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 grants will open January 1, 2023.  Grants will be available from the following Committees.

    • Environmental – supports programs that promote, strengthen, and advance environmental interests. $15,495 available for grants in 2023. This committee also oversees the James Hanna and Mary H. Murphy Land Fund, which supports acquiring, conserving, or enhancing public accessibility to green space, open lands natural parks, or undeveloped land its natural state West of US 31. $55,465 available for grants in 2023
    • Muskegon County Lions Club – supports hearing and vision services for Muskegon County residents, $51,635 available for grants in 2023
    • Muskegon County Medical Society – supports medical training and STEM education related to the medical field. $20,037 available for grants in 2023
    • White Lake Community – supports programs and projects that benefit residents of the White Lake Area, $74,517 available for grants in 2023
    • Greater Muskegon Service League’s Women and Children’s Fund – supports programs for Muskegon County women and children. Priority for innovative program or projects, rather than general operating support. Priority to programs that support low income or marginalized populations. $20,537 available for grants in 2023
    • The Youth Advisory Council – supports programs related to mental health, substance abuse prevention, and race discrimination. These priorities were chosen based upon results of the youth empowerment survey performed in 2021. $69,262 available for grants in 2023

    Spring 2023 – Application Deadlines:

    Application of Intent – February 9
    Full grant application: February 23

    Watch the recording of our most recent grants workshop here:

    To learn more about Committee grantmaking, click here.

    Click Here to Apply

  • On January 17, 2023, we ask you to join us in celebrating the National Day of Racial Healing. This day, launched by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, encourages community members to reflect on and create solutions to combat inequities in our community. This day is observed the Tuesday after Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

    One of the Community Foundation’s strategic goals is to enhance community trust and promote prosperity for all. This day is a great way to commemorate the work the Community Foundation is trying to accomplish by creating a vibrant community for all.

    The National Day of Racial Healing has released several action kits to help people honor this day, whether you are a business, educational institution, nonprofit partner, or concerned citizen. The Community Foundation is offering up to $500 for community members to provide activities for the community on and after January 17, 2022. These grants will be available until funds are depleted. If you have any questions, please reach out to Jocelyn Hines at or 231-332-4118. For more information and access to the action kits, visit

    If you decide to participate in this day, please use the hashtag #HowWeHeal

    Who is eligible?

        • All applicants must be residents of Muskegon County
        • Educational institutions
        • Businesses
        • Any organized group of residents – faith communities, grassroots organizations, neighborhood associations or block clubs, etc.
        • Concerned citizens
        • Applicants do not have to be a 501(c)(3) – If a fiduciary is not available, please contact the Community Foundation

    How much can my group apply for?

        • Groups can request up to $500
        • Typical grants will be between $200-400

    When is the deadline?

        • These grants will be available until funds are depleted
        • Selections will be made at the beginning of each week
        • Please allow up to 14 days for funds to be available

    How will I be evaluated?

        • A final grant report will be due 30 days after the proposed end date

     Links to Action Kits

    Please head here ( for links to action kits and conversation guides.

    Click Here to Apply

  • 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:

    • Taking Back Muskegon – Helping our Youth Visions Come to Light
    • New Life Christian Center – Courageous Conversations
    • Muskegon Heights Neighborhood Association Council – MH Neighborhood Association Council Marketing Campaign

    To view an infographic exploring the impact of CESGs from 2021, click here.
    For a complete list of 2021 grantees, please click here.
    To learn more about the Community Empowerment Small Grants program, click here.

    Click Here to Apply


  • Faith Partner grants support churches* that are collaborating with other churches or nonprofit organizations. Funding is available to support programs related to life-long literacy and educational equity. Grants will go directly to the church, however collaboration with schools and other nonprofits doing similar work is strongly encouraged.

    Some examples of recent church partner grantees that have integrated literacy into their church programs:

    • St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church – Book Pantry (integrated into food pantry)
    • Fellowship Church – Read. Sing. Play in the park (summer program)
    • Holy Trinity COGIC Center – Reading is Fun! (outreach event)

    The application will be reviewed at the end of each month, and grants will be awarded the following month. All grants will be reviewed after the deadline. Awards will be paid directly to the church and a final grant report will be required.

    *Church is defined as congregations, houses of worship, communities of faith, etc. that are established and organized as such by the IRS. 

    For more information about Faith Partner grants click here.

    Click Here to Apply

  • Strategic Leadership Grants support our focus areas of education; community and economic development; and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Read more about these focus areas here, or listen to a brief presentation outlining these priorities here. The grant deadline was April 28 and grant awards will be announced by July 1.

  • The Muskegon LEAD (Leading Efforts Against Discrimination) Giving Circle is supports organizations doing excellent work in the areas of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (JEDI). Nominations will open again in the Fall of 2023.

  • The Community Foundation for Muskegon County believes civic engagement is essential to a healthy democracy. Engaging Muskegon County residents in voting strengthens our community’s voice. Nonprofits often have connections to communities that may be underrepresented at the polls and are trusted sources of information. Contrary to popular belief, nonprofits are welcome to engage in nonpartisan efforts to get out the vote! Grants are available in the two month prior to primary and general elections.

    There are many fantastic (and FREE) resources to help you formulate your plan – a great place to start is
    All grant application entries become the property of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County.
    Please share the work you’re doing with your network, using the hashtag #WatchMuskegonVote on social media. Communicate your ideas and projects with us at – we want to share your great ideas!

  • 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 2023, check back then!

    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
Grant Application Guide
Final Grant Report Evaluation Sheet
Grantee Media Kit

Submittable is the online application portal used for grants submitted prior to April, 2022.  Use the link below to access previous applications and final grant reports.  Beginning April 2022, all applications will be submitted in the Grant Lifecycle Manager (GLM) – the link is provided in each application description.



Past Grant Awards

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