Do you have a project that could use Community Foundation support?
An idea worth trying?
A plan to improve life for Charlevoix County people?
You may want to consider applying for a Community Foundation grant.
WHO CAN APPLY
501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, educational institutions (preschool through college), and all units of government serving Charlevoix County residents.
WHAT WE FUND
Arts and culture, education, environment and land use initiatives, community and economic development, civic improvement, human services, health and wellness projects, recreation, and youth projects. Proposed programs/projects must benefit Charlevoix County residents.
WHAT WE USUALLY DON'T FUND
Ongoing organizational operating expenses, political campaigns, sectarian projects, loan payments or deficit spending, services normally supported by tax dollars, annual fundraisers, or grants to individuals.
WHEN TO APPLY
Applications for the fall grant cycle are due online no later than 4:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. In an effort to move toward making more impactful grants, the C3F will be making changes to the grantmaking process, beginning in 2020. See below for new 2020 grant deadlines. Additional information will be available soon.
Hestia applications are due on May 1. If the deadline falls on a weekend, the deadline will be moved to the next business day. Visit the Hestia Women's Giving Circle page for detailed information on how to apply.
The SUN Fund is also available throughout the year for grant requests under $1,000. This fund can be used for unexpected needs that arise between grant cycles. Click here to learn more about the SUN Fund.
HOW TO APPLY - October 2019
Review the detailed Grant Application Process and Guidelines. Then call the C3F office to discuss eligibility with a program officer - Maureen or Mishelle. If you are approved to apply, you will receive an access code for the C3F online grant application and account Logon Page.
GRANT APPLICATION and ACCOUNT LOGON PAGE
New information for 2020 grant cycles and deadlines
In 2020, we’ll be changing how we work with nonprofit partners to provide opportunities for larger grants and more flexible support with different deadlines for different focus areas. A primary goal in reviewing and revising the Community Grant-making Program is to remain accessible to nonprofit partners. We anticipate an increase in support for nonprofit partners beyond community grant-making funds because of efforts to share your good work with donors who advise funds within the Community Foundation as well as sharing more broadly on our website and in publications. The October 1, 2019 cycle will look largely the same as in the past. (see above for how to apply in October 2019)
In late 2019 and throughout 2020, we will provide more information to our non-profit partners about how to partner with the Community Foundation to fulfill your mission. As soon as we can, we’ll share details through print and electronic communications, as well as in-person workshops to provide details and a chance to answer any questions you might have. Non-profit partners are vitally important to the Community Foundation’s impact and we look forward to continuing to work with you to make a difference here in Charlevoix County.
Below are our new grant cycle focus areas and the new deadlines for 2020. As soon as more information is available for each cycle, we will share it here on our website, as well as via other electronic, print, and in-person means.