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Healthy Eating & Access: Grant Proposals Requested

<October 3, 2016> The Community Foundation for Muskegon County (CFMC) is pleased to announce a competitive grantmaking program, supported by a grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. The goal of HEALTHY Muskegon is to develop and strengthen the local food system to sustainably increase healthy eating and improve access to healthy food, especially among children and seniors living in poverty.  Cross-community projects are encouraged.

Grant requests must be initiated by nonprofit organizations, including schools, governmental units, faith-based organizations, and 501(c)3 nonprofits. Grant recipients will be organizations that serve residents in Muskegon County, with special emphasis on low-income children and seniors. Existing Healthy Muskegon grantees are welcome to apply for new projects, or expansions on existing grant supported projects.  Approximately $30,000 will be granted.  We envision supporting up to six projects.

An application of intent, submitted via the Foundation’s online eGrant system, is due by November 1, 2016. Final applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on November 15, 2016. The HEALTHY Muskegon Community Advisory Council, made up of 10 – 12 members appointed by the CMFC Board of Trustees, will make recommendations to the Foundation Board who will finalize grant award decisions.

Projects should be fully implemented, as described in the proposal, by December 1, 2017. Complete guidelines and applications instructions are located here.