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.
Our Youth Advisory Council (YAC) invites school district employees to apply for mini-grants to help them out in the classroom. Whether it’s a new idea or that little extra you need to make your lesson plans great, you can brighten your classroom with help from the YAC. Grants can be up to $250 for specific projects or programs including: program enhancement that meets curriculum guidelines, expanding an already existing unit, student awards, special events, professional development, artists in residence and parent involvement programs. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on November 6, 2020. Submit your application online today via our Submittable service! Click here to download the new teacher mini-grant instructions.
Muskegon LEAD Grants
The Muskegon LEAD (Leading Efforts Against Discrimination) Giving Circle was organized to collectively fund initiatives in Muskegon County specifically and intentionally focused on diversity, equity, inclusion and justice. The circle is comprised of 40 young community members with a shared vision of creating a vibrant community with great opportunities for all. This fall, the Muskegon LEAD Giving Circle will highlight, support and encourage further action for an organization in our community doing exemplary work around justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI). For more information and to send in a nomination, click here.
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 look forward to sharing more information on this grant round soon.
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. Committee grants will open again February of 2021. Click here for information and click here to apply.
For more information about Community Foundation grants, contact:
Janelle Mair, 231.332.4116
Jocelyn Hines, 231.332.4118
Other Application Resources
Grant Application Overview
Submittable Detailed Instructions – Muskegon
Grant Application Guide
Final Grant Report Evaluation Sheet
Grantee Media Kit
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