Applying for a Grant

We give grants to 501(c)(3) organizations, churches, schools, agencies, and governmental units serving the greater Muskegon County area.

NEW: Student Engagement and Attendance Mini-grants

After surveying over 500 Muskegon County teachers, we’ve learned that chronic absenteeism is a major issue in our community’s schools. A special round of Teacher Mini-grants of up to $750* are available to support creative ideas designed to increase student engagement and attendance. Examples include, but are not limited to, magazine subscriptions, fidget items, headphones, teacher tutorials, and student incentives. Grant decisions will be made on a rolling basis. Applications will be accepted until Monday, February 1, at 5:00 p.m. Apply now via our Submittable service.

Committee Grantmaking

Grantmaking committees are comprised of community stakeholders – volunteers in our community whose personal passion align with the focus area. Grantmaking committees have specifically stated priorities and recommend grants from specific funds developed and reserved for that exclusive purpose. The deadline for Committee grants is February 25, 2021. Click here for information and click here to apply.

Community Empowerment Small Grants

Community Empowerment Small Grants are tools provided by the Community Foundation for Muskegon County to build a vibrant community with great opportunities for all. We are always looking for ways to build relationships with all groups, big or small, for everyone to see themselves in our work and for the community to know that we are a resource.

Click here to learn more about the Community Empowerment Small Grants program and how to apply.

Strategic Leadership Grants

In 2019, the Community Foundation began a strategic planning process to guide where we could make the largest impact with our investments of grant dollars, community engagement, and advocacy. The process involved surveying our stakeholders, community leaders, donors, trustees, volunteers, and staff to determine the areas of focus. Strategic Leadership Grants will support projects and programs related to education; community and economic development; and diversity, equity, and inclusion. We’ve awarded our first recipients of this grant! Read the story here.

For more information about Community Foundation grants, contact:

Janelle Mair, 231.332.4116
Jocelyn Hines, 231.332.4118

Other Application Resources

Helpful Links:

Grant Application Overview
Submittable Detailed Instructions – Muskegon
Grant Application Guide
Final Grant Report Evaluation Sheet
Grantee Media Kit

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