Frequently Asked Questions

Scroll down to see the answers to our most frequently asked questions.

What is the mission of the Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation?

How may we apply for a grant?

What are your application deadlines?

What are your grant restrictions?

What is the average dollar amount for a grant?

How long does it take to review a proposal?

If I have submitted a request and been declined, can I resubmit?

Could I set up an appointment to discuss my project idea?

Do you have geographic restrictions?

What is S.T.E.P., the youth philanthropy program?

 

What is the mission of the Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation?
The mission of the Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation is to perpetuate the generosity and giving philosophy of Martha-Ellen Tye by providing support for and working with programs, projects, and organizations that are striving to make a better life for the people of Marshalltown, Iowa, and San Antonio, Texas, and their surrounding areas.

The Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation particularly seeks to address the educational, artistic, cultural, youth, and human service needs of communities in these geographic areas, and prefers to support initiatives that enable recipient organizations to build their own capacities to produce significant, measurable change.

How may we apply for a grant?
Please follow the proposal outline in preparing your grant request. Download the outline here.

What are your application deadlines?
We review grant proposals four times during the year. Postmark deadlines are: March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 1. When those dates fall on a Saturday or Sunday, deadlines are moved to the following Monday. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions within one month of each deadline.

What are your grant restrictions?
The Foundation does not consider support for:

  • Ongoing operating needs unless they are an essential part of a specific new or expanded program proposed for funding.
  • Annual campaigns
  • Requests for less than $1,000
  • Individuals
  • Faith-based programming or purposes
  • Organizations that discriminate directly or indirectly against individuals or groups based on religious beliefs, race, gender, ethnic or national origin, or sexual orientation
  • Organizations without IRS determined status as 501(c) (3), except for units of government (i.e. schools, colleges, city and county governments)

What is the average dollar amount for a grant?
Grant awards differ significantly. Many are in the $5,000 to $10,000 range. Multi-year grants, which are normally awarded for capital projects, range in size from $50,000 to $250,000.

How long does it take to review a proposal?
Applicants will be notified of funding decisions within one month of each deadline.

If I have submitted a request and been declined, can I resubmit?
The best answer to this question will come from a phone conversation with Executive Director Karn Gregoire at the Foundation office. You may reach her at (641) 752-8340.

Could I set up an appointment to discuss my project idea?
The Foundation encourages applicants to contact Executive Director Karn Gregoire at (641) 752-8340 to discuss proposals before submitting them. This is the best way to make sure that proposals are complete and ready for review.

Do you have geographic restrictions?
The major geographic focus for grant-making is Marshalltown, Iowa and surrounding Marshall County. In the past, a small portion of available funds have also granted annually in San Antonio, Texas. Proposals from outside Marshalltown and surrounding Marshall County will not be considered for funding.

What is S.T.E.P., the youth philanthropy program?
Founded in 2010, S.T.E.P. (Students Teaching & Empowering Philanthropy) is a program at Marshalltown High School run by youth for the purpose of nurturing philanthropy in youth, developing leaders and allowing youth to identify new community opportunities or expand on existing ones.

This year-long program, sponsored by the Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation and Community Foundation of Marshall County, empowers and challenges high school students to address, identify and seek solutions to community needs. This program culminates with the students awarding $10,000, ($5,000 from the Youth Philanthropy Fund of the Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation and $5,000 from the Community Foundation of Marshall County) to non-profit agencies in Marshall County. 2015 S.T.E.P. applications are now available. Applications are due February 2nd.

“I love Marshalltown. I was born here and it will always be home to me.”
- Martha-Ellen Tye, 1984

Opening night at the Orpheum. Funding received from the Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation.
Opening night at the Orpheum. Funding received from the Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation.
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