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Grand Haven Area Community Foundation (GHACF) Grants

Grants to Michigan Nonprofits, Schools, and Churches for Health,
Education, Environment, and Youth for Northwest Ottawa County

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Grand Haven Area Community Foundation (GHACF)

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Grants to Michigan nonprofit organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, and churches for community benefit initiatives in Northwest Ottawa County or the greater West Michigan region. A letter of inquiry is due on February 21, 2018. Funding areas include arts and culture, economic and community betterment, education, environment, health, and human services. Applications may be submitted to either the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation or the Youth Advisory Council.

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation will consider grants that seek to enhance the quality of life and promote a healthy, inclusive, collaborative, and diverse community in Northwest Ottawa County.

The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) seeks to fund programs that work to educate, prepare, develop, advocate for, and raise awareness of issues that impact youth in the Tri-Cities and West Michigan Region.

Funding Priorities:

Arts, Culture, and Diversity:

Priority will be given to projects that:
- Address racial equity and diversity within the community
- Bring regional and national art and cultural experiences and opportunities to the community
- Supports programs that deliver arts and cultural experiences to under-served populations of the community
- Support the collaboration and growth of local arts and cultural organizations within the community.

YAC gives priority to projects that:
- Promote an appreciation of regional history, especially in the Tri-Cities Area
- Support an understanding of other cultures and advocate for open-mindedness
- Provide opportunities for self-expression through various safe spaces such as art, music, and theater
- Build and emphasize the importance of community

Economic and Community Betterment:

Priority will be given to projects that:
- Support cooperation among municipalities, especially in the areas of recreation, transportation, as well as consolidated planning.
- Support the revitalization and beautification of areas of commerce in the region.

YAC gives priority to projects that:
- Develop opportunities for community youth to become more active in nature
- Ensure the community is well-positioned for the future
- Effectively utilize resources to support the local economy


Priority will be given to projects that:
- Address the barriers preventing students from pursuing post-secondary education opportunities.
- Improve student access to the necessary academic, social, and emotional resources required to reach their full potential.
- Support access to and participation in quality preschool programs, particularly those in under-served populations.

YAC gives priority to projects that:
- Educate on the various post-secondary opportunities
- Provide opportunities for youth to prepare for the future
- Prepare youth for future financial success


Priority will be given to projects that:
- Center on the preservation of natural green space and “smart land use” planning. Priority will also be given to those projects that promote multi-government initiatives on local and regional scales.
- Address critical water quality issues, including: near-shore health, sustainability of wetlands, and non-source pollutants. Lake Michigan, the Grand River Watershed, Spring Lake, and local creeks and streams are of special concern.
- Promote environmental sustainability through alternative energy initiatives and recycling projects.

YAC gives priority to projects that:
- Promote an appreciation and care for the natural resources existing in the community
- Connect area youth to the community and natural environment

Health and Human Services:

Priority will be given to projects that:
- Support access to physical and mental health services
- Promote healthy lifestyles and relationships for all
- Address priorities based on data gathered through Community Needs Assessments and Community Health Improvement Plans
- Support local health initiatives that are endorsed by multi-sector collaboration
- Address human needs for underserved

YAC gives priority to projects that:
- Raise awareness and educate youth on the importance of mental health, reducing negative stigmas, and recognizing signs in their peers
- Educate youth on the impact of drug and alcohol use
- Help build self confidence and promote body image positivity
- Encourage healthy eating habits and knowledge of nutrition
- Provide education on healthy and unhealthy relationships
- Create safe spaces for youth and help all youth feel safe and accepted at home and at school
- Education about the risks and consequences of distracted driving

Larger youth-focused grants may be reviewed by both the Grants Committee and the Youth Advisory Council for a co-funding opportunity.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175210

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations must meet the following requirements:
- Have a current 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS, is a unit of government, or a religious or educational institution.
- Serve the Northwest Ottawa County or greater West Michigan region.
- Address one or more of the foundation’s grantmaking priorities of funding sources for the program or project in order to demonstrate sustainability.

Pre-Application Information:

Step 1: Submit a Letter of Inquiry
If an applicant has an idea for a project, the applicant may submit a Letter of Inquiry at any time. The Foundation recommends that applicants submit their Inquiry a minimum of 4-6 weeks before the grant deadline.

Step 2: Letter of Inquiry Reviewed
Within 2 weeks of submission, The Foundation will review the Letter of Inquiry to determine whether the project aligns with the Foundation's grantmaking priorities, then respond to the applicant.

Step 3: Complete a Grant Application
The applicant's Letter of Inquiry helps determine whether the project aligns with the Foundation's grantmaking priorities. If eligible, the appropriate grant application will be made available to the applicant through the online application portal.

Step 4: Grant Applications Reviewed
The Foundation conducts a thorough due diligence process on all submitted grant applications. A site visit may be scheduled prior to review by the Foundation's Grants Committee.

Important Dates:

November 22, 2017 – Letter of Inquiry Due
January 3, 2018 – Grant Deadline
February 23, 2018 – Notification

February 21, 2018 – Letter of Inquiry Due
April 4, 2018 – Grant Deadline
June 1, 2018 – Notification

August 22, 2018 – Letter of Inquiry Due
October 3, 2018 – Grant Deadline
November 16, 2018 – Notification

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Contact Information:

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

Submit a letter of inquiry online:

Holly Cole, Director of Grants & Program

Lauren Grevel, Grants & Program Officer

Grand Haven Area Community Foundation
One South Harbor Drive
Grand Haven, Michigan 49417

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan: Northwest Ottawa County or Greater West Michigan Region