Martin County Area Foundation
About the Foundation
The Martin County Area Foundation is a permanent community endowment founded in 1993 by a group of visionary community residents. A matching grant from the Mickelson Foundation helped to establish the Foundation. The Martin County Area Foundation is governed by a volunteer board responsible for growing the endowment and selecting grant recipients. Per its mission, the Foundation focuses its giving in five general areas: arts and humanities, community and civic affairs, social and economic growth, environment and youth. Nonprofit organizations serving Martin County may submit grant applications starting annually on January 1 through March 31.
Thanks to gifts from foundations, businesses and families, the Foundation has grown to more than $1.65 million. In addition to cash gifts, the Foundation offers Circle of Legacy recognition to donors who include the Foundation in their estate plans.
How the Martin County Area Foundation Makes a Difference
To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $740,000 to worthy organizations and community projects in Martin County. These grants have provided much needed equipment for firefighters, law enforcement officials, emergency responders and persons with disabilities. The Foundation has helped make Fairmont a better place by funding facility improvements at a variety of important local institutions, including senior living facilities, the Historical Society, the Humane Society and the Martin County Fairgrounds.