Letters of Inquiry (LOI) are required from all organizations seeking funding from the MCM Fund. In addition, an MCM Fund Board Sponsor must be indicated in order to move forward in the selection process. The LOI’s will be accepted and reviewed approximately two times each year. Organizations which best match our grant making priorities and funding criteria will be invited to submit a full application upon receipt and favorable review of the LOI.

To submit a Letter of Inquiry, please select the following link: MCM FUND ONLINE GRANTMAKING SYSTEM


SPRING GRANT CYCLE - opens Jan 15th
  Submission Deadline Organization Notified By
Letters of Inquiry February 15th March 15th
Full Grant Applications April 15th May 31st
FALL GRANT CYCLE - opens July 15th
  Submission Deadline Organization Notified By
Letters of Inquiry August 15th September 15th
Full Grant Applications October 15th November 30th

*** Please Note: All notifications come via email


To relieve the misfortune and promote the well being of mankind.


Grants are made in the following five functional areas:

  1. Cultural Arts
  2. Education
  3. Human Services
  4. Medical
  5. Public Benefit

Grants are made to organizations having the following attributes:

  1. Mission compatibility
  2. Effective management
  3. Sound financial practices
  4. Board-led fundraising
  5. Sustainability


Sustainability of programs and services through increased fundraising capacity.

The Deschutes Land Trust has been quite fortunate to have worked with the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund several times over the years and has always been impressed with the Fund's commitment to strengthening the community and leveraging resources. The Fund has long challenged it's non-profits partners to build both the capacity to serve the community, as well as the capacity to engage in grassroots fundraising within the community.

In the case of the Deschutes Land Trust, this has meant protecting and stewarding important fish and wildlife habitat that can often serve as outdoor classrooms for local students and residents, connecting new generations of Oregonians to the land, while strengthening our community's sense of place. In short, the Fund has made it possible for the Land Trust to both protect special places, as well as building a stronger, more engaged community.

Early on, the Fund challenged the Land Trust's Board to broaden our community donor base, by building our Board's confidence in raising the resources to tackle our community-based work. With the Fund's continued support, the Deschutes Land Trust has become not only a stronger, more mature community institution, but one with a growing capacity to serve our community. As a result, salmon and steelhead will have a home to return to, local students and residents will study and steward the land, and our community takes pride in creating a new model for collaborative, community-based conservation. We're truly grateful to the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund for their vision and commitment to the future.

-Brad Chalfant, Executive Director Deschutes Land Trust