Applying for a Grant

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

Committee Grantmaking

Grantmaking committees are comprised of community stakeholders – volunteers in our community whose personal passion align with the focus area. Grantmaking committees have specific stated priorities and recommend grants from specific funds developed and reserved for that exclusive purpose. The fall of 2020 grant round will focus on committee grants. The deadline is September 3 for the Application of Intent and September 17 for complete applications. A grantee workshop will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, August 4 at 3PM. Contact to register. Click here for more details and click here to apply.

Watch Muskegon Vote Mini-Grants

The Community Foundation invites all nonprofits serving Muskegon County to apply for “Watch Muskegon Vote” mini-grants. We will award, on a first-come, first-served basis, up to 15 grants to projects that encourage voter registration, absentee applications, educate voters on the voting process, and get out the vote. Grants up to $200 will be awarded for projects that encourage voter registration, absentee applications, educate voters on the voting process, and get out the vote. Submitted programs/projects must engage Muskegon County citizens in voting and must be nonpartisan. Grant dollars can be used for any reasonable costs related to this work. 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 look forward to sharing more information on this grant round soon.

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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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

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