CommunityFoundationLogoNewThe Marshall County Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the first of two 2016 Community Fund grant rounds. The Community Fund at the Marshall County Community Foundation (MCCF) is one of the most flexible and responsive of the Foundation’s 330 funds in addressing new and emerging community needs. Twice each year grants are awarded from this endowment fund to nonprofit organizations. These grants support specific projects or programs throughout Marshall County typically focusing on the arts, education, health and human services, recreation and the environment. Community members who serve on MCCF’s Grants Committee evaluate proposals and conduct site visits during a competitive application process.

MCCF is also accepting grant proposals for the Ralph C. Vonnegut, Jr. Fund. Proposals are accepted once each year for this endowment fund that supports environmental, educational, or recreational projects directly related to Lake Maxinkuckee.

Applications for both the Community Fund and Ralph C. Vonnegut, Jr. Fund grants are due by 4:30 pm, Monday, February 1, 2016. Applications will then be reviewed by the MCCF Grants Committee and final decisions will be determined by the Board of Directors during their March meeting. While applications that target educational needs in Marshall County continue to remain important to MCCF, all proposed projects will be reviewed on their merits and how they meet a variety of needs in the community.

Applicants must be organizations with 501(c)(3) IRS status or organizations with 501(c) IRS status whose request is charitable in nature for the following:

Start-up costs for new programs or the expansion of needed programs
One-time projects or needs

To be considered for this funding opportunity, use of the application available online at is required as are signatures of the designated officials noted on the form.

Funding for the biannual Community Fund grants awarded by MCCF is made available through earnings on this endowment fund. Donations to the MCCF Community Fund from individuals and corporations are always welcome and provide a way to make a permanent investment in the community for ever-changing needs. Through a generous grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc., donations to the MCCF Community Fund or any other unrestricted fund at MCCF may receive a $1 to $1 match through March 2016. For more information, call MCCF at 574.935.5159 or email