or less.
We do not accept multi-year grant proposals. However, we will accept applications to continue a project annually.
The Foundation seeks opportunities to stretch its funding impact by making grants which will work in combination with other funds. This might involve requiring an applicant to provide matching funds from other sources. In addition, the Foundation may choose to make a challenge grant, where additional funds must be secured before Foundation monies are released.
The Foundation provides funding in these primary interest areas:
- Art, Culture, Humanities
- Public / Society Benefit
- Environment and Animals
- Human Services
- Projects that respond to challenges facing county residents and propose realistic and significant impact
- Applicants who work in collaboration with other community organizations
- Projects that include funds from other sources to be used in conjunction with those proposed from the Foundation
- Projects that feature active involvement of participants in designing and implementing approaches to overcome challenges, whereby participants develop a sense of ownership for what is proposed
- Organizations that give strong evidence of community support for what they propose (this might be reflected by involvement of program participants, volunteers willing to support the effort, endorsement by community leaders, participation by other organizations, or favorable media coverage of the applicant organization, etc.)
- Applicants who propose ways to sustain future program efforts, and reflect this in their funding proposals
Foundation representatives believe that the most effective funding proposal represents the written version of an organization’s mission. We will look for evidence of careful planning in the proposals you submit.