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Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation (PHSACF) Grants

Grants to Michigan Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies
to Enhance the Quality of Life for Local Residents

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Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation (PHSACF)

Deadline Date:

03/01/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Michigan nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, state agencies, and municipalities for programs to enhance the quality of life for local residents in eligible locations. Applicants must contact the Foundation prior to applying. Programs must serve Emmet County residents.

Funding is intended for the following focus areas:

Arts and Culture:

  • Promote financial stability and organizational development for arts organizations
  • Keep arts, cultural, and historical programs accessible, available and affordable


  • Support for opportunities beyond provisions of state-mandated curriculum 
  • Support for career and technical education programs
  • Support for minor capital improvements which enhance student experience
  • Support for special initiatives that minimize education costs for low-income students


  • Support for projects to protect and restore green spaces, shorelines, dune areas, water quality and air quality
  • Environmental education for all ages
  • Promotion of comprehensive community planning, priorities, and strategies

Community and Economic Development:

  • Support the enhancement of downtown areas
  • Support thriving, livable, and walkable communities
  • Support sustainable local agriculture

Health and Human Services:

  • Support for basic needs, including food, shelter, home heating, healthcare and childcare
  • Provide organizational support to keep those agencies addressing vital needs strong
  • Provide support for at-risk populations like seniors, women and children, individuals with disabilities, etc.


  • Keep recreational activities available and affordable for community individuals and youth
  • Support school or amateur athletics and recreational or sports camps
  • Support community parks, playgrounds, and trails


  • Support public education institutions, especially enrichment programs
  • Support for early childhood care and education
  • Support for youth centers and constructive activities
  • Promote citizenship, leadership, and positive values

Good Food Initiative: The Foundation has a specific interest in increasing the viability of local food and farm systems, including support for projects that:

  • Help farmers/livestock producers keep their land in farming
  • Boost the economy through expanded production and purchase of local food and food products
  • Improve access by children and those in need to nutritious foods from local sources
  • Increase community appreciation for local food and farming

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146288

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Board of Directors generally does not consider requests in excess of $15,000.

Term of Contract:

The term of a grant award is nine months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include:
- Tax-exempt, charitable organizations according to the IRS code, educational institutions, state agencies, or municipalities. Applicants must be current with their tax status and, if applicable, their registration to solicit charitable donations in Michigan;
- Organizations that serve Emmet County or a significant number of Emmet County residents; and
- Organizations that do not discriminate in hiring of staff or the provision of services.

The Board of Trustees generally does not consider requests in excess of $15,000, annual fund-raising drives, services which are commonly recognized as government or school obligations, debt reduction, endowments, religious programs that advocate specific religious doctrines or do not serve the broader community, and individuals (other than scholarships).

Pre-Application Information:

Current deadline for grant applications is March 1, 2021. Applications must be submitted through the online grant portal by 11:59 PM on the day of the deadline.

After reading the guidelines and determining eligibility, please call the Community Foundation to discuss your proposal and to receive the application.

The YAC and the Grant Distribution Committee will make their recommendations to the Board of Trustees at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting. This process takes approximately two months. You will be notified by Community Foundation staff as soon as possible following the Board’s decision.

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

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, staff is currently working remotely. Please email to discuss your funding needs and to receive the application.

For questions, please contact either Sarah Ford or Kassia Perpich at or call 231-348-5820.

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USA: Michigan: Emmet County

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