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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions
How often does the Board meet to consider Grants?

The Foundation’s board meets periodically throughout the year as needed to review grant requests.

What its the maximum amount of money a nonprofit may request?

The Foundation's annual grant budget is around one half million dollars each year. At the time of this publishing date, no one nonprofit has received this amount for one single request. Grant history is available under the documents tab.

May individuals apply for a scholarship?

No. Individuals are not considered a 501(c)(3) public charity by the IRS. Only charities classifed as a public charity 501(c)(3) organization are considered.

May churches apply for grants from the Foundation?

Only if the project is to serve the community. The Foundation does not award grants for church needs. Examples: Church playgrounds, new carpet, or staff are not considered. Reading programs for schools, food for food pantries for the community, etc. are considered.

Does the Foundation monitor the grant after it has been awarded?

Definitely! As a private foundation, grant expenditures require a grant report that substantiates proper use of funds for the intent requested by a charity. The foundation provides grants under Mrs. Mary Ellen Kent Bunyard’s will and feels that it is a privilege to honor Mrs. Bunyard’s wishes. For example, if a charity requests $6,000 to provide tutors for special needs children and it is granted, the money must be used for the tutors only.