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Mercantile Giving Together Program
Mercantile Bank´s Giving Together program is a way for us to give back to the communities we serve. Non-Profit organizations are able to apply to be considered for a chance to receive a donation decided by the public during a weeklong voting period at www.MercantileGivingTogether.com or at our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/MercBank. Donations will be awarded to the top three vote receiving organizations as follows:
- 1st Place: $5,000 Donation
- 2nd Place: $1,500 Donation
- 3rd Place: $500 Donation
To be considered for the program, Non-Profit organizations must complete a Grant Application. Up to 20 organizations will be selected by Mercantile Bank from the submissions received during the three application periods in 2016. The selected organizations will compete for the vote during the voting period. Click here for full program rules, deadlines and voting dates.
Mercantile Bank of Michigan provides support in many key philanthropic areas. The concentrations for this program are Schools and Education, Community and Economic Development, and Health and Human Services. Each campaign will have a different philanthropic concentration.
Three Philanthropic Concentrations
1st Campaign: Schools and 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 Campaign: 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 Campaign: 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
To submit an application, click on the button at the top of the page. Non-profit organizations must have a 501c3 status (schools without 501c3 status may apply during the first campaign only) and have a primary office located within Mercantile Bankís service area. See the full program rules for a list of eligible counties.
Grant Application Schedule and DeadlinesThe quarterly schedule is as follows:
Schools & Education: March Voting Period
Submissions accepted between 9:00am on January 25, 2016 to 11:59pm on February 29, 2016
Community & Economic Development: July Voting Period
Submissions accepted between 9:00am on May 23, 2016 to 11:59pm on June 27, 2016
Health & Human Services: October Voting Period Submissions accepted between 9:00am on August 22, 2016 to 11:59pm on: September 26, 2016
Mercantile Bank will use the following key criteria to select the twenty Non-Profits who will be included in the Giving Together 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 money be used and does it's use address a critical need in the community?
- Reasons why Mercantile Bank should support the project or organization.