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 have specifically stated priorities and recommend grants from specific funds developed and reserved for that exclusive purpose. Committee grants will open January 1, 2022.  The application of intent deadline is February 10, and full application deadline is February 24. A grantee workshop will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, January 19 at 12:00pm. No registration is required. Click here to join. This meeting will be recorded for those who are not able to attend. Contact grants@muskegonfoundation.org to request the recording.

To learn more about Committee grantmaking, click here.

National Day of Racial Healing Mini-Grants

We will again be offering mini-grants of up to $500 to businesses, educational institutions, nonprofit partners, or concerned citizens implementing activities from the National Day of Racial Healing action kit. National Day of Racial Healing is January 18, 2022. Join us for a virtual event at 3:00pm, hosted by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Click here for more information and to apply for a National Day of Racial Healing Mini-Grant.

Faith Leader Grant

In the summer of 2021, the Community Foundation began convening with faith partners to discuss how we can collectively help our communities. A group of over 20 local houses of worship identified education as the strategic area to begin this work. Up to $25,000 has been allocated in grant funding to this outreach effort with the intention of supporting multiple programs throughout the county. This grant opportunity will support churches* that are collaborating with other churches or nonprofit organizations to implement programs related to life-long literacy and educational equity. The application can be found here and closes March 31, 2021. All grants will be reviewed after the deadline and awards will be announced in April.

*By “church” we mean congregations, houses of worship, communities of faith, etc. that are established and organized as such by the IRS.  

Community Empowerment Small Grants

Community Empowerment Small Grants (CESGs) are tools provided by the Community Foundation to build a vibrant community with great opportunities for all. These grants are designed to empower organizations that may not yet have a 501(c)(3) status but seek support to foster change across our county. CESG grantees are strengthening community partnerships, building relationships, and providing hope and opportunity to many people throughout Muskegon County.

Here are a few examples of recent grantees making a difference in our community:

  • Servicios de Esperanza, LLC – Reduced Cost Drug Testing
  • NAACP Muskegon Branch #3147 – Absentee Ballot Drop Boxes
  • The Healed Happy Whole Woman – SCREAM Women’s Relational Recovery

To view an infographic exploring the impact of our first year of CESGs, click here.
For a complete list of 2020 grantees, please click here.
To learn more about the Community Empowerment Small Grants program and how to apply, 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.

Strategic Leadership Grants will be open again in the spring of 2022.

Muskegon LEAD

The Leading Efforts Against Discrimination (LEAD) Giving Circle supports organizations doing exemplary work in the areas of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice. Nominations for awards will be opening in the Fall of 2022.

Teacher Mini-grants

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 $500 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 will open in the fall of 2022.

Click here for more information about Teacher Mini-grants.

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

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Grant Guidelines

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