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Mercantile Giving Together Facebook Program

Mercantile Bank´s Giving Together Facebook program is way for us to give back to the communities we serve. We will be giving away $5,000 to one NonProfit organization each quarter in 2014. To be considered for the program, NonProfit organizations must complete a Grant Application. Ten organizations will be selected by Mercantile Bank from the submissions each quarter to compete for the public vote at www.MercantileGivingTogether.com. The organization that receives the most votes during the week long voting period will receive a $5,000 donation. Click here for full program rules.

Mercantile Bank of Michigan provides support in many key philanthropic areas including Health and Human Services, Community and Economic Development, Education, and Arts and Culture. Each quarter will have a different philanthropic concentration.

Four Philanthropic Concentrations

1st Quarter: Education

Learning is a lifelong process of developing each individual´s capabilities to their fullest potential. Education teaches us to understand, analyze and apply the tremendous amount of information that we face daily. Mercantile Bank of Michigan invests in many educational programs including adult literacy, youth development and higher education. We fund:

  • early childhood programs
  • effective mentoring programs
  • structured and safe youth activities and recreation
  • youth development programs such as: financial literacy, leadership training, character education, conflict resolution and college preparation

2nd Quarter: Community and Economic Development

At Mercantile Bank of Michigan, we believe strengthening our communities is the responsibility of all citizens. By developing partnerships with people and organizations, Mercantile Bank of Michigan supports a wide range of projects that support healthy neighborhoods, urban core revitalization and economic development in order to strengthen the communities we serve. We support organizations that support the preservation, rehabilitation and construction of quality, affordable housing that assists low- and moderate-income populations and programs that provide home buyer counseling and related economic education to individuals and families with low and moderate incomes. In low- and moderate-income areas, we fund programs that support small business development and expansion, commercial revitalization, and job creation.

3rd Quarter: Arts and Culture

We fund organizations and programs that:

  • build audiences for the arts, especially among underserved populations
  • bring select and limited civic amenities to underserved communities
  • promote the arts in education

4th Quarter: Health and Human Services

Investments in health and human services help build a healthy and compassionate community. Access to quality health care should be within the reach of all persons, regardless of income level, ethnicity and gender. Mercantile Bank of Michigan supports many agencies and service organizations in providing funding for health care, substance abuse treatment, shelters for women and children, counseling services, and youth development programs.

Grant Application Procedure

Non profits providing services in the following counties; Kent, Ottawa, Clinton and Ingham are eligible to apply to the Giving Together Facebook Program. The application will be available starting January 2nd, 2014 at 9:00am. To submit an application, click on the button at the top of the page.

Grant Application Schedule and Deadlines

The quarterly schedule is as follows:

Education: March Voting Period
Submissions accepted between 9:00am on January 6, 2014 to 11:59pm on January 31, 2014

Community & Economic Development: June Voting Period
Submissions accepted between 9:00am on April 1, 2014 to 11:59pm on April 30, 2014

Arts & Culture: September Voting Period Submissions accepted between 9:00am on July 1, 2014 to 11:59pm on July 31, 2014

Health & Human Services: December Voting Period Submissions accepted between 9:00am on October 1, 2014 to 11:59pm on: October 31, 2014

Selection Criteria

Each Quarter, Mercantile Bank will use the following key criteria to select the ten NonProfits who will be included in the Giving Together Facebook program and to compete for the most public votes:

  • 501(c)(3) letter from the IRS (if applicable)
  • Organization´s mission statement and history
  • Geographic target area served by your organization
  • How will the $5,000 be used and does its use address a critical need in the community?
  • Reasons why Mercantile Bank should support the project or organization.