Grant Guidelines  

Vision:  The Montclair Fund for Women's community grants program will invest in local projects that promote the economic empowerment, social development, and individual well-being of women and girls in our target communities. MFW also seeks to increase individual participation in local philanthropy among women and minorities.


Submitting a Grant Application

  • Effective beginning 2012, the Annual Application Deadline will be February 4. Due to technical website issues, the 2014 DEADLINE IS EXTENDED TO Friday, FEBRUARY 7, 2014. Montclair Fund for Women will accept applications from local public charities to support high quality direct service programs and/or general operations.

  • MFW requires that grant seekers submit applications in digital format in order to minimize expenses of our grant review process. Organizations that do not have access to e-mail or the Internet should call our office to speak with the director well in advance of the application deadline.

Grant Awards Policies

  • MFW can only award grants to IRS tax-exempt 501(c) (3) public charities. Each grant request, first time or renewal, must include a copy of the agency’s most recent IRS tax-exempt letter.
  • All applications must include the organization’s most recent IRS 990 or certified financial statement.
  • MFW will not award individual scholarships, loans or grants to individuals, loans to organizations, gifts for endowments, debt liquidation or national dues.
  • Grantees must use the award funds for the purpose and within the period stated in the application, in compliance with the MFW Grant Award Terms of Agreement issued with each grant award.

Please contact us if you have questions. We welcome your grant inquiries and suggestions regarding prospective projects, as well as thoughtful suggestions for future MFW funding priorities.

Email: lydia@montclairfundforwomen.org
Phone: 973-420-8746

 

Application Format

Proposals must use the following format. Kindly limit your narrative to no more than one page per topic, with a maximum of seven pages, followed by appendices. Narrative sections of the proposal must be in the same WORD document file, written in normal formatting that can be copied and edited into the format MFW uses to make our Trustee application review packets uniformly readable.

Cover Page - See FORMAT below

Background - Summarize or highlight the organization's accomplishments. Reference brochure or webpage if those include comprehensive agency history that you feel is essential.

Program Narrative - Description of the project for which the award will be used should concisely convey whatever the applicant views as essential, but should minimally state:

  • What are the goals of the project?
  • Who are the target participants and why?
  • What are the measurable objectives?
  • Who, if any, are the partner organizations or businesses?
  • How will you evaluate the successes and shortcomings of the project?
  • Applicant’s total budget
  • Proposed project budget

Appendices – Proof of IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exemption in good standing, most recent audited financial statement or 990, organizational budget, list of current board of directors/trustees

Do not send videotapes, albums, or archival originals.

Grant Reports - Grantees must use funds and submit a grant report within twelve (12) months of the award, or request a grant modification. Applications for renewal must be preceded or accompanied by a final, or interim report on progress up to date of application. If possible, grant reports should be in Word. PDF, Excel, PowerPoint are acceptable if for financial or other appendices.


E-mail Grant Application to lydia@montclairfundforwomen.org

If you have financial or other docs that are only in hard copy, please mail them to:

Mail/Deliver Appendices to:


Montclair Fund for Women – Grants & Reports
41 Watchung Plaza, Suite 72
Montclair, NJ 07042


Thank you for your interest in the Montclair Fund for Women's Grant Awards.


PLEASE FOLLOW THIS COVER PAGE FORMAT – ON PLAIN WHITE 8X11 PAPER

XYZ COMMUNITY CENTER
## STREET ROAD PLAZA
MONTCLAIR, NJ 07042

Phone: 973-555-5555
Fax: 973-555-5555
www.XYZcommunitycenter.org

CONTACTS:
Jane Doe
Executive Director
973-555-5555, ext. 123
jdoe@XYZcommunity.org

Jim Doe
Title
973-555-5555, ext. 124
jdoe@XYZcommunity.org


ORGANIZATION'S MISSION STATEMENT:



PROJECT PURPOSE:



PROJECT PERIOD or SESSION DATES:



TOTAL ORGANIZATION BUDGET:



PROJECT BUDGET:



RATIO of STAFF to PARTICIPANTS:



AMOUNT REQUESTED:

 


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