Grant Request Autumn Deadline
By Gregory Gunter
The San Miguel Community Foundation (SMCF) proves a lifeline for many San Miguel de Allende-based nonprofit organizations. SMCF not only provides other nonprofits the ability to process 501(c)3 status tax-deductions, but it also distributes grants to qualified nonprofit organizations twice a year, in spring and autumn.
Their autumn grant deadline is Wednesday, October 1!
In the past six years, SMCF has disbursed over US$584,000 to the San Miguel de Allende community from its own treasury. Recipients include many of the nonprofits you may be familiar with, like Mujeres en Cambio—whose primary goal is to provide scholarships to young women in rural communities—and Casita Linda—which constructs pretty new homes for qualified local families in need.
But other SMCF grant recipients are those one-man operations unable to host fundraisers or produce publicity, like Ezequiel Mojica’s Apoyo a Gente Emprendedora, a micro-lending nonprofit helping women in the campo establish their own businesses to become self-sufficient. When Ezequiel, who never owned a car until very recently, first began operations, he stood on the bumper of the Coca-Cola delivery truck in order to reach women in the country who needed loans of as small as only 2,000 pesos (about US$150) to start business.
The board of SMCF—run by President Donna Foudray—encourages all nonprofits to submit their grant requests by the October 1 deadline to be considered for the November grant distribution. Keep in mind, however, one new revision for 2014, important for all grant submittals: all grant requests must be requested in pesos now.
Note that SMCF does not award grants for operating expenses. They must be designated for a specific project, and they do not provide grants for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) with 501(c)3 status, nor to government agencies. Any Mexican-based nonprofit may submit a grant request. Grant proposals must be written in English (although the SCMF board boasts an even mix of Americans and Mexican nationals), and should be no more than two single-spaced typed pages. Eight copies of the grant request must be submitted, along with a copy of the Grant Guideline Questionnaire, which may be obtained from the organization’s website at SanMiguelCommunityFoundation.org.
And if you’d like to provide funds to be disbursed to grant recipients, SMCF accepts donations that may be either a general donation, specified for a type of cause—like children’s education or women’s self-empowerment—or allocated to a specific organization. Your tax-deductible donation in the next few weeks will ensure more grants are disbursed.
For questions, call the local SMCF office. Araceli answers the phone and is fully bilingual. 152 7447 or 152 5327, or visit the website noted above. You can make a difference!