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Environment & Land Use

Eligible non-profit partners can apply for projects and programs that support environment and land use initiatives located in the Lake Charlevoix Watershed and/or Charlevoix County. This cycle aims to support environmental education, protection, restoration, recreation, and sustainability initiatives. Grantee interview required. Grant guidelines coming soon.

November 1

February 1, 2020


Ashley Cousens


Graduating high school seniors can apply for scholarships to help with the cost of higher education. A few opportunites are also available for continuing education. Review the full list of available scholarships. Click here for how to apply for and/or renew a scholarship

December 1 March 1, 2020 Closed Mishelle Shooks

Community Project Support

All eligible non-profit partners can apply for project support during this cycle. Particular areas of interest include arts and culture, fine arts, health, basic and urgent needs, and veteran's needs. Grant guidelines coming soon. March 1 May 1, 2020 Closed

Ashley Cousens

Student Success

This cycle aims to support public pre-K through 12 school districts in Charlevoix County. School superintendents can apply.  June 1 August 1, 2020 Closed Mishelle Shooks

Geographic Enrichment

All eligible non-profit partners can apply for funding community needs on Beaver Island, in Boyne City, Charlevoix, and East Jordan. Grant guidelines coming soon.  August 1 October 1, 2020 Closed Ashley Cousens

Youth Needs

All eligible non-profit partners addressing the top youth needs in Charlevoix County, according to the Youth Needs Assessment, will be prioritized for funding. All other youth requests benefitting two or more schools/communities will be considered. Grantee interview may be required. Grant guidelines coming soon. 

September 1 November 1, 2020 Closed Mishelle Shooks

Sustaining What Works

All eligible non-profit partners can apply for general support. This cycle encourages donors who advise funds to provide general support for causes they care most about. Requests may attract grants of any size or may not be funded at all. Grant guidelines coming soon.  September 1 November 1, 2020 Closed

Ashley Cousens

SUN Fund

"Support Us Now" (SUN) Fund grants aim to improve and enrich the quality of life for residents of Charlevoix County. All eligible non-profit partners may apply for grants of $1,000 or less at any time of year to fill an unexpected emergency need that comes up between grant cycles. More information about the SUN Fund here Ongoing Ongoing Accepting Applications Mishelle Shooks



501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, educational institutions (preschool through college), and all units of government serving Charlevoix County residents. See chart above for who can apply for which specific grant cycles. Also, feel free to contact the person listed if you have more questions about your eligibility to apply. 



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.



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.



Applications for all grant cycles are due by 11:59 PM on the due date. Due dates for each grant cycle are listed in the chart above.  



To get started on any of the grant cycles, call the C3F office to discuss eligibility with a program officer - Ashley or Mishelle.  If you are approved to apply, you will receive an access code for the C3F online grant application and account logon page. 


What to do after funding

If you receive a grant from the Community Foundation, you will be provided with more information about what to do next. However, you can prepare yourself by checking out our page about Grant Follow-Up



2020 Grant Changes

In 2020, we’re 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.  

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.