Applying for a Grant

We give grants to 501(c)(3) organizations, churches, schools, agencies, and governmental units serving the greater Muskegon County area. Applications are only accepted through our online application system, Submittable. Scroll down to access Submittable application information.

Please note – Submittable is a new system for the Foundation starting June 2018. All grant applicants will need to create a new account.

Application Process

Choose a login name and password to create your user account in Submittable. Whenever possible, utilize a general email, rather than an email tied to an individual within your organization – e.g.

Application of Intent
This provides our staff with an overview of your program that allows them to determine if your project fits CFMC grant priorities, timeline and budget. It must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the posted grant deadline. All organizations submitting an application of intent will be contacted within three business days. Following staff approval of the application of intent, you may submit your full application.

Grant Application
The last step of the process is submission of your detailed proposal, or grant application, for review by our volunteer Grant Review Committee and CFMC staff members. Grantees that desire feedback on their application are invited to submit a full proposal 15 days prior to the deadline. CFMC staff will review the proposal and offer suggestions. All final decisions are made by our Board of Trustees.

If your program is supported with a grant, you will be required to submit a final grant report to share the impact of your project.

Ready to apply? Click here to get started!


Application Deadlines

Fall Grant Round:
Applications of intent due August 17, 2018
Full application due August 31, 2018
Grants announced by November 1, 2018

Spring Grant Round:
Application of intent due February 14, 2019
Full application due February 28, 2019
Grants announced by May 1, 2019


Helpful Links:

Grant Application Overview
Submittable Detailed Instructions
Grant Application Guide
Final Grant Report Evaluation Sheet

Grantee Media Kit

Past Grant Awards

View a complete listing of our previous grant awards, including the organization, project, amount and grant fund.

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Grant Guidelines

If you're wondering how to make your grant proposal better, or what organizations submit the strongest proposals, we can help.

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