What does it mean for a grant to…

be faith-based?

Faith-based implies the affiliation with and support of a religion or religious group, specifically in this case, Judeo-Christianity.  To be faith-based is to uphold the values of Christianity and infuse them into the mission, vision, and operations of an organization.

improve mental health?

For a grant to be considered a support to the improvement of mental health (including emotional, psychological, and social well-being), it should be aimed at funding research, care, or treatment for mental health and those who may be struggling.

be innovative?

An innovative grant is one that is geared towards exploring new, original, and creative approaches and methods towards solving a problem.

be measurable?

A measurable grant relates to results that can be quantified. This means that it is possible to observe marked changes or improvements – either qualitative or quantitative – in direct correlation to a specific action over a course of time.  These could include changes in scores on an outcome measure, rate of participation, etc.

be sustainable?

For a grant to be considered sustainable, it must concern an ongoing mission, goal, or party versus a single event. Additionally, it should include a plan for financial/funding sustainability.

501(c)3 sponsored?

A 501(c)3 is a nonprofit organization that the IRS recognizes as exempt from taxes due to its charitable work. Thus, a grant that has been sponsored by a 501(c)3 is supported by a registered charitable nonprofit.

to primarily serve southeast PA communities?

Grants that primarily serve southeast PA communities benefit the mental wellbeing of the residents of those who dwell in that region.  This can be through research, collaboration, care, or treatment, primarily that which is outcome-based. (Southeast PA Communities include Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, and York counties.)

not duplicate existing services?

Grants that meet the criteria set by LMC Legacy Foundation should fund services that are original. The generation of fresh ideas and approaches keeps research, care, and treatment innovative. The originality of services is key when seeking to apply for a grant with LMC Legacy Foundation.

Additional FAQs

Does the organization in its mission need to be faith-based or specifically the project?

The organization does not need to be faith-based in its mission, but the project must have a Judeo-Christian component that addresses the spiritual well-being of the individual(s) receiving services. To learn more about the LMC Legacy Foundation’s mission click HERE. If you are interested in learning more about LMC Anabaptist Fellowship of Churches which sponsors the LMC Legacy Foundation, HERE is a good place to start.

Can I meet with someone in person to discuss the grant process or if my project would be eligible?

Legacy Foundation Board and staff members are not available to meet in person.  Specific questions can be asked by email and will receive a response.

What is the grant process?

There are 5 steps to the grant process and 2 grant cycles per year.  The specific steps and the corresponding dates for each step in the cycle can be found HERE