NOTE: Our Fall 2020 grant cycle is now closed.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant challenges for our local nonprofit sector. We recognize the need for patience and flexibility as nonprofits and funders alike navigate through this “temporary normal” together.

Given that, our Fall 2020 grant cycle will focus exclusively on general operating support. Applicants may request up to $7,500 to spend as they see fit, subject to the restrictions below.

Please note that these general operating grants are intended for established organizations that were financially stable prior to the coronavirus pandemic; they are intended to enhance operations or stabilize organizations impacted by COVID-19, not to establish a new organization or launch a fledgling organization.

Applications are due by 11:59 PM on Thursday, October, 1, 2020.

Eligible applicants:

•    Provide substantial services or programs that benefit Emmet County and its residents
•    Are 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, educational institutions, units of government, or religious houses of worship providing services to individuals regardless of their religious affiliation
•    Can demonstrate financial solvency prior to March 1, 2020
•    Are in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and must have obtained 501(c)(3) status with the IRS prior to March 1, 2020

Grant dollars may be used for expenses that occur between October 1, 2020 – August 31, 2021 (our grant period), such as:

•    Salaries and wages
•    Office rent or mortgage payments
•    Office utilities
•    Supplies and equipment
•    Professional development
•    Marketing materials
•    Dues and subscriptions
•    Business travel
•    Etc.

Grant dollars may NOT be used for:

•    Any expense that occurred prior to October 1, 2020
•    Annual giving campaigns
•    Services commonly recognized as government or school obligations
•    Endowments
•    Deficit funding or debt retirement, including operating budget deficits or shortfalls that existed prior to March 1, 2020; however, we will consider requests for debt payment related to short-term debt service needs (i.e. mortgage payments)
•    Advocacy of specific religious doctrines
•    Operation of a religious houses of worship
•    Lobbying for political candidates and/or specific legislation