Core Grantmaking

Marguerite Casey Foundation provides general operating grants to leaders of organizations and initiatives with the potential to shift the balance of power in their communities.

We primarily support locally-based community organizing efforts focused on communities of people who are consistently excluded from influencing the decisions that shape their lives and futures, and who are excluded from sharing in the rewards and freedoms of society.

Three-Year Average Organizational Revenues
Yearly Grant Size
Capital Fund
2-Years
Promise Fund
3-Years
Power Fund
5-Years
< $1 Million
25% of the three-year average revenue
25% of the three-year average revenue multiplied by 2
25% of the three-year average revenue multiplied by 3
25% of the three-year average revenue multiplied by 5
$1 Million - $2 Million
$250,000
$500,000
$750,000
$1,250,000
$2 Million - $5 Million
$500,000
$1,000,000
$1,500,000
$2,500,000

MCF supports organizational leaders through grants in three distinct funds:

The Power Fund

The Power Fund supports organizations with a clear record of shifting the balance of power in their communities and achieving meaningful change. Grant recipients receive 5-year, general operating grants.

The Promise Fund

The Promise Fund supports organizations that are on track to shift power in their communities, but have not yet established a clear record of strong victories. Grant recipients receive 3-year, general operating grants.

The Capital Fund

The Capital Fund supports organizations that require a significant infusion of resources in order to a) build the capacity and infrastructure necessary to shift power in their communities, or b) keep up with shifts in their environment that have lessened their leverage and increased the cost of achieving meaningful change. Grant recipients receive a 2-year, general operating grant.

MCF sets annual grant amounts at 25% of an organization's average revenue from the last three years, with a maximum annual grant amount of $500,000. Grant recipients are eligible for funding for up to five consecutive years, at which time there will be a mandatory, 2-year funding hiatus before a renewal application may be considered.

MCF is an invitation-only grantmaking organization. However, we recognize that philanthropy has consistently failed to see the full spectrum of leadership within the very communities it aims to support.

Coming in 2022, we will be offering a way that organizations working in the areas we support can introduce themselves to MCF. Note that we will not be able to add newly introduced grant recipients until Summer 2022. Please be aware that MCF does not fund international work or organizations based outside the United States.

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Grant Recipient Portal