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The only written rule about how often applicants can submit proposals is the one that states that "an organization should not resubmit a declined proposal for at least 12 months" from date of decline, unless substantial changes related to the proposed project occur.
A quick look at the list of past Grassroots Grants on this website (link) reveals that the projects funded under this program are highly varied and impossible to precisely define. MMT wants to be open to ideas grantseekers generate themselves rather than limiting their approaches by prescribing priorities.In general, however, projects are viewed more favorably when:
Because accounting practices vary and there are many ways of dealing with in-kind contributions, we do not include the value assigned to in-kind labor as part of the $150,000 budget limit. For example, if an organization wanted to apply for a Grassroots Grant to renovate its building, and the sum of materials and total value of labor is $230,000, but $100,000 of the labor is donated, the total project cost would be $130,000, which is within the limit for a Grassroots Grant.
Yes.The Grassroots Grants program was established to give smaller organizations an opportunity to compete for MMT funds. Many of these organizations are without sophisticated grantwriters and sometimes even without paid staff. In some cases, their Grassroots Grant proposals are the first time these organizations have sought funds from a foundation. Although some Grassroots Grants have been made to large well-established organizations, that is the exception and MMT still primarily views the program as a way to help smaller organizations.
Our organization is not a 501(c)(3). Can we use another organization's 501(c)(3) or a fiscal agent to submit an application?
An organization that is not tax-exempt may not borrow another organization's tax-exempt status. Please see this FAQ regarding when fiscal sponsors are allowed.
What are the most common reasons Grassroots Grants proposals are not eligible to apply for Grassroots Grants?
There are three common reasons::1) The applicant does not have required tax-exempt/public charity status. Only 501(c)(3) organizations that are not private foundations, or that are publicly supported, are eligible to apply for Grassroots Grants. Other 501(c) organizations [e.g., 501(c)(4) or 501(c)(6)] are NOT eligible for Grassroots Grants.