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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits to
Improve Access to Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

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Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF)

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Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations to provide therapeutic bodywork and massage to marginalized groups. Funding is also intended to provide massage services in places where it is not yet available. By providing massage services and therapy, grant recipients will help underserved communities achieve their health potential.

This program is designed to promote working partnerships between the massage therapy profession and community-based organizations. 

Eligible expense items include: salaries/wages for those involved in the community service project, including partial allowances for a Principal Therapist and co-therapists to cover some release time from other activities necessary for the pursuance of the project; marketing, relevant supplies, e.g., massage oil and case history forms; travel necessary for the community service project and grant writing costs and/or administration expenses. Please note that although wages are eligible for funding, the Foundation looks favorably on total or partial volunteerism as it reflects a good use of resources and supports the Foundation’s value of philanthropy through community service.

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178262

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000

Term of Contract:

Grants will be awarded for a 12-month period. Funds must be used in the specific time period for which they have been awarded.

Funding needed to support the continuation or completion of the project beyond either the designated completion date or the budgeted amount of the original grant must be requested in a new application.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Community Service Grants are available to organizations or affiliates of organizations which:
- Have been in existence for at least one year in the respective State or Province
- Are tax-exempt under schedule 501(c)(3) in the U.S., or a non-profit charitable organization in other countries
- Currently provide some therapeutic or other service programs to the community (the Community Service Grant must be used to provide therapeutic massage and bodywork in conjunction with these programs)
- Have designated a qualified staff member (herein known as the Project Leader) and a qualified practitioner (herein known as the Massage Therapy Coordinator) to oversee this program

Projects should not duplicate services already provided by applicant organization, and should demonstrate sustainability after the grant award period has ended. Practitioners must provide proof of professional liability insurance coverage. Certificates of insurance should be included in Appendix XYZ

Community Service Grants are not awarded to individuals. Community Service Grants will not be awarded to organizations which employ or otherwise have an ownership or contractual relationship with officers or trustees of the Massage Therapy Foundation, members of the Community Service Proposal Review Committee (“Review Committee”), or any spouses, domestic partners, children, descendants, spouses of descendants or any other individuals related to any officers or trustees of the Massage Therapy Foundation or to members of the Review Committee.

Items ineligible for Community Service Grant Funds include: capital construction of facilities and equipment, staff child care; entertainment. Although indirect costs request for funding are discouraged, the Community Service Grant Review Committee may consider some of the following up to $500: purchase of standard equipment such as computer, massage tables; costs incurred prior to the awarding of the Grant and contingency allowances.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by the deadline of April 1, 2020.

Decisions will be made no later than 120 days from the application deadline.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply:

Please direct all inquiries to:

Christine Daskais, Foundation Coordinator

Gini Ohlson, Executive Director

Massage Therapy Foundation
500 Davis Street, Suite 950
Evanston, Illinois 60201-4668

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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