Community Empowerment Grants

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Community Empowerment grants are designed specifically for grassroots groups that have an annual operating budget of less than $100k and designed to strengthen the community by removing barriers that may inhibit or limit a program from happening.

 

Grant Details

  • Organizations are eligible for up to a maximum of $3,000 per year (average award ranges $500-$2,000)
  • Grants are designed to support local grassroots or locally organized groups (e.g. Neighborhood Associations)
  • Awards will be funded directly to the nonprofit organization or fiduciary*
  • Collaboration with community and other nonprofit organizations is strongly encouraged
  • Grant funded programs must be available to the entire community
  • All applicants must be residents of Muskegon County

 

*A fiduciary is a nonprofit agency acting on behalf of an organized group that may be awaiting nonprofit (501c3 status). If your group is in need of assistance in identifying a fiscal sponsor/fiduciary, please contact the Community Foundation.

 

Grant Process and Timeline

 

  • Grants are reviewed and awarded each month – this is a “rolling timeline” until funds are depleted
  • The beginning of each month grants are reviewed by a staff committee
  • The second Monday of each month grants are awarded and paid to nonprofit or fiduciary
  • The start date of your program must begin AFTER the grant award is received (grants do not reimburse past expenses)
  • A follow-up form completed by the grantee will be due 30-days after the program’s completion

 

Examples of Past Projects

  • QPR Suicide Prevention Training
  • West Michigan Filipino Cultural Seminar
  • White Lake Dramatic Club Community Theater

 

Application is Open

Create a login to begin the application process. Contact Amy Moore with questions amy@muskegonfoundation.org or 231.332.4138

 

Faith Partner Literacy Grants

Faith Partner Literacy grants are designed specifically for churches* working toward advancing life-long literacy and educational equity.

 

Grant Details

  • Churches* are eligible for up to a maximum of $3,000 per year (average award ranges $500-$2,000)
  • Grants are designed to support local churches implementing literacy programs (e.g. Kindergarten enrollment awareness)
  • Awards will be funded directly to the church
  • Collaboration with community and other nonprofit organizations is strongly encouraged
  • Grant funded programs must be available to the entire community and cannot require church membership in order to participate
  • All applicants must be residents of Muskegon County

 

*The word “church” is used universally to define a house of worship and is not limited to Christian-based organizations. Faith Partner Literacy grants support all types of faith organizations and religions. If you have questions about if your organization meets these requirements, please contact the Community Foundation.

 

Grant Process and Timeline

 

  • Grants are reviewed and awarded each month – this is a “rolling timeline” until funds are depleted
  • The beginning of each month grants are reviewed by a staff committee
  • The second Monday of each month grants are awarded and paid the church/house of worship
  • The start date of your program must begin AFTER the grant award is received (grants do not reimburse past expenses)
  • A follow-up form completed by the grantee will be due 30-days after the program’s completion

 

Examples of Past Projects

 

  • Reading is Fun event at the COGIC Community Center
  • Literacy Ally Training through Read Muskegon
  • Kids Hope USA mentorship

 

Application is Open

Create a login to begin the application process. Contact Amy Moore with questions amy@muskegonfoundation.org or 231.332.4138

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