Recent Grants


November 26, 2019

The Community Foundation responded to requests from nonprofit partners this fall, thanks to donors who look to the Community Foundation to make a difference close to home.  Grants will make investments in the County’s communities, such as improvements to performance space on Beaver Island, new chairs and tables for the Boyne District Library’s Community Room, the development of new youth programs at Camp McSauba, and attention to student safety in East Jordan.  Broader impact will be felt across Charlevoix County through projects like a feasibility study to determine the possibility of curbside recycling collection, efforts to ensure adequate water quality and to reduce stormwater impacts in the watershed, and support for programs serving friends and neighbors in need.  See below for a complete list of grants made through the fall cycle.

In 2020, the Community Foundation will launch a new approach to supporting local nonprofit partners.  The Board of Trustees charged the staff to increase the impact of grants and the efficiency of the process.

After nearly a year of review and research, the Community Foundation will offer several cycles annually, with special attention to the areas of youth, the environment, and individual communities in Charlevoix County.  These changes are designed to provide improved impact over time; ensure that the Community Foundation remains accessible to nonprofit partners; offer greater opportunity for donor advisors and community members to give back close to home; and create space for staff to spend more time learning alongside nonprofit partners. 

Several open meetings have been scheduled for nonprofit partners who wish to learn more about the Community Foundation’s grant cycles, beginning in December.  Details about application guidelines and deadlines as well as upcoming open meetings are available here.

A charitable organization dedicated to improving and enriching life in the area, the Charlevoix County Community Foundation accepts gifts from individuals, families, businesses and civic groups and manages them as permanent endowments. While a portion of the funds are utilized to support grantmaking, the principal of the endowment continues to grow, providing ongoing charitable capital to benefit Charlevoix County’s residents—now and in the future.

The next grant cycle will focus on Environment and Land Use projects.  Applications are due by Saturday, February 1, 2020.  The Community Foundation welcomes inquiries about applying for grants anytime at 231-536-2440.




When you give to Community Grantmaking Funds, you are providing for current and future projects happening right here at home. With grant cycles each spring and fall, nonprofit partners, schools, and individual communities working in Charlevoix County have the opportunity to seek support for worthwhile places, programs, and projects.

For a complete list of grant awards, and additional information (summaries) about each grant, click on the links below.


October 2019 Grant Awards
October 2019 Grant Summaries


March 2019 Grant Awards

March 2019 Grant Summaries


October 2018 Grant Awards

October 2018 Grant Summaries





October 11, 2019

Construction for an approximately 6.2 mile new non-motorized trail linking Boyne City, Boyne Valley Township, Boyne Mountain Resort and the Village of Boyne Falls formally began with a ground breaking ceremony held Wednesday morning, October 9th, along the route.  According to Boyne City City Manager Michael Cain the construction of the trail reflects the vision, collaboration and perseverance of many that are making the long proposed trail a reality.  Special recognition was given to Boyne City resident and Park and Recreation Board Chairperson Michael Sheehan for his some two decades of effort to get the trail to construction.  Representatives from many of the organizations associated with the project were present for the ground breaking.  Those organizations included: North Country Bike Club, Charlevoix County Community Foundation, Charlevoix County, Boyne Valley Township, Village of Boyne Falls, Boyne Mountain, Frey Foundation, Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the City of Boyne City.

Construction for the new non-motorized trail will continue this fall, resume in the spring of 2020 with a scheduled completion date on June 11, 2020  Work on the over 1.77 million dollar trail in being done by J & N Constriction of Gaylord.  OHM of Petoskey designed the project.

When completed, the trail is anticipated to be an economic driver in the region, serving residents and visitors alike.  Through Boyne City, users of the new trail will be able to connect to existing and future phases of the Boyne City/Charlevoix Trail, providing connections to the Wheelway which connects Charlevoix, Petoskey and Harbor Springs.  Future efforts may provide connections to the Traverse City area TART trail system and ultimately the Iron Belle that traverses the entire state of Michigan.

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This spring, the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) approved a grant to help fund the purchase of a new JY15 sailboat for the Lake Charlevoix Mariners’ Sail Charlevoix program. Sail Charlevoix has been operating in some form or another as a non-profit program to teach Charlevoix County youth how to sail since 1985. The JY15 is the main platform they use for teaching all ages and ability levels. In the past year, the Sail Charlevoix program trained more than 150 students, mostly between the ages of 8 and 17, the basics of sailing on Lake Charlevoix. Thanks to the funding from the YAC and other generous donors, plus the commitment of the Lake Charlevoix Mariners themselves, the group was able to purchase two new boats for the program this season. The new boats are built of solid fiberglass by a Michigan company, and as such, are expected to be more robust, easier to repair, and should last a lot longer than the previous boats. Pictured are the new boats in use this summer during the Sail Charlevoix program.