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Frey Foundation Grant

Grants to Michigan Nonprofits and Agencies for Community
Development, Children, Arts, and Environment

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Grants to Michigan nonprofit organizations and government agencies in eligible Western and Northern areas for programs in the areas of community development, children and families, community arts, and the environment. Applicants must submit a letter of inquiry well in advance of the quarterly deadline.

Specifically, the Foundation considers applicants serving communities primarily in Kent, Emmet or Charlevoix Counties or the broader West and Northern Michigan region.

Program Areas:

Building Community: The Foundation supports projects and programs that range from neighborhood-based initiatives to efforts with broad regional impact that engage residents and foster community vibrancy.

Priorities currently include:
- Building strong and attractive city centers and vibrant neighborhoods
- Fostering public/private partnerships to enhance local and regional impact
- Encouraging well-planned development with broad community input
- Supporting projects and programs that leverage capital investments and foster urban-rural connections

Children and Families: The Foundation supports integrated systems that promote healthy development of children and their families, with a special focus on programs that increase access to high-quality preschool and encourage school readiness.

Priorities currently include:
- Leveraging community systems that ensure students and schools are successful
- Improving parenting skills
- Ensuring access to high-quality child care
- Promoting universal access to high-quality pre-school programs

Community Arts: The Foundation views the arts as a key indicator of community health, and a powerful tool for individual expression. The Foundation’s goals are to stimulate the vitality, effectiveness and growth of community-based arts and to encourage community engagement in cultural experiences, particularly among children.

Priorities currently include:
- Supporting an arts and cultural community that is strong and diverse
- Fostering high-quality, meaningful arts education
- Improving access to arts and cultural experiences for vulnerable populations
- Supporting leadership development for arts/culture organizations

Environment: The Foundation supports efforts to enhance, restore, protect and connect land and watersheds, regional trailways, parklands and other greenways widely enjoyed by the public.

Priorities currently include:
- Preserving and restoring significant lakes and streams
- Expanding and connecting regional trails and greenways
- Protecting critical lands including farmland, parkland, and natural habitat areas

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175837

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations must meet the following requirements:

- Has a current 501(c)(3) nonprofit designation from the Internal Revenue Service, is a governmental unit or other tax-exempt entity;
- Serves communities primarily in Kent, Emmet or Charlevoix Counties or the broader West/Northern Michigan region;
- Addresses one or more of the Foundation’s grantmaking priorities.

The Foundation is not likely to fund:

- Conferences or event sponsorship
- General operating expenses
- Requests from faith-based organizations that require participants to practice or adhere to specific religious beliefs
- Requests from individuals or organizations proposing activities that are non-charitable
- Organizations that do not demonstrate inclusive practices in board recruitment, hiring and delivery of service

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must intend to pursue a variety of funding sources for the program or project in order to demonstrate sustainability. (Note: grant requests generally should not exceed 15% of a total program budget, or 5% of a capital project budget).

The first step in the application process is to submit an online inquiry. Inquiries are accepted by the foundation throughout the year. Once the online inquiry process has been completed, you can expect to hear from Foundation staff within 30 days.

Once your inquiry has been reviewed, you may be invited to submit a full grant application online. Funding decisions are generally made four times a year. Keeping with a quarterly grant cycle, invited application deadlines generally fall on the 15th of February, May, August, and November.

You can expect a decision within about 90 days of the application deadline which will likely be presented to the Board of Trustees at their next quarterly meeting.

Contact Information:

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

Submit an Online Inquiry:

Staff can be reached Monday – Friday from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM by calling (616) 451-0303 or emailing

Frey Foundation
40 Pearl Street, NW
Suite 1100
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan: Kent, Emmet or Charlevoix Counties, or the broader West and Northern Michigan region