Foundation Helps Local Nonprofits with Operational Funding

As part of an effort to impact the local community in a positive way, the Midland Area Community Foundation made operational funding grants available during 2010.  The first round of grants have been approved.

Shelterhouse, Safe and Sound, West Midland Family Center, Community Christmas Closet, Railway Family Center, Open Door, and North Midland Family Center all received operational funding to assist them as they have seen increased need and reduced funding sources as a result of the recent economic instability.  Total grants awarded were $34,000.00

“We reviewed the financial statements and plans of each nonprofit,” said Jim Hop, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation.  “We want to be sure that we are assisting organizations that are sustainable, necessary and impacting.  We are hoping to address the the gap between the impact of a poor economy and the need that we’re seeing in our community.”

The temporary grant program is intended to assist with administrative and operational expenses as opposed to the Foundation’s traditional new project grants.

“We see a need for service agencies to remain open and help our citizens.  Right now they need to keep doing what they do so well, provide basic human services to our community,” said Jan McGuire, President and CEO of the Midland Area Community Foundation.

The Operational Grants are available to Midland County nonprofits twice more this year.  Deadlines are July1, 2010 and Oct. 1, 2010.  Nonprofits are asked to contact Jan McGuire or Ken Mault at the Midland Area Community Foundation to express intent to apply and to discuss process before submitting a grant proposal.