Who We Fund
MFH uses three funding mechanisms to implement our strategy and accomplish our mission:
- Grants, which primarily benefit the grantee by furthering their own exempt purposes and programs. The majority of the target population served must be located within the MFH service area and applicants must be registered to conduct business and in good standing with the state of Missouri. The following types of organizations are eligible to seek grant funding from MFH:
- Organizations granted tax-exempt status under provisions of Sections 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Service Code
- State or local government agencies, including educational institutions, and branches of the federal government serving Missouri
- Contracted services, which primarily benefit MFH’s grantees or strategy directly. Common examples of contracts for services involve hiring consultants to provide technical assistance to grantees or evaluation of a MFH programmatic strategy. Individuals, nonprofit organizations, and corporations are eligible to apply to a Request for Contracted Service Proposals.
- Program Related Investments, which consist primarily of low-interest rate loans to seed formation or growth of an organization or program which demonstrates mission and values alignment with MFH. Nonprofit organizations, corporations as well as coalitions and collaboratives are eligible to apply for consideration.
What We Fund
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This is a general template used for MFH grants, unless otherwise specified in the request for applications. If responding to a request for scope of service or request for service proposals, a cost proposal is required.
MFH will fund costs necessary to meet the objectives of a project as outlined in a request for application, contracted service, or program related investment proposal.
The following expenses are allowable subject to the limitations stated:
- Benefits and Payroll Taxes*: For each employee supported with Foundation funds, benefits and payroll taxes may ONLY be requested for:
- employer portion of federal, state, and local taxes
- health, life, and disability insurance related only to the Foundation funded employee(s)
- retirement related only to the Foundation funded employee(s) (do not include retiree benefits other than 401(k), 403(b), or pension)
*MFH reserves the right to negotiate an agreed upon rate
- Indirect Expense: The Foundation will consider up to 15% indirect expense for the portion of employee compensation funded by MFH only (includes salary and benefits & payroll taxes). Indirect expenses are general organizational expenses shared among projects and/or functions, such as executive management, accounting, grants management, human resources or administrative and other support services, office equipment and supplies, telecommunications, occupancy, liability insurance, utilities, facility maintenance, etc.
MFH will not fund the following types of expenses and activities:
- Basic biomedical research or research on drug therapies or devices
- Existing operational deficits or programs projected to create a deficit
- Fundraising campaigns for the purpose of construction, endowment building or establishing emergency or other types of reserves
- Programs that promote specific religious beliefs or proselytize
- Programs fully funded from other sources
How We Fund
MFH completes a comprehensive review of each proposal to determine funding decisions and administer awards through grant and service contracts.
- Programmatic review – This aspect of our process includes an assessment of the organization’s alignment with the mission and values of MFH and their expertise and capacity to carry out the activities of the project as proposed. Additionally, the process includes an analysis of the project’s risks, opportunities, and goals; as well as their alignment with the specific programmatic strategy.
- Organizational review – This aspect of our process includes an evaluation of the fiscal status of applicants as well as the capacity and operational infrastructure to successfully carry out the project as proposed.
- Contract administration – If approved for funding, a formal contract between MFH and the grantee/service provider is developed by the Foundation which includes payment and reporting schedules and other conditions. The contract must be fully executed prior to the beginning of the project and any costs incurred prior to execution will not be considered for purposes of the contract. Typically, payments are contingent upon receipt and approval of reports and submission of financial supporting documentation.
MFH will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status. As part of the application process, applicants will be required to affirm that the applicant will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status either in its employment practices or in its policies and procedures concerning access to services.
*If you are uncertain about your organization’s practices, please contact Steve Frisbee, Project Analyst, at (314) 345-5587 or firstname.lastname@example.org.