Community Grants

Grants to Newaygo County, Michigan Nonprofits and
Agencies for Education, Environment, and Economic Development

GrantWatch ID#: 177736
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Fremont Area Community Foundation


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Grants to Newaygo County, Michigan nonprofit organizations and public agencies for programs and projects focusing on education, nonprofit sustainability, community and economic development, the environment, and/or economic self-sufficiency. Priorities for each of these areas are outlined below.

1. Education:

The Foundation believes that education is one of the most important tools for success. Statistics consistently prove that higher education is necessary for the future of local students and for the local community. Further education not only lowers unemployment rates and increases individual salaries, but it also leads to a more engaged community through increased volunteerism and voter participation.

The Foundation's Goal: To increase the proportion of residents who hold high-quality college degrees, credentials, or certificates to sixty percent by the year 2025.

To increase educational attainment in the local community, the Foundation focuses on:

- Kindergarten readiness
- STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, English Language Arts, and Math)
- Literacy
- Remediation
- Creating a positive college and career-oriented culture

2. Nonprofit Sustainability:

Nonprofit organizations are an important component of the County's local economy. The Foundation seeks to create an interconnected and effective nonprofit sector through grantmaking and initiative work. To fulfill this work, the Foundation assists local nonprofits to:

- Find ways to make connections with other agencies
- Diversify fundraising efforts
- Make a greater impact

The Foundation's efforts in nonprofit sustainability spawned a full-fledged initiative: community partner effectiveness. This initiative works alongside local organizations (i.e., the Foundation's “community partners”) to create a nonprofit sector working towards positive evidence-based outcomes.

3. Community and Economic Development:

A community is only as good as the people, nonprofits, businesses, educational institutions, local government agencies, and natural resources that make it up. Fremont Area Community Foundation is committed to addressing the high rate of unemployment and underemployment in the community - all in the name of promoting a growing and sustainable local economy.

The Foundation's Goal: To reduce unemployment in Newaygo County below the national average over the next ten years while preserving the County's rural character.

To positively impact community and economic development in the community, the Foundation focuses on:

- Small business development
- Entrepreneurship development
- Workforce development
- Capacity of local community and economic development partners
- Natural resources promotion and utilization

4. Natural Resources:

Newaygo County is a unique area with a wealth of natural resources. The Foundation believes it is vital to promote these resources to residents and visitors while also preserving them in an economically sustainable way.

5. Poverty to Prosperity:

Thousands of Newaygo County residents have difficulty meeting basic needs such as housing, food, and healthcare. The local rural environment increases the vulnerability of those caught in the cycle of poverty. The Foundation seeks to help people shift from poverty to prosperity through revitalized community values and connections.

The Foundation's Goal: To reduce poverty in Newaygo County below the national average over the next ten years.

To help residents escape the cycle of poverty, the Foundation invests in programs and organizations that empower residents to:

- Develop pathways to increase self-sufficiency
- Help individuals build personal assets
- Increase individuals’ social capital

Nonprofit organizations and public agencies can apply for funding from the Community Foundation using the general grantmaking guidelines that are attached below (see Supporting Documents section).

In general, the Foundation will not consider making grants to or for:

- Individuals
- The purchase of property, or vacant land
- The sponsorship of one-time, special events
- Existing obligations or replenishing other sources used to pay for such obligations.
- Religious programs that require religious affiliation and/or religious instruction to receive service
- Projects that begin prior to notification of Community Foundation funding
- Duplication of existing programs or services by new nonprofit organizations.

General guidelines, as well as specific guidelines for the focus areas of Education, Poverty to Prosperity, and Community and Economic Development, are attached in the Supporting Documents section below.

Applications for community grants are due February 1 and September 1.

Please Note: All grant requests in the Education focus area must adhere to the student trip policy (attached below) and the technology policy (attached below).

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

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For more information contact the Foundation via email at: or by phone at 231.924.5350.

Eligible agencies must be located in, or directly serve, the people of Newaygo County.

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