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Grants to Michigan Nonprofits and Agencies for Health, Environment, Youth, and Seniors in Berrien County


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USA: Michigan: Berrien County

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Berrien Community Foundation's 2017 Competitive Grant

Berrien Community Foundation

Grant Provider's 990

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #160137

Grant Description

Grants of up to $10,000 to Berrien County, Michigan nonprofits, schools, religious organizations, and units of government to enhance opportunities and programs in the areas of arts and humanities, community development, environmental and animal protection, health, children and youth, education, and seniors.

More details on the program areas are as follows:

Arts and Humanities - Programming that opens opportunities for more residents to participate in and experience the arts in the community. Supports historical preservation programs and projects.

Community Development - Addresses emerging community needs and issues that will help aid in the long-term overall planning and development of Berrien County.

Environmental and Animal Protection - Programs to protect and enhance understanding of the environment and for the humane treatment of animals.

Healthful Living - Programs to enhance the health of Berrien County residents and educating people to make healthy choices.

Nurturing Our Children - Programs that help provide nurturing to the young children of the community.

Quality Education - Programs to enhance and encourage continuing quality education.

Senior Empowerment - Programs to improve the quality of life for Berrien County senior citizens.

Youth Leadership and Development - Programs that enhance the quality of life for Berrien County youth while helping them to make positive life choices and encourage positive peer pressure. Specifically, the Foundation is interested in programs that address:

- Drug abuse and alcohol prevention and awareness
- Teen sex and pregnancy prevention
- Positive entertainment and recreation for youth such as Summer programs, Extra curricular programs, After-school programs
- Mental and physical health issues in youth such as Depression and suicide, Bullying, Obesity

The Berrien Community Foundation is most interested in funding Berrien County programs that:

- Take an imaginative and innovative approach;
- Focus on prevention;
- Solve critical local problems or address critical local needs;
- Can be sustained without continued funding from the community foundation;
- Encourage collaboration and cooperation among charities and do not duplicate existing services;
- Unite and build our communities behind a common goal;
- Attract volunteer resources and support; and
- Provide leverage for generating other funds or resources.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to apply for a Berrien Community Foundation Competitive Grant organizations must:

- Be a 501(c)3, school, government organization or religious organization doing community projects
- Have 501(c)3 status that is at least a year old as of August 31, 2016
- Have a current Solicitation Registration as of August 31, 2016 that is valid through December 31, 2016 or an exempt letter from the Attorney General's office.

Not Funded:
-Annual fundraising campaigns;
-Routine operating expenses;
-Religious or sectarian purposes;
-Political purposes;
-Existing obligations or debts/liabilities;
-Grants to individuals;
-Endowment funds;
-Efforts which will require a commitment for long-term financial support; and
-Travel for groups such as school classes, clubs, or sports teams.

Low priority is given to capital campaigns.

Pre-Application Information:

Review complete guidelines here:

A list of documents to be included with the application may be found here:

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant request is $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant project start dates should be November or later.

Contact Information:

Register and apply online:

Lisa Cripps-Downey, President

Sandra Tardi, Finance/Program Director

Adrienne Glisson, Finance/Program Assistant

Berrien Community Foundation
2900 S. State Suite 2E (Main Office)
St. Joseph, MI 49085


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