The Pokagon Fund is a private, non-operation foundation. As such, it principally provides grants to other entities for charitable or other exempt purposes. If you are an organization that only operates charitable activities as classified under section 501(C)3 of the internal revenue code, or if you offer activities that are considered charitable and thus are exempt from federal income tax, you may be eligible for a grant from The Pokagon Fund.
The Fund supports projects executed by municipalities and charitable institutions that benefit only the communities surrounding The Pokagon Band trust land consolidation sites in Michigan and Indiana: New Buffalo, New Buffalo Township, Three Oaks, Three Oaks Township, Chikaming Township, Hartford, Dowagiac and South Bend, IN. Projects that do not provide direct benefits to individuals in these communities will not be considered.
For Municipalities, Band, and Discretionary Grantees
Up to $10,000
These grants provide program/project support for nonprofit organizations that have public charity status from the IRS or for organizations and municipalities that offer charitable activities, and are working in the area of poverty reduction, education, or community vitality. Special consideration will be given to those requests that are trying to make a positive difference in the lives of those most at-risk in our community including the elderly, at-risk youth, single heads of households, those living in or below the poverty threshold. Due to the grant amount—a maximum of $10,000—the grant application and its accompanying final report is more rigorous.
Up to $3,000
These grants provide program/project support for nonprofit organizations that have public charity status from the IRS or for organizations and municipalities that offer charitable activities, and are working in the area of poverty reduction, education, or community vitality. Due to the grant amount—a maximum of $3,000—this grant application and its accompanying report is simpler to complete.
Municipality Guidelines and Letter of Inquiry for Municipal Grants
LETTER of INQUIRY - (required only for municipal grant requests that are over $3,000)–
Prior to submitting a grant application for a request that is over $3,000, a municipality will submit for review by the Board of Directors of The Pokagon Fund, a short one page Letter of Inquiry Form that includes brief narratives describing the project for which funding is sought and how the project would meet these guidelines. The Letter of Inquiry will provide an opportunity for the Board of Directors to make a preliminary determination as to whether and to what extent the proposed municipal project may be funded. Please click below to view the Letter of Inquiry Form. For more information, please read the Basic Guidelines to Municipalities with Allocated Funding document below before applying for funding.
|Grant Application Deadline Date||For Board Review On|
|January 15, 2021||February 17, 2021|
|April 15, 2021||May 19, 2021|
|July 15, 2021||August 18, 2021|
|October 15, 2021||November 17, 2021|
CONSIDERATIONS FOR GRANT QUALIFICATION
- Organizations that provide opportunities for children, especially those who appear to be at-risk, to participate in educational activities that impact their student achievement.
- Organizations providing opportunities for children, especially those who appear to be at-risk, to be exposed to experiences they would not otherwise enjoy.
- Organizations whose activities provide direct services to individuals living in poverty that produce tangible, measurable outputs (numbers) as well as outcomes (effects) that can be described.
- The potential impact of the program/project on the greatest number of people, or, conversely the depth of the impact on a fewer number of people.
- The potential impact of the program that produces a life-changing experience, or has long-term benefits.
- The organization's fiscal responsibility and management qualifications as expressed in an ability to use The Pokagon Fund award to leverage additional funds from outside sources including board members, other donors, and governmental entities.
- The ability of an organization to obtain necessary additional funding to implement a program or project and to provide ongoing funding after the term of the grant is expired.
- Organizations that have demonstrated the ability to raise sufficient funds for a project before approaching The Pokagon Fund.
This foundation does not support:
- Organizations not currently exempt from federal taxation under the section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
- Parent-teacher organizations.
- Political campaigns, or attempts to influence public office.
- Organizations that unlawfully discriminate as to race, religion, income, gender, disability, or national origin.
- Organizations supporting terrorism.
- Projects or programs aimed at promoting the teachings of a particular church or religious denomination, or construction projects of churches or other religious institutions.
- Foundations affiliated with a for-profit entity.
- Organizations for on-going operating support.
- Startup organizations or programs.
- The reduction of debt.
- Beauty or talent contests.
- Sponsor teams, special events or fundraising activities.
- Medical, scientific or academic research.
- Pay for travel or trips.