The Communities Program makes grants ONLY through its program partners.
Nonprofit organizations operating in the metropolitan areas where our
partners are located may be eligible to apply for a Communities Program grant.
Some locations contain only one program partner (Ft. Lauderdale), while other cities
have multiple partners (Chicago and Denver). If your organization is not located
in one of these areas, it will not be eligible
for a Communities Program
Local Giving, Guidelines, and Contacts
The Foundation has created with each partner one or more funds for which dollars are raised from the
public and matched by the Foundation at 50 percent. Each fund
has separate giving guidelines which reflect the priorities of the Foundation and
the local partner, and local community needs.
Contacting Program Partners
- Make sure your nonprofit organization is in an area which the Communities
- Check guidelines for the fund(s) located there to see if your organization's
programs fit within any of the stated guidelines.
Click here for partner list grant guidelines.
- If your organization meets the guidelines, contact the local fund representative
whose fund guidelines most closely match those of your organization.
Please note that local fund representatives differ in how they wish to be contacted.
ask that nonprofit organizations first complete a Communities Program
application form. Others prefer a short letter of inquiry or a preliminary
telephone call. Please refer to the individual guidelines
for each fund to learn
how to best contact the program partners in your area.
If, after your initial contact, the fund representatives would like to consider your funding request,
you’ll receive an application form. All nonprofit organizations seeking Communities Program funding
must complete an application form. Applications then go through a two-step review process first
through the local fund representative and then through the staff and board of the foundation.
The McCormick Foundation Board of Directors retains final authority to review and approve or decline
all Communities Program grants.