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.

Grant Committees

In the spring of 2020, we will only be accepting applications for specific grant committees:

  • Environment – Environmental projects and programs
  • Muskegon County Lions Club – Hearing and vision services
  • Muskegon County Medical Society – Medical training and STEM education
  • Greater Muskegon Service League’s Women and Children’s Fund – Needs of women and children
  • Youth Advisory Council – Mental health needs for youth
  • White Lake Community Fund – Programs and projects that benefit the White Lake Area

See this list for more detail on Committee grant opportunities. General Competitive grants that align with the Community Foundation’s new Strategic Plan will be open in the fall of 2020. More information on the priorities and goals of the new Strategic Plan is coming soon!

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 is a good fit for Committee 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 below to get started!


Application Deadlines

Community Foundation Spring Competitive Grant Round:
Applications of intent due February 14, 2020
Full application due February 28, 2020

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; Jocelyn Hines, 231.332.4118
Mason County – Andrea Large, 231.845.0326

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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