MARTINEZ, Calif. – Projects or programs that are located in, or which primarily serve Martinez and its residents are encouraged to submit grant applications for the spring 2016 grant review by the Martinez Community Foundation (MCF) Board of Directors. Applications must be received by Sept. 15.
Established in 1993, the Foundation has provided nearly $616,000 in grants to projects and programs that benefit the community and the people who live and work in Martinez in the foundation’s areas of focus – community services, cultural and community celebrations, economic development, education and the environment.
“The Martinez Community Foundation is committed in its efforts to help Martinez become a community for residents and businesses, as well as for the non-profit organizations that serve the people who live here,” said Stuart M. McCullough, MCF Board President. “In that endeavor, we must carefully consider how best to distribute the funds so as to provide benefit to the greatest number of people, and to have a lasting effect. We want to leave a legacy.”
The MCF Board awarded nearly $26,00 in grants in 2015 and 2016 to such programs and projects as the Martinez Chamber of Commerce, Boys and Girls Club of Diablo Valley, Contra Costa Crisis Center, Loaves and Fishes, Martinez Early Childhood Center, among other worthy organizations.
The Foundation does not award grants to individuals, for-profit organizations, new or start-up organizations, nor may grants be used for research, administrative or operating expenses, or for sectarian religious functions. Not-for-profit organizations must have current federal tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status.
Applications may be obtained by calling the Foundation at (925) 372-6286, by writing to: Martinez Community Foundation, P.O. Box 789, Martinez, CA 94553, or by downloading them from the MCF website at www.martinezcommunityfoundation.org.