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Charlevoix County Community Foundation (C3F) Grant

Grants to Charlevoix County, Michigan Nonprofits, Agencies,
and Educational Institutions to Enhance the Quality of Life

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Charlevoix County Community Foundation (C3F)

Deadline Date:

10/01/19 4:00 PM EDT


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Grants to Michigan nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions to enhance the quality of life for Charlevoix County residents. Applicants must obtain staff approval prior to applying. Funding is intended for education, arts and culture, community and economic development, environment and land use, civic improvement, human services, health and wellness projects, recreation, and youth projects.

Granting Areas:

  1. Program Grants: Programs (new or expanded) that solve community issues, are innovative, and have a measurable impact.
  2. Organizational Capacity Building: To strengthen the organization to better meet the needs of the community. Examples: strategic plans, marketing, staff training, feasibility studies, board training, and development, etc.
  3. Technology Grants: Of all kinds. Examples include hardware, software, website development, etc.
  4. Equipment Purchases: Of all kinds. Examples include playground equipment, recreation equipment, safety equipment, etc.

Grants funded by the C3F have one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Helps build the capacity of the organization to fulfill its mission
  • Demonstrates collaboration
  • Addresses new needs or tries new approaches for existing needs
  • Encourages people to help themselves
  • Focuses on prevention
  • Benefits a number of people
  • Avoids duplication of services

Environment and Land Use grants are rated by the criteria listed above, as well as the following characteristics:

  • Benefits natural resources
  • Inclusion in a city, township, county, regional or watershed management plan

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146287

Estimated Size of Grant:

Technology Grants may not exceed $5,000.

Term of Contract:

A grant is active for one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include:
- 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations
- All units of government
- All educational institutions (preschool through college)

Proposals from faith-based organizations must address community needs and:
- Have a clearly demonstrated public benefit
- Be fully accessible to all persons regardless of religious beliefs and lifestyle choices
- May NOT require anything in return for services provided. Examples: attending services or prayer groups and/or volunteering, etc.

What the Foundation generally does NOT fund:
- On-going operating expenses
- Annual fundraising campaigns
- Political campaigns
- Deficit spending
- Sectarian projects
- Services normally supported by tax dollars

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications are reviewed twice a year. Applications are due at the C3F office by 4:00 pm EDT on March 1st and October 1st of each year. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, applications are due by 4:00 pm EDT the following business day.

Pre-Application Approval:
Pre-grant application approval is required for all requests. Please call a Program Officer to discuss eligibility. If you are approved to apply, you will receive an access code for the C3F online grant application.
- For youth grants contact Mishelle Shooks
- For all other grants contact Maureen Radke

All applications must include a cash commitment from your organization.

You may be required to be interviewed by an advisory committee. Overall review time takes approximately 6 weeks. You will be notified of the grant decisions by phone from a Program Officer following the C3F’s Board of Trustee meetings, which coincide with each grant cycle.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

For youth grants, contact:
Mishelle Shooks, Program Officer
Grantmaking, Youth Advisory Committee, Scholarships

For all other grants, contact:
Maureen Radke, Program Officer
Grantmaking, Nonprofit Support, Donor Services

Charlevoix County Community Foundation
301 Water Street
PO Box 718
East Jordan, MI 49727

(231) 536-2440

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USA: Michigan: Charlevoix County

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