Applying for a Grant

NEW: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Grants
To address the racial disparities faced by many in our community, the Community Foundation is offering a minimum of $25,000 in grants for programs or projects that implement strategies that can help celebrate diversity, create equity and foster inclusion. Grant requests must be initiated by nonprofit organizations, including schools, governmental units, and faith-based organizations. The application of intent opens January 2, 2019 and closes February 14, 2019.  Full grant applications are due February 28, 2019. Complete application details are located  here.

NEW: Love Your Community Mini-Grants
Open to individuals, nonprofits, or businesses, our 2019 Love Your Community Mini-Grants will award up to $500 to projects that encourage people to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in any or all parts of Muskegon County. Applications must be received by February 14, 2019 and will be posted on the Foundation’s Facebook page for open voting beginning February 22, 2019. Download the application (Word doc) here.


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.

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

PLEASE NOTE – if you need to submit a final report for a grant you were awarded using the eGrant system, use this link:

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

Community Foundation Spring Competitive Grant Round and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Grant Round:
Applications of intent due February 14, 2019
Full application due February 28, 2019

DEI grants will not be available in the fall 2019 grant round.

Community Foundation Fall Competitive Grant Round:
Applications of intent due August 15, 2019
Full application due August 29, 2019

Helpful Links:

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

For more information contact:
Muskegon County – Janelle Mair, 231.332.4116 or JacQuaye A. Payne, 231.332.4124
Mason County – Andrea Large, 231.845.0326
Oceana County – Tammy Carey, 231.861.8335

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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