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Foundation Grants

What You Need to Get Started

Thousands of family, private, and corporate foundations fund nonprofit organizations in Michigan annually. We have helped our clients obtain millions of dollars in foundation grant funding.


If you are ready to start or expand your foundation grant program below is a list of what we’ll need to get started. Once you have your documents gathered, contact us and we can meet and discuss how to maximize your grant program.


                Organization contact info: address, phone, fax, e-mail, website

                Contact information for Executive Director: phone, fax, e-mail

                Contact person for grant proposals (if different from ED)

501(c)(3) letter from the IRS

                Organization mission, vision, values

                History of organization

                Geographic area served

                Organizational goals & objectives

                Copy of most recent strategic plan

                Copy of most recent fund development or sustainability plan

                2014 990

                2014 Annual report

2015 Organization budget

                2016 Organization budget

                2016 Program budgets

                Program/services descriptions, evaluation criteria, outcomes

                How do you define success? 

                Any grant proposals that have been submitted within the past year

                Any grant reports that have been submitted within the past year

                Current letters of support for the project/programs

                Organization chart that includes board, staff & volunteers

                Staff bios (both paid & volunteer)

                List of major funders for 2015 with amounts

                List of 2016 Board of Directors with affiliations


This list is illustrative of the information that many foundation funders ask for in grant applications. I realize that your organization may not have all of the above documents at this time. Additional information may be needed to meet various grantors’ requirements.


We look forward to working with your organization. Please let us know if you have any questions.

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