Grant Guidelines

The mission of the Mountain Lake Area Foundation is to promote charitable giving and facilitate the economic and social growth of the community.

Areas of Interest

  • Arts, Culture, Humanities
  • Community Improvement (celebrations, beautification, parks)
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Recreation, Leisure, Sports, Athletics (camps, leagues, clubs, facilities)
  • Youth Development (developmental assets, mentoring, service learning, scouting, centers/clubs)

Types of Support

  • Conferences/seminars
  • Curriculum development
  • Exhibitions/trade shows
  • Performances
  • Program development
  • Start-up funds

The Mountain Lake Area Foundation generally will not make grants for:

  • Capital expenditures
  • Lobbying or political activities
  • For-profit businesses
  • Debt retirement
  • Ongoing, open ended grants
  • Operating expenses
  • Administrative budgets for existing organizations
  • Programs or services mandated by law
  • National fundraising campaigns
  • Ticket sales, raffles, or fundraising dinners
  • Endowment drives

In reviewing grant proposals, the review team will look for evidence of the following:

  • Proposals must be submitted by a 501(c)(3) organization, a unit of government, or by a public agency. If a 501(c)3, please include a copy of the IRS Determination letter.
  • Organizations that are not tax exempt must apply through a suitable fiscal agent willing to accept responsibility for the project, such as a unit of government, school district, etc.
  • All proposals must demonstrate a benefit within the Mountain Lake Area.
  • The Foundation prefers projects that are submitted by local applicants.
  • Targeted populations are involved early in the development of the proposed project (i.e. businesses, youth, aging, and/or people of color).
  • Proposals should avoid duplication of efforts.
  • Proposals should have clearly-stated goals and measurable outcomes.
  • Proposals should exhibit evidence of appropriate partnerships. Foundation prefers letters of support from involved agencies, organizations, and individuals clearly outlining both support and contributions to the success of the project.
  • Grants generally range from $500 to $5,000.
  • Proposals may include a cash match.
  • The Foundation prefers evidence of one or more ways to continue the project beyond Foundation funding.