MMT has developed a Funding
Finder to help potential applicants determine which grant program best meets their needs.
Responsive Grants fund a wide variety of projects in many fields of activity. MMT's Responsive Grants are typically substantial, and sometimes multi-year; therefore, proposals should be strategic and reflect an organization's top priority at the time. Proposals should reflect the organization's mission and capabilities, have clear outcomes, several different funding sources, and a credible plan for sustainability.
Because we want applicants to be as prepared as possible when submitting proposals to MMT, we have a Help Desk on this website where we offer up Frequently Asked Questions, list specific criteria we use in evaluating various kinds of proposals, and invite grantseekers to ask us other questions that may not be answered elsewhere at the Help Desk.
Proposals declined by MMT may not be resubmitted for at least 12 months after the date of declination, unless substantial changes in the project occur. It is best to email or call MMT before resubmitting a proposal.
MMT has identified a number of items it generally does not fund:
- Direct grants, scholarships, or loans to individuals
- General fund drives, annual appeals, special events, or sponsorships
- Elimination of operating deficits
- Projects of sectarian or religious organizations that principally benefit their own members or adherents
- Direct replacement funding for activities previously supported by federal, state, or local public sources
- Acquisition of land for conservation purposes (except through Program Related Investments)
- Hospital capital construction projects (except through Program Related Investments)
- Animal welfare organizations (both domestic and wild animals)
- Animal-assisted therapy
- Projects that primarily benefit students of a single K-12 school, unless the school is an independent alternative school primarily serving low-income and/or special needs populations
- MMT funds cannot be earmarked for purposes of influencing legislation, and the grantee cannot expend any part of the grant in a way that violates its tax-exempt status