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2019 Community Impact Grants

Grants to Jackson, Michigan Nonprofits, Agencies, Churches, and School
Districts for Programs that Address the Needs of the Local Community

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Jackson Community Foundation (JCF)

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

10/21/19 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Jackson, Michigan nonprofit organizations, agencies, churches, and school districts for programs that benefit the local community. An LOI must be submitted prior to submitting a full application. Eligible focus areas include health, education, economic prosperity, art, culture and recreation, strong individuals and families, and environmental quality.

Community Investment Priorities:

  • Strong Individuals & Families - Promoting Stability and Independence
  • Education – Promoting Educational Readiness & Success
  • Healthy People – Partnering to Improve Community & Personal Responsibility in our Health 
  • Environmental Quality – Preserving & Enhancing our Natural Resources for the Benefit of All
  • Economic Prosperity – Developing Resources that allow our Community to Thrive
  • Art, Culture & Recreation – Building a Spirit of Community

Eligible programs will align with the JCF's mission, beliefs, pledge to the community, community investment priorities, the unrestricted grantmaking policies, and identified community needs. For more information, see the Supporting Documents field below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172084

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $20,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, school districts, churches and units of government benefiting Jackson County, Michigan.

Grantmaking Policies:
- JCF will consider applications for capital grants only if they protect current programs, implement new ones, or improve the quality of life of the community.
- JCF will require that applicants seeking funding for extensive technical assistance be members in good standing of Nonprofit Network.
- JCF will consider requests from units of government and public schools when the request for support is for programs, goods or services that would not be considered essential and therefore not typically funded through taxpayer dollars.
- JCF will consider repeat funding for programs, services or organizations on a case by case basis, if the currently funded start-up program, service or organization has a realistic written plan for the long-term sustainability of the new program, service or organization.
- JCF will only consider funding operations and/or maintenance in start-up situations and exceptional circumstances.
- JCF will consider funding programs and/or services offered by churches and other faith-based organizations when they are secular in nature. To be considered for funding, participation must not be based on religious beliefs and/or affiliations.
- JCF will only consider funding operations and/or maintenance in start-up situations and exceptional circumstances.

JCF does not provide grants for:
- Debt retirement
- Sponsorship of fundraising events
- Other endowments
- Organizations with funds for making grants to other organizations or individuals. Significant exceptions to this policy are situations in which the Foundation initiates a re-granting arrangement as part of one of its own strategic initiatives and is therefore closely and visibly involved. An example would be granting funds to a neighborhood-based 501(c)(3) for the purpose of re-granting mini-grants to support grassroots efforts that strengthen children and families.
- Computers/computer equipment
- Organizations that discriminate.

For more details, see the Grantmaking Guidelines in the Supporting Documents field below.

Pre-Application Information:

- Letter of Intent Deadline: Due by 5 PM on August 26, 2019
- Full Grant Application Deadline (for those invited to submit a full application): Due by 5 PM on October 21, 2019
- Award Announcement: By the end of November 2019

Contact Information:

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

Submit the LOI online:

Dana Ashlock

Jackson Community Foundation
100 S. Jackson Street, Suite 206B
Jackson, Michigan 49201

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USA: Michigan: Jackson County

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