Civil Society - United States

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Grant amount: US $4,000 - US $1,000,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity College / University Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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Note: While we’re open to new ideas and projects, funding for unsolicited requests is very limited.

Civil Society - United States

We aim to help the nonprofit and philanthropic sector meet the needs of individuals and communities.

When nonprofits are strong, the people they serve reap the benefits.

How it Works

We work to strengthen the charitable sector and place-based philanthropy to serve the needs of people and communities.

Our Civil Society program in the United States focuses on creating a strong charitable sector that effectively addresses community and social needs and supports community philanthropy. To achieve this, we ensure that nonprofits have the information and public policy support they need to respond to challenges and foster good governance across the sector. A strong nonprofit infrastructure benefits all charitable groups and the people they serve.

The Mott Foundation has a long and proud legacy of supporting the development of community-based philanthropy. Our grantmaking in this area has evolved over more than three decades of lifting up community foundations as local leaders of positive change. This legacy reflects the Foundation’s core belief that strong, vibrant communities are the building blocks of prosperous and free societies.

This grantmaking is organized under two objectives:

Nonprofit Sector Responsiveness

We work to foster a robust infrastructure that helps organizations and individuals engage in charitable giving.

We make grants to:

  • organizations working at the national level or in Michigan to support a favorable legal and fiscal framework for philanthropy and the nonprofit sector; and
  • leading nonprofit research and data organizations whose work informs policymaking for the sector.

Community Philanthropy

We seek to expand local philanthropy in ways that support and promote community vitality and resiliency.

We make grants to:

  • organizations that advocate and advance citizen participation and community leadership practices.

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  • No grants or loans to individuals.
  • No grants (except in the Flint area) for capital development, research, project replication or endowment unless these activities grow out of work already being funded by Mott.
  • No grants for religious activities or programs serving specific religious groups or denominations. However, faith-based organizations may submit inquiries if the project falls within our guidelines and serves a broad segment of the population.
  • No grants (except in the Flint area) for local projects unless they are part of a Mott-planned national demonstration or network of grants.
  • No grants for projects that duplicate, or significantly overlap, the work of federal, state or local governmental agencies.
  • Film and video projects, books, scholarships and fellowships rarely are funded.

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