Round Two of MAP’s application is invitation-only.

All applicants submit their materials in the open call period of Round One. The projects that strongly align with MAP’s funding priorities are invited to Round Two of the application process. Read more here to learn about MAP’s grantmaking process.

Applicants who are invited to Round Two must submit all requested materials by February 26, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Late proposals will not be accepted for any reason.

This companion is designed to provide clarity about creating an application for Round Two of MAP’s 2018 grant cycle.

We recommend that you keep this page open while completing your Round Two application in Submittable.


After applicants are invited to Round Two, the primary contact will receive an email from Submittable with access to an “additional form” link. Please fill out and submit the following information:

  1. *Project budget

Our template is available for download HERE.

Please include all income and expenses from project’s conception to initial completion, including costs associated with creation, development, and production. MAP staff and panelists understand that budgets evolve over time. When you submit your materials, it’s possible that the budget more closely reflects a projection or a hope than concrete actuals. To that end, please submit a version of your budget that more closely resembles the “ideal version” of your project.

The request amount should be up to 30% of the total project budget or $50,000, whichever is less. A calculation for the MAP request is included in the budget template. The grant minimum is $10,000 and the maximum is $50,000.

Panelists do not play a role in determining award amounts.

2. *Project budget narrative (250 words)

Rather than listing out itemized expense and income details (such as $2.05 for gaff tape, for example), please briefly describe the applicant’s record with any pending income sources. Some questions to consider:

  • Have you received this support previously?
  • Is it reasonable to expect this support at roughly the same level again?
  • If you use crowdsourcing, have you achieved your target goal in the past?
  • Are there any other anomalies or contingency plans you want to point out?

MAP staff and panelists understand how difficult it is to fundraise and/or to predict the likelihood of securing the resources you are seeking. There is no expectation that you “should have” acquired the pending resources in the past, or that you “should” in the future in order to receive a MAP grant. This space is only to help panelists understand a little bit more about how you are trying to realize the project. Those that have a track record of fundraising and/or access to resources are not more likely to receive a grant than those who have not.

3. *IRS Letter of Determination from the applicant organization

MAP requires proof of nonprofit status for auditing purposes.

*For those applicants with fiscal sponsors, MAP staff needs a copy of the sponsor’s Letter of Determination only. MAP staff will request this document from the fiscal sponsor representative listed in the application.

4.*Most recently completed audit or 990 from the applicant organization

MAP requires proof of nonprofit status for auditing purposes.

*For those applicants with fiscal sponsors, MAP staff needs a copy of the sponsor’s Audit / 990 only. MAP staff will request this document from the fiscal sponsor representative listed in the application.

5. *For fiscal sponsors only

More information will be available by January 2018. 


Applicants will also have an opportunity to edit Round One project descriptions in Submittable as needed.