A person who establishes a Master Trust or a Pooled Medicaid Payback Trust has the option to leave a percentage of the trust assets remaining at the Beneficiary’s death to Community Fund Management Foundation.  CFMF uses those funds to approve applications for grants submitted by individuals or fellow nonprofits.

To qualify for an individual grant, the applicant, or his or her guardian or CFMF designated advocate, must demonstrate that the applicant is aged, blind, or disabled as defined by 42 U.S.C. 1382c(a).  CFMF offers two types of grants for individuals.

 

Hardship/Emergent Needs Grant for Individuals

This grant is for individuals who seek relief from a hardship or assistance with an emergent need.

  • An individual, or his/her court-appointed guardian or CFMF designated advocate on behalf of the individual, may submit an application for this grant.
  • The individual applicant, or his or her guardian or designated advocate, must demonstrate that the individual is aged, blind, or disabled as defined by 42 U.S.C. 1382c(a).
  • The applicant must demonstrate the need for financial support to purchase an item or service and have no alternative resource to pay for it.
  • While an individual may submit multiple applications for multiple grants, a lifetime maximum of $1,500 per individual applicant will be imposed.

 

Educational Assistance Grant for Individual / Family Member

This grant is for individuals who wish to apply for the cost of tuition and/or travel expenses to attend an educational program, including but not limited to, a seminar, school, or continuing education program.

  • An individual, or his/her guardian or designated advocate on behalf of the individual, may submit an application for this grant.
  • The person attending the educational program must be:
    • Aged, blind, or disabled as defined by 42 U.S.C. 1382c(a);
    • The parent, immediate family member, or court-appointed guardian of person or estate of an individual who is aged, blind, or disabled as defined by 42 U.S.C. 1382c(a); or
    • The designated advocate for a Beneficiary of a CFMF trust.
  • While an individual may submit multiple applications for multiple grants, a lifetime maximum of $1,500 per individual applicant will be imposed.

 

Grant for Nonprofit Organizations

This grant is for organizations that provide direct services or improve access to services for people with disabilities.  To qualify, the recipient entity must be tax exempt pursuant to 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3) and demonstrate that it has a policy confirming it will not unlawfully discriminate in its employment practices, volunteer opportunities, or the delivery of programs or services, on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin, age, medical condition, disability, veteran status, marital status, or sexual orientation.

  • The application must be submitted by an officer of the organization.
  • The reason for the grant may include, but is not limited to, expansion of services, training, purchase of equipment such as a wheelchair accessible van for transporting clients, remodeling of the organization’s office to allow for greater accessibility, or software that will enable the organization to provide more efficient services.  A grant will not be awarded for expenses that may be categorized as typical operating expenses or overhead, including but not limited to, payment of rent, property taxes, or employees’ salaries.
  • While a qualifying organization may submit multiple applications, the combined value of all grant(s) awarded to the same organization shall not exceed $20,000.

 

HOW TO APPLY FOR A GRANT

Download the application form or contact the CFMF Administrative Office at 216/736-4540 to request a copy by mail or email.

Completed applications should be sent to CFMF’s Administrative office via regular mail or fax:

Community Fund Management Foundation
Attn: Planning Committee
14955 W. Sprague Road
Suite 290
Strongsville, OH  44136

Phone: 216/ 736-4540
Fax: 216/ 867-9783

All applicants will receive a confirmation letter when the application is received by CFMF.  Incomplete applications will be returned if the sender’s information can be identified.

Applications may be sent to CFMF at any time.  CFMF shall review each submitted Application on at least a quarterly basis; specifically, March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31.  Each grant request is reviewed to verify it meets the requirements.  All applicants shall be notified of the approval or denial of its application within thirty (30) days from the end of the quarter in which it was received by CFMF.