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This information details the Foundation's grants program. Please be aware that the Foundation receives many more worthy requests than it can support.


MACF's grant program currently operates through an online application process. Qualified charitable organizations are required to submit proposals by the appropriate deadline. The Foundation supports qualified nonprofit organizations primarily in the city of Martinsville and the counties of Henry and Patrick. Consideration may be given to organizations in other areas when specified by the donor. Proposals are initially screened for completeness and eligibility. Foundation staff will review proposals and conduct preliminary research, including site visits. Reports are prepared for the Board of Directors, who then determines final grant recommendations. Grantees are required to report on the funded project no later than one year from the date of the grant. 

What We Look For

The Foundation looks for projects and programs where a moderate amount of grant money can produce significant results. Proposals must fall within the purpose of the fund to which you are applying. We look for innovative but practical approaches to solving community problems. Applicants should show a well-planned approach to address important community issues; a base of other support (financial, participatory and voluntary); efficient use of community resources; involvement of underserved constituencies; and coordination, cooperation and sharing among nonprofit organizations and elimination of project duplication. Organizations should demonstrate present and future sustainability and provide identifiable outcomes of the proposed project or program.

Funding Restrictions

Foundation grants are usually awarded for the accomplishment of a definite purpose within a specified time period - normally not more than one year. The Foundation's discretionary funds typically do not support the following:

  • Individuals
  • Deficit reduction
  • Capital campaigns
  • Endowments
  • Fundraising events
  • Sectarian, fraternal or religious programs (However, grants may be made to faith-based organizations for secular projects.)

Applying for a Grant


Applicants are required to submit proposals using our ONLINE application process. 


Tutorial Links

Applicant Registration Tutorial

Applicant Workflow Tutorial

Applicant Tutorial PDF

Required Templates

Program Budget Template

Questions? If you have questions about the grant process or application, please contact April Haynes or Kara Gilley at 276-656-6223.


General Grants Process Timeline

Cycle Applications Made Available Proposals Due Grant Decisions Made Notification Date 
Special Interest Grants February 12, 2018  March 12, 2018 April  April 
Women In Philanthropy Grants June 14, 2018 July 20, 2018 September  October 
Special Interest  Grants August 13, 2018 September 7, 2018 October November
 Community Impact Funds November 2, 2017 November 16, 2017 December December

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