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Grants to Michigan Non-Profits to Solve Community
Problems in Clinton, Eaton & Ingham Counties

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Grants of up to $75,000 to Michigan non-profit organizations benefitting Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties' communities to support innovative and cooperative solutions to community problems. LOIs are due by March 31 for consideration. Funds may be sought in order to leverage additional funding in local projects and programs.

Foundation Grants are typically made in the areas of education, environment, health care, human services, humanities and public benefit.

The Impact Grant Awards process is intended to help local non-profits make a significant “jump” in their ability to serve local populations.The Impact Grant Award is designed to support the local collaborative efforts that have the potential for transformative and sustainable community change.

While the Impact Grant Award is made to one agency, the demonstration of authentic and sustainable partnership for collaborative problem-solving is a key factor in the award.

Impact Grants are intended to increase the long-term impact of an organization or program, not provide short-term cash assistance for ongoing operations. For example: Impact Grants will not be made to purchase food for a pantry; but the committee may consider purchasing refrigeration and storage equipment that would allow a food pantry to stock fresh meat, dairy, produce, in order to provide healthier options for customers.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150538

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

1 - 3

Estimated Size of Grant:

$25,000 - $75,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made to non-profits classified by the IRS as 501(c)(3) organizations and other eligible entities that benefit residents of Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties, MI.

Generally Not Funded:
-Sectarian or religious programs
-International organizations
-Endowment funds
-Administrative costs of fund-raising campaigns
-Annual meetings
-Routine operating expenses
-Existing obligations, debts or liabilities, incurred before committee reviews proposal (middle of May)

Pre-Application Information:

Impact Grants require a 1:1 match (cash match preferred, a portion of in-kind mayl be considered).

Impact Grant consideration occurs in three steps:

1) Letter of Inquiry – Due March 31, 2015, 5:00 PM

Letters of Inquiry may be submitted electronically or in hard copy, but MUST be received no later than 5:00 PM on the due date. All applicants will be notified of their status by April 15, 2015.

2) Full Application – Due May 11, 2015

Based on Letter of Inquiry review, promising applicants will be invited to submit a full application. (The application guidelines will be sent with invitation.) Applications will be reviewed by grants committee. Applicants will be notified of their status by July 1, 2015. Three most promising proposals will be invited to make presentations to the grants committee for final consideration.

3) Presentations – July 15 or 22, 2015 (TBD), 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Top applicants will receive presentation guidelines by email July 2. Presentations last approximately 20 minutes, with Q&A.

Contact Information:

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

Pauline Pasch, Senior Program Officer
(517) 664-9853

330 Marshall St., Suite #300
Lansing, MI 48912

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