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Grants to Michigan Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies to
Benefit Communities in the Greater Holland and Zeeland Area

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area (CFHZ)

Deadline Date:

09/10/18

Description:

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Grants to Michigan nonprofit organizations, schools, municipalities, and other government agencies to benefit communities in the greater Holland/Zeeland area. Applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Funding may be requested for a broad range of areas, including community and economic development, arts and culture, environment, health, human services, education, seniors, youth, and housing.

Requests for the following purposes are eligible to apply for funding through CFHZ’s Competitive Grant Program:

-Capital - Funding for purchases of property, construction of new facilities, remodeling, expansions of existing facilities or major equipment purchases.

-New programs for one-time and ongoing expenses - Funding for organizations to implement specific programs for the first time including startup costs and costs that will occur repeatedly.

-Existing programs for one-time expenses - Funding for investments in specific ongoing programs that will not need to be made on a regular basis such as equipment, furnishings and other reusable materials.

-Research and planning - Funding for organizations to figure out what a new program or collaborative effort will look like including activities such as researching the needs of constituents, analyzing existing services, consulting with experts in the field or conducting other planning activities.

-Evaluation - Funding to assess the effectiveness and impact of specific programs.

-Emergency requests for one-time expenses - Funding for organizational or program needs that are unexpected, urgent, and will not occur repeatedly such as those that may result from natural or man-made disasters.

In considering eligible requests, CFHZ gives priority to proposals that are:
-Core to the organization’s mission;
-Will have a lasting impact;
-Represent a turning or pivot point for the organization.

CFHZ also looks for proposals which:
-Bring evidence-based models from other communities to the Holland/Zeeland area or pioneer creative, new ways to address local needs or opportunities
-Are of a collaborative nature leveraging the strengths of different organizations to maximize community impact
-Focus on prevention
-Have a plan to obtain the necessary additional funding to implement and sustain the project (CFHZ should not be the sole funder for a new program)
-Leverage matching funds from sources outside of the Holland/Zeeland area
-Have a significant impact relative to the amount of funding requested
-Address an important community need
-Reflect an organizational commitment to evaluate and quantify success and outcomes
-Demonstrate organizational capacity to successfully implement the proposed project or program as measured by: financial stability, leadership capacity, and record of successful project/program delivery

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 156671

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Capital: Up to $40,000
-New programs for one-time and ongoing expenses: Maximum total of $75,000
-Existing programs for one-time expenses: Up to $40,000
-Research and planning: Up to $25,000
-Evaluation: Maximum total of $50,000
-Emergency requests for one-time expenses: Up to $40,000

Term of Contract:

Capital: One time funding is available.

New programs for one-time and ongoing expenses: Applicants are eligible for multi-year funding for a period of up to three years.

Existing programs for one-time expenses: One time funding is available.

Research and planning: One time funding is available.

Evaluation: Applicants are eligible for multi-year funding for a period of up to three years.

Emergency requests for one-time expenses: One time funding is available.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations that are tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, schools, municipalities and other governmental entities that serve a charitable purpose in the greater Holland/Zeeland area.

Requests for the following purposes are not eligible to apply for funding through CFHZ’s Competitive Grant Program:
-Operating support - Funding for the day-to-day costs of running organizations.
-Existing programs for ongoing expenses - Funding for the day-to-day operating costs of existing programs.
-Capital projects outside of the Holland/Zeeland area
-Requests from individual classrooms or school clubs
-Emergency requests for ongoing expenses - Funding for repeatedly occurring organizational or program costs that have experienced a sudden or unexpected loss of funding from another source.
-Religious programs that advocate specific religious doctrines or do not serve the broader community

Pre-Application Information:

CFHZ looks for proposals which leverage matching funds from sources outside of the Holland/Zeeland area.

In order to begin the application process, please contact the Vice President of Community Impact, Elizabeth Kidd, who will speak with you and can provide you with an application.

CFHZ will have three deadlines for competitive grant applications in 2018:
-January 15th
-May 14th
-September 10th

Organizations should anticipate approximately eight weeks between the application deadline and receiving a final decision on their proposal.

Guidelines:
http://www.cfhz.org/grantguidelines

Contact Information:

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

Elizabeth Kidd, Vice President of Community Impact
616-994-8851
ekidd@cfhz.org

Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area
85 East 8th Street, Suite 110
Holland, MI 49423

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan: Greater Holland/Zeeland Area