Martin Family Foundation Grant

Martin Family Foundation

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Next deadline: Jul 10, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Aug 24, 2020 (Full proposal), Dec 20, 2020 (Letter of inquiry), Jan 31, 2021 (Full proposal)

Grant amount: Up to US $295,000

Fields of work: Poverty Alleviation & Services Reproductive Rights Catholicism

Applicant type: Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Preferred: Denver County, Colorado, Yellowstone County, Montana, Natrona County, Wyoming Other eligible locations: Colorado, Montana, Wyoming

Location of residency: United States

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The Foundation at a Glance

In 2001, John and Mari Ann Martin established the Martin Family Foundation in an effort to give back to the communities in which they and their family live. A private foundation dedicated to the teachings and love of Jesus Christ, the foundation supports 501c(3) organizations whose efforts focus on faith-based education, services to the poor and at-risk, preservation of the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death and promotion of the Catholic faith.


The Martin Family Foundation is dedicated to the teachings and love of Jesus Christ and provides support to organizations that focus on:

Faith-Based Education. The Foundation believes that education provides a passport out of poverty. We seek programs that educate children and young adults that would otherwise not have an education. We invest in programs that teach learning fundamentals, life skills, and support the long-term, well-being of our society, especially those programs grounded in the Catholic faith.

Services to the Poor and At-Risk. The Foundation believes that all human beings deserve to reach their full potential. We favor programs that minimize human suffering and improve the living conditions of those who are in transition or crisis. Priorities of the Foundation are programs that address the prevention of the social and economic issues related to human suffering and address basic human, social and physical services.

The Promotion of the Sanctity of Human Life. The Foundation believes in promoting the Sanctity of Human Life at its beginning and end. Life is a gift from God, a gift that should be protected from inception to death. We invest in programs and efforts that hold our same respect for human life.

Evangelization and Discipleship. The Foundation believes in the power of faith and Christianity. We support programs that foster Christian values of hope, love, forgiveness, life, honesty and charity. We invest in programs that model these values to children and adults through education, worship & community involvement.

We intend to concentrate our resources in Colorado, Montana, and/or Wyoming.

The Martin Family Foundation board has a strong preference for funding projects but sometimes will assist an organization with operating expenses.

Who We Support

Our foundation supports the following programs:

Support our mission

The Foundation is interested in organizations and programs that fit within our mission to build family values and create assets for communities. We believe that assets are not just buildings but the people residing within the community. Our goal is to support programs that help people achieve their highest potential to become contributing citizens within their communities. 

Support our current funding priorities

Our current funding priorities include Faith-Based Education, The Sanctity of Human Life, Evangelization and Discipleship and Service to the Poor and At-Risk. Programs that address two or more of these funding priorities are looked upon more highly than those that fit only one of these parameters.

Encourage and promote the Christian faith

Although the Foundation will support organizations that do not have a Christian component, our primary desire is to support programs that directly or indirectly encourage the Christian faith and leading a Christian life. 

Help to break the cycle of poverty

The Foundation believes that education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty. We support programs that educate poverty stricken adults and children so that they will have opportunities to move out of poverty rather than stay in the same cycle. 

Plant seeds of change within an organization or community

Our desire is to provide seed funding to help organizations establish sound programs that support our mission. Once the programs are established and viable it is the Foundation’s desire to move on and encourage the financial independence of the grantee.

Demonstrate significant volunteer and/or financial support from their communities

The Foundation is most interested in programs and organizations that are highly respected within their communities and can demonstrate volunteer and financial support from the community.

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  • A charitable, nonprofit entity, not a private foundation, with tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code, and under Section 170 (c).
  • The program impacts in Colorado, Wyoming and/or Montana.
  • The program fits within one or more of the Foundation’s current funding priorities:
    • Faith-Based Education
    • Service to the Poor and At-Risk
    • The Promotion of the Sanctity of Human Life
    • Evangelization and Discipleship


  • Programs within the communities where our Board members live will be given highest priority.
    • These communities include Denver, Casper & Billings.
  • We encourage and promote the Christian faith.
    • Although the Foundation will support organizations that do not have a Christian component, our primary desire is to support programs that directly or indirectly encourage the Christian faith and leading a Christian life.


  • Any request for funding for these purposes will be denied.
    • Grants to individuals for any purpose .
    • Grants for political purposes.
    • Grants for the “arts & culture.”
    • Grants for endowment funds or debt reduction funds .
    • Grants for lobbying activities .
    • Grants for purposes outside of the Foundation’s funding priorities.