To fulfill our mission to expand the capacity of community organizations and incubate qualifying community projects and partnerships, the MCF supports innovative programs benefiting Montrose and the surrounding area through our MCF Impact Grants.

Organizations should be a registered 501 (c) 3 or have a current fiscal sponsor. If not a 501 (c) 3, please be prepared to describe your charitable or tax exemption status.

Funding Guidelines
For 2017-2018, MCF Impact Grants will be awarded for projects or programs benefitting the Montrose Community and surrounding areas in the following areas:

  • Arts & Literature
  • Basic Needs
  • Community Development
  • Education (Focus on Early Childhood Development Infant – Preschool)
  • Health & Wellness
  • Recreation

Typically requests may be in the $500 to $5,000 range. Grant reports from previously awarded grants from (2017-2014) must be received by the MCF before new grant proposals will be considered. For questions regarding previous reporting please call 249-3900.

MCF IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING IMPACT GRANT APPLICATIONS. The deadline was 5:00, Monday, November 13th. Applications will be reviewed by the MCF Grants Review Committee.

Grant Cycle Timeline

  1. Application Deadline was 5:00 pm, Monday, November 13th –  WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
  2. Grant Recipients Announced – Early December
  3. Grants Awarded – Early 2018

Review Criteria
 In general, applications will be reviewed using the criteria below:

  • Proposed project or activity is aligned with the vision and mission of the MCF. See “About ” section on this website ( for details.
  • Grant requests should include detailed information about projects/activities benefiting the Montrose area. Information should include the following: a demonstrated need, goals, objectives, and time frame, and measurable outcome(s).
  • The proposed project or activity affects the population in one of the following areas: Arts & Literature, Basic Needs, Community Development, Health & Wellness, Recreation or Education. (Please note: for applications requesting funding in the area of Education, priority will be placed on projects relating to Early Childhood Development. Early childhood development consists of activities and/or experiences that are intended to affect children prior to their entry into elementary school.)
  • The proposal should include involvement and mutual support from other agencies/organizations within the community – collaboration is encouraged.
  • Funds should be spent in the community and surrounding area and the proposed budget appears to be appropriate for the project.
  • The project has a large impact that can be clearly explained or measured. Large can be in terms of number of people affected or how significantly the intended population is impacted.
  • The organization(s) involved appear to have capacity to carry out proposed project or activity.
  • The project/activity will serve a group of people that could be considered “at risk” or the neediest portion of our population.

No Grant Funding

The following requests will not be funded through the MCF Grant Cycle

  • Medical expenses for an individual.
  • Payments directly to families for requests arising from catastrophes. The Foundation will  consider requests from organizations created for that purpose.
  • Requests for travel expenses.
  • College scholarships.
  • Requests for current capital projects for which the Foundation’s ability to contribute will be only a very small portion of the total budget and, therefore, may have little impact on the success of the project.
  • Requests from religious organizations for the sole purpose of furthering that religion.
  • Requests to support political activities or those designed to influence legislation