Ask any nonprofit leader three things they need help with and they’ll likely list: 1) raising money to support the organization, 2) recruiting volunteers to power the programs; and 3) increasing awareness and visibility in the community. Over the last seven years of writing this weekly column, we’ve covered a lot of ground and different concepts and ideas for helping in each of these three areas. This week, let’s talk about raising money and make it easy by highlighting how your nonprofit can apply for one of the Monogram Loves Kids Foundation 2017 grants.
Headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, Monogram Foods is a leading manufacturer, distributor, and marketer of products like beef jerky, sausage, hot dogs, pre-cooked bacon, and other processed food items. Their brands include Circle B, King Cotton, and Trail's Best Meat Snacks; and they have eight processing plants in seven states and over 2,700 employees throughout the country. One of Monogram’s core values is giving back to the communities in which it does business, so in 2010 the company created the Monogram Loves Kids Foundation to support organizations that focus on vital community needs and issues centered on children and their families. Last year alone, the Foundation awarded $250,000 in grants across its locations. Some of last year’s local beneficiaries included Memphis Child Advocacy Center, Madonna Learning Center, Books from Birth, and Agape Child & Family Services.
The Monogram Loves Kids Foundation is now inviting nonprofits to apply for 2017 grants. They’ll be awarding the grants to nonprofits with programs benefiting children and families in the eight regional areas in which Monogram does business, including Memphis, TN; Martinsville, VA; Chandler, MN; Bristol, IN; Schulenburg, TX; Harlan, IA; Plover, WI and Boston, MA. The grants available per charity range from $500 to $10,000. The request is that the money granted be spent on the intended purpose within a year from the date awarded.
To apply for one of the grants, visit monogramfoods.com/values/mlkf/ and download and complete the Grant Application Cover Sheet and Application Narrative. Mail your completed application in and make sure it’s in their hands before the deadline of Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 5PM CST. No emailed, faxed, or late applications will be accepted. Nonprofits will be notified of their award status by Friday, August 4, 2017; and checks will be mailed to each grant recipient on November 1, 2017. I know it’ll take work to complete the application, but it doesn’t get much easier than this to potentially raise money to support your organization, so give it a shot.