Grantmaking Guidelines

ECMC Foundation’s mission is to inspire and to facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes—especially among underserved populations—through evidence-based innovation. As such, we support activities in four primary categories, consistent with our mission and ECMC Foundation values:

  • College readiness
  • College retention
  • Research and reform in teacher training
  • Career readiness

Grants are available to tax-exempt public charities as defined in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. ECMC Foundation is planning to consider grants for Program-Related Investments, and expects to have a policy and program in effect for this purpose by summer of 2015.

Multi-year grants will be considered. Note, however, that ECMC Foundation expects tangible outcomes from grantees, so plans for program evaluation will be part of all projects funded. A grant report for any previous award must be on file before the next grant request will be reviewed.

ECMC Foundation will typically consider grants ranging from $25,000 to $300,000, reserving the flexibility for larger grants for very special partnership opportunities. ECMC Foundation only makes grants in the United States, but otherwise does not have geographic limitations.

The ECMC Foundation Board of Directors meets five times a year to consider grant proposals. Note that the entire process—from first contact to determination of an award—could take as long as six months.

ECMC Foundation makes grants only to tax-exempt organizations with 501(c)(3) classifications from the Internal Revenue Service, with the possible exception being the Program-Related Investment opportunities. ECMC Foundation will not consider requests for endowments, capital construction, deficit financing, political or lobbying activities, or loans/grants to individuals, nor does ECMC Foundation provide scholarship or fellowship support to individuals.