Grant Guidelines :: Wayne County Community Foundation
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Grant Guidelines

Program: A program is defined as an effort intended to improve the understanding of a topic(s) or issue(s) of importance to the health, happiness, and/or well-being of our community, or an ongoing, interactive effort to address a target community's need(s) by providing individuals with access to services that will improve their health, happiness, and well-being.

Program proposal that we encourage:

  •     Applications for seed money for new programs or new dimensions to existing ones;
  •     Applications for transitional funds for programs that have recently lost a secure source of funding and have a proven record of meeting community needs.
  •     Collaborative efforts among multiple agencies to address high priority community needs

Project: A project is defined as an effort to advance the effectiveness and/or operational growth of an applicant agency, or a program or initiative sponsored by the application through the acquisition of material and human resources and technology.

Project proposals that we encourage

  •     Proposals for resources to significantly enhance an agency’s ability to operate effectively or improve services;
  •     Proposals that are integral to the success of new or existing program;
  •     Proposals for resources associated with new or newly renovated facilities.

Evaluation will be based on whether the program/project…

  •     Is likely to positively affect a high-priority, high impact community need
  •     Effectively benefit an agency’s clients
  •     Adequately address sustainability beyond the Foundation’s grant
  •     Has a clearly defined strategy to assess goals and outcomes
  •     Provides an adequate realistic strategy to assess goals and outcomes
  •     Provides an adequate, realistic timeline for completion
  •     Documents reasonable efforts to obtain other sources of funding
  •     Collaboration to reduce program costs
  •     Includes an investment of labor and/or funds from the applicant agency
  •     Has social benefits that are proportional to its expenses

Not Normally funded Through Discretionary Grants:

  •     Multiple projects from an organization during the same year
  •     Advertising, public relations, media events, or expense
  •     Individual conferences and trips
  •     Agencies with taxing authority
  •     Public, private, or charter schools (See Grant Programs – Education)
  •     Scholarships (See Scholarships)
  •     Umbrella agencies for the purpose of re-granting
  •     Endowments
  •     Sectarian religious agencies unless event or activity is open to other denominations
  •     Deficit financing
  •     Routine operating expenses
  •     Political lobbying efforts or campaigns
  •     Organizations located outside Wayne County

Grant Application

Generally, in order for grants to be reviewed in a timely fashion the following quarterly due dates should be followed: February 1,  May 1,  August 1 and November 1.