Information for Grant Applicants

The Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation is pleased to share its philosophy and proposal requirements with eligible organizations and institutions that seek funding to address community needs. Please review the materials available on this website before preparing your grant proposal.

Download our recent grants list.
Download the proposal outline.
Download the report form.

The Foundation requests 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 within one month of each deadline.

Geographic Focus

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.

Current Focus

The board of directors has identified the following focus:

The Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation, in collaboration with Marshalltown leaders and organizations, will focus its resources to attract, develop, and retain people who will help build and sustain an innovative, civic-minded, healthy and caring community.

Support for areas of need that do not readily fall into this specific focus may also be considered.

Fields of Interest

The Foundation allocates its grant-making dollars in the following four general areas:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Education
  • Human Services
  • Community Betterment

Types of Support

The Foundation considers support for:

  • Program needs, including provision of direct services
  • Startup or expansion of organizations and programs
  • Construction and renovation projects
  • Support of specific programs
  • Equipment and materials

Support for additional types of needs will also be considered unless indicated otherwise.

Limitations

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 without IRS determined status as 501(c)(3), except for units of government (i.e. schools, city and county governments)
  • Organizations that discriminate directly or indirectly against individuals or groups based on religious beliefs, race, gender, ethnic or national origin, or sexual orientation.

The Foundation awards two types of grants:

  • Outright grants
  • Challenge grants, requiring that matching funds be raised

Apply for a Grant

Step 1: Read this Web site and become familiar with the Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation mission statement and objectives.

Step 2: Download the proposal outline and follow the directions to prepare your grant.

Step 3: Contact Executive Director Karn Gregoire at (641) 752-8340 to discuss your proposal before submittal.

Step 4: Submit your proposal by mail to:
Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation
16 E. Main, Suite 260
Marshalltown, Iowa 50158

“My goal for the Foundation is that it will help Marshalltown after I'm gone.”
- Martha-Ellen Tye, 1984

Download S.T.E.P. program information.

Recent S.T.E.P. (Students Teaching & Empowering Philanthropy) members present a grant to the Marshalltown Conservation Center. The S.T.E.P. program is made possible throguh support from the Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation of Marshall County.
Recent S.T.E.P. (Students Teaching & Empowering Philanthropy) members present a grant to the Marshalltown Conservation Center. The S.T.E.P. program is made possible throguh support from the Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation of Marshall County.
16 East Main Street, Suite 260 • Marshalltown, Iowa 50158 • (641) 752-8340