MGM RESORTS FOUNDATION

The MGM Resorts Foundation is proud to announce that it is seeking proposals from nonprofit agencies providing direct services to people living in the communities where our employees live and work for the 2014-2015 Community Grant Fund program.

The Foundation was created to engage our employees in addressing the needs of our community. All of the funds allocated through the Foundation come from employee contributions and their desire to make a difference in the communities where they live and work. To date, our generous employees have contributed more than $54 million to nonprofit agencies and community initiatives that improve the lives of their coworkers and thousands of people in our community.

Foundation grant allocations are 100% employee-driven. The Foundation empowers our employees to choose to make direct contributions to the agency of their choice, or to contribute to the Community Grant Funds, which provides grants to nonprofits through an annual Request for Proposal (RFP) process. Our Community Grant Council (CGC), consists of employee representatives from each property, reviews grant proposals and determines how the Community Grant Funds will be allocated.

MGM Resorts Foundation grants are for a one-year period and do not automatically renew.


Focus Areas

Agencies must request funding for projects/programs that provide services in the following focus areas:

STRENGTHENING NEIGHBORHOODS

  • Self-sufficiency: Projects/programs that provide affordable housing, utility assistance, vocational training, job preparation, education and employment services.
  • Revitalization of communities: Projects/programs that address specific high-risk neighborhoods and provide services to increase healthy lifestyles, safety, and collaboration among residents.

STRENGTHENING CHILDREN

  • Early childhood development: Projects/programs that encourage positive parenting, promote healthy lifestyles and provide young children with socialization skills and the preparation necessary to enter school ready to learn.
  • Success in school: Services that encourage students to graduate and aspire for higher learning such as mentoring, after-school programs, and tutoring.
  • Prevention / intervention: Projects/programs which empower children to make positive choices.

STRENGTH IN DIFFICULT TIMES

  • Recovery and counseling services: Projects/programs that place an emphasis on families, children, parents and individuals touched by addictive behaviors, mental health problems, abuse or special life circumstances.

Foundation Grants have the following funding limits:

  • Continued or expanded project/program (Your organization is currently providing these services): A per year maximum grant of $65,000 in Southern Nevada; $10,000 in Northern Nevada, Mississippi and the Detroit, Michigan area.
  • New project/program (Your organization is not currently providing these services): A per year maximum grant of $35,000 in Southern Nevada; $5,000 in Northern Nevada, Mississippi and the Detroit, Michigan area.

If are applying for more than one project/program: A separate application must be submitted for each program. Programs may not be combined on one Request for Proposal. A per year accumulative total of $75,000 in Southern Nevada; $25,000 in Biloxi, Mississippi area and the Detroit, Michigan area; and $15,000 in Northern Nevada and the Tunica, Mississippi area.


Eligibility

To receive a grant from the Foundation, your agency must meet the following requirements:

  • Operate as an IRS 501(c)(3) organization and have been doing so for a minimum of 36 months
  • Provide service within the regions MGM Resorts employees live, work and care for their families (Nevada, Mississippi & the greater Detroit, Michigan area)
  • Your organization’s administrative costs must be 25% or under
  • Provide a human service
  • Meet the MGM Resorts diversity policy: Open to all people, without regard to race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or national origin

In an effort to save time and add clarity to this process, we have listed specific areas and projects/programs The MGM Resorts Foundation will not fund:

  • Projects/programs that are exclusively for medical research
  • Public schools or privately funded / tuition-based schools
  • Governmental entities
  • Religious organizations that do not have 501c3 status
  • Pass through agencies (organizations whose staff does not provide direct client services but who allocate funding to subsequent organizations to provide projects/programs and services).
  • Sponsorship of special events and/or fundraising activities
  • Capital campaigns or endowment funds
  • Political issues, such as, election campaigns, issue endorsements, bill drafts or legislation reform
  • Organizations that require clients to embrace specific beliefs or traditions
  • Projects/programs that are exclusively recreational or athletic sponsorships
  • Membership-based organizations without a sliding fee scale and scholarship system already in place

If your agency’s grant request does not meet these criteria, it will not be eligible to receive Community Grant Funds.

CLICK HERE to download the 2014-2015 Mandatory Mid-Year Report.

Please email the completed form to foundation@mgmresorts.com or mail it to:
MGM Resorts Foundation
840 Grier Drive
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119.

All reports must be returned by January 9, 2015.

The MGM Foundation 2014 grant application cycle has ended.
The grant cycle will start again in March 2015.

If you have any questions about the 2015 Grant Process or The MGM Resorts Foundation, please call 702.692.9643 or email foundation@mgmresorts.com.