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Grants to Michigan Nonprofits Agencies, and
Educational Institutions to Enhance the Quality of Life

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Hillsdale County Community Foundation (HCCF)

Deadline Date:

05/01/21 4:00 PM


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Grants to Michigan nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions in eligible regions to enhance the quality of life for residents. Interested applicants are required to discuss the project with program staff before submitting an application. Funding is intended to support projects in the areas of community development, education, social services, environmental issues, recreation, fine arts, and health and wellness. The Foundation aims to support creative approaches to community needs and problems that benefit the widest possible range of people in Hillsdale County.

The Foundation gives priority to programs which:

  • Reach as many people as possible in the county
  • Increase individual access to community resources
  • Examine and address the underlying causes of local problems
  • Promote personal independence and achievement
  • Seek challenge or matching grants
  • Attract volunteer resources and support
  • Strengthen the private, non-profit sector
  • Encourage collaboration with other organizations
  • Build the capacity of the applying organization
  • Support the start-up of new programs that solve critical local problems or address critical local needs
  • Focus on prevention

Low priority is given to brick and mortar requests and ongoing programs where alternative funding is not planned to carry a program or project forward following a Foundation grant.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175657

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation welcomes grant applications from the Hillsdale County area or outside Hillsdale County if a significant number of the people to be served reside within Hillsdale County. Applicants must be tax exempt according to Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an educational institution, or governmental unit.

The current objectives of the Foundation do not allow grants for:
- Religious or sectarian purposes
- Individuals
- Legislative or political purposes
- Loans
- Capital campaigns
- Routine maintenance, including office equipment
- Administrative costs for maintaining the present operation of an organization, including, but not limited to, staff salaries, wages, and benefits. Salaries may be considered on a case-by-case basis only as related to direct program expenses, not daily operations.
- Education requests that supplant rather supplement the ongoing operations of the school district, such as equipment or educational materials, including curriculum supplies and resources.

Pre-Application Information:

Contact the HCCF to discuss your proposal and obtain an editable grant application form.

To be considered for funding, the original application and one copy of all attachments must be received no later than 4:00 PM November 1 or May 1.

Only one grant application per organization will be accepted per grant cycle, with the exception of educational institutions. An organization receiving a grant in any grant cycle may apply for further grants after the third subsequent grant cycle.

Contact Information:

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

Requests for information should be directed to:
Hillsdale County Community Foundation
2 S. Howell Street
PO Box 276
MI 49242
Phone: (517) 439-5101
Fax: (517) 439-5109

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