4 Friends Grant Fund

4 Friends Grant Fund

A Permanent Endowment for MCA Member Artists


About Four Friends Grant Fund

This fund was established for member artists by MCA in October of 2015 as a permanent endowment, designed to generate income to support small grant requests.


The inspiration for this fund is the legacy of leadership created by four important community leaders. Through care and concern, words and deeds, over many years and across many institutions, Jim Copeland, Mack Dunwoody, E. L. Foster, and another friend (who wished to remain anonymous) have impacted the lives of nearly every citizen residing in Ocala and Marion County.


Each of these Four Friends leaves a leadership legacy of his own, that when combined serve as an enormously inspirational example of those who may choose to follow in their footsteps of improving the quality of everyday life in our community.


As close friends over the years, they inspired one another. E. L. Jim, and Mack were known as, “the Three Musketeers” because they had a reputation for coming to the rescue of good causes. The fourth anonymous friend continues to inspire us and continues to support the arts. One of those causes grew to become MCA.


These men were and are leaders of their generation. Their support to improve education, city life, health, has encouraged growth in our community. Their open-minded support of new ideas and initiatives sets this group apart.

Four Friends Grants Have Funded ($500 per grant)


      • Distinguished Concerts International New York Choir at Carnegie Hall — Support for Two Ambleside High/Grace School of the Arts to participate
            Submitted by Meagan Miles, Ambleside School/Grace School for the Arts


      • Taz 6 Professional Quality 3-D Printer
            Submitted by artist Drake Arnold


      • Stanka Kornic Oil Painting Workshop “Intuition and Design to Create What’s Next”
            Submitted by artist Maggie Weakley


      • Professional Quality Camera Lens
            Submitted by photographer Carlos Ramos


Requests may be submitted for up to $500 and may be submitted online at any time.

Grant Application Process

In honor of the Leadership Legacy of Jim Copeland, Mack Dunwoody, E.L. Foster and an Anonymous Friend


Make a donation in honor someone who was always there for you,
just like the four friends were there for us and our community.

Make a Donation to the 4 Friends Grant Fund