The Morton Community Foundation is now accepting applications for its 12th annual Spring Grant Cycle until Friday, March 13, 2015. We will likely receive $85,000 - $90,000 in requests from local charities, schools, and governmental entities (Village, Park District, Library, etc.). A committee of about 15 individuals from our community will review the grant applications and make a recommendation to the Morton Community Foundation Board of Trustees on how much each organization will receive. This year the MCF has $38,775 to give in grants. It’s quite an impressive and rather extensive process, and for the organizations requesting the funding, the grants are both needed and greatly appreciated.
But, did you know the annual Spring Grant Cycle is only the beginning? In 2015, the Morton Community Foundation will also be providing $15,000 in memorial and field of study scholarships, primarily to Morton area High School Seniors who plan to go on to colleges and universities, and who qualify either because of their efforts during high school, or because of their chosen field of study.
Grant checks totaling an additional $87,500 will be presented in 2015 by the MCF to charities and organizations as directed by individuals who hold Donor Advised Funds and Designated Funds at the MCF. Donor advised funds allow donors to have ongoing involvement in the use of their gifts. Designated Funds have been established by donors to provide annual funding that is “designated” to a specific organization or purpose.
Another $17,000 in grants will be presented to charities in 2015 from the Foundation’s Agency and Field of Interest Funds. That makes a total of $158,275 worth of support being sent out from the Morton Community Foundation to help all the area organizations in their work.
Did you know that the Morton Community Foundation serves as a central donation point for many of our local capital projects? Two examples of these types of projects are the Idlewood Arts Pavilion and the Morton Downtown Plaza. It is estimated that about $100,000 - $300,000 will go to these two capital projects in 2015.
We’re proud to be the one local charity whose sole purpose is to support both the charitable purposes of donors, and the charitable organizations serving our area. When you give to the Morton Community Foundation, you are impacting all of Morton.
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