2/1/21: In 2021, in addition to providing support for organizations actively involved in the fight against covid-19, The Mt. Pleasant Fund is once again committing to supporting those organizations serving children and families in Holyoke, Massachusetts. As a part of our general grantmaking, we are interested in partnering with organizations that are specifically working with and\or on behalf of children and families who are economically marginalized. If your organization falls into this category, your first step is to fill out this form. It will be reviewed within a month of our receiving it, and applicants can expect to hear from us as soon as the review is complete.
12/30/19: As mentioned earlier in this section, in 2020 the Fund is going to be focusing on the city of Holyoke, Massachusetts and specifically on children living in the city who are living on the margins economically. If your 501(c)(3) organization is positively impacting these children either directly or indirectly, and you would like to apply to us for funding, your first step is to fill out and complete this initial application. We will notify you once we have received your application, and you can expect an initial response within a month from the date of receipt. If our Board of Directors determines to keep you under consideration for funding, you will be asked to fill out a full application. If the board declines your initial application, you will be eligible to submit another initial application in one year. We accept applications on a rolling basis. There are no deadlines. The initial application may be completed at any time (though only once every 365 days).
11/14/19: The Fund has decided to narrow our programmatic focus to Holyoke, Massachusetts. For the foreseeable future, we will be partnering exclusively with organizations having a direct impact on marginalized children living in the city of Holyoke. Guidelines for applicant agencies will be available by January 31, 2019 on this site. Check back here for details.
3/21/18: Invitations have been sent to prospective partners. The deadline for applications to be submitted is April 27, 2018
4/18/17: Invitations have been sent to prospective partners. The deadline for applications to be submitted from those invitees is April 28, 2017
11/18/16: We have made our gifts to the organizations selected to partner with us for FY16 (10/1/16-9/30/16). We will be sending another round of invitations out to prospective partners in January or early February of 2017.
8/26/16: Site visits to those agencies still under consideration for funding from us for this cycle have now been completed. We anticipate being able to notify all applicants of our decisions by the end of September.
2/26/16: Every organization that we intend to invite to apply to us for this funding cycle has now had their invitations emailed or snail mailed to them. The deadline to have applications to us is April 8, 2016. We expect to have completed our initial review of the applications by mid-late May.
1/15/16: We are in the process of collecting ideas from our Board and membership with regard to which organizations we are going to invite to apply to us for funding this year. Invitees can expect to hear from us in early February.
8/27/15: We are conducting site visits to those agencies under current consideration for funding from us. We expect to make our final decisions by the end of September and applicant agencies can expect to hear from us at that time. The next round of invitations to those agencies that we hope to have apply to us will go out in early 2016.
12/29/14: We are currently in the process of compiling a list of agencies that we’ll be inviting to submit Letters of Intent for our current funding cycle. We anticipate the invitations going out in mid-January, 2015. MPF members are encouraged to let the office know if they have specific agencies that they’d like to see added to the list.
11/10/14: The MPF Annual Report is available. Anyone wishing a copy may contact the office to receive one via hard copy or electronically.
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