Application Process

A full proposal is neither necessary nor recommended as a first step.  Please begin your application process with a brief inquiry that introduces your organization and/or program and states its purposes.  We accept inquiries and proposals by regular mail, but email is the preferred method. You may send your inquiry to info@medavenport.org, or to our office at: 


M.E. DAVENPORT FOUNDATION
433 E. FULTON STREET 
STEWART WHITE HALL
GRAND RAPIDS, MI.  49503

 
Inquiries receive an initial screening for compatibility with the foundation’s mission and purposes.  Please refer to our Grant Guidance page to see if your request meets basic programming criteria.  If the inquiry is determined not to fall within grant guidelines, notification will be sent.  Qualifying candidates will be asked to provide further information in the form of a fully developed proposal (scroll down to link to our proposal guidelines).   

TIMETABLE.   So that we may give proper attention to each request, we "batch" proposals into review cycles at 4-5 month intervals.  This sequence allows time for in-depth review, including requests for follow-up information.  When submitting, please expect an average of 4 months from initial inquiry to notification of a decision.  Please note that this is a midpoint that can vary either way subject to the size of the request and program.  

AMOUNTS.  We will consider requests in a flexible range, from a few thousand dollars to up to $250,000.  Larger grants are typically distributed in multi-year commitments of 2-5 years.  (Please consult our annual donation history for average support levels.)  MEDF grantmaking policy emphasizes a broad and varied donor base as part of any project's funding structure.  We prefer to be represented at a support level proportional to other comparable donors. 

 

Click on the link below to view/print our proposal content outline.                                                                                                      

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