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Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) Grant

Grants to Michigan Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies in Oceana
County for Arts, Education, Health, and Community Needs

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Foundation / Corporation

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Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC)

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Grants of up to $3,000 to Michigan nonprofits, churches, schools, and agencies in Oceana County for programs in the areas of arts, community development, health and human services, and education. Applicants must first submit an application of intent. Funding is also available for emerging community needs, and other areas, such as the environment, homeless prevention, and parks.

The Foundation generally makes only one-time grant commitments of up to $3,000. Longer term commitments may be considered for initiatives that show exceptional promise for community impact.

More details on the funding areas are as follows:

- Encourage quality arts programming benefiting a diverse audience
- Support arts education and programs for youth
- Improve access to cultural programs, especially for children and youth
- Promote financial stability and organizational development for arts organizations

- Promote educational opportunities through post-secondary scholarships
- Find opportunities that can impact all public and private K-12 districts. Programs and projects serving multiple districts would receive greater consideration
- Support projects that encourage High School completion and success in school
- Promote educational opportunities for the unemployed, under-employed
- Support programs and projects that promote college (any post-secondary education and training) and career readiness

Health and Human Services
- Promote healthy lifestyles through education and prevention
- Improve access to quality health care for all residents
- Promote health programs and projects that increase the quality of health care available in Oceana County
- Support programs that encourage families to become self-sufficient
- Support programs targeted to the elderly and youth

Community Development
- Support projects that promote downtown development throughout Oceana County
- Support capital projects with county-wide impact and benefit
- Support capital renovation projects only if they provide new and expanded programming
- Support civic improvement and economic development efforts
- Support projects that improve the image and perception of the community, including projects that embrace racial diversity and inclusion
- Support programs that improves workforce development and talent creation

Emerging Community Needs

Standard grant categories don’t cover all community needs. The Distribution Committee and dedicated grant committees address other important or emerging community issues when they arise. Call to discuss your emerging issue and brainstorm together.

Other Special Funding Areas

- Environment – support for environmentally oriented programs and projects
- Homelessness Prevention – support programs and projects that provide a local base of support for long-term commitment to homelessness prevention activities
- Parks – support programs and projects that beautify and enhance current and future parks
- Golden Township – support capital improvement projects within Golden Township
- Hesperia Area – support programs and projects in Hesperia village and township

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179733

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $3,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are given to 501(c)(3) organizations, churches, schools, and government agencies serving Oceana County.

The Foundation does not usually award grants for:

- Regular operating expenses
- Vehicles
- Conferences, camps or media
- Conference speakers
- Special events and endowment campaigns
- Religious programs that serve, or appear to serve, specific religious believers or require participants to practice or adhere to specific religious beliefs
- Individuals.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant guidelines:

Funding priorities:

How to apply:


How to apply:

- Begin by contacting a member of the grant staff to discuss your proposal.
- Application of Intent

This provides staff with an overview of your program and allows them to determine if your project fits the grant priorities, timeline, and budget. It must be submitted prior to the posted grant deadline. All organizations submitting an application of intent will be contacted within three business days. Following staff approval of the application of intent, you may submit your full application. Please allow adequate time between the application of intent and the final grant deadline.

- Grant Application
The last step of the process is the submission of your detailed proposal, or grant application, for review by volunteer Grant Review Committee and staff members. Grantees that desire feedback on their application are invited to submit a full proposal 15 days prior to the deadline – staff will review the proposal and offer suggestions. All final decisions are made by the Board of Trustees.

Spring Grant Round:
Full Application due March 31

Fall Grant Round:
Full Application due September 30

The grant process takes around 8-10 weeks from application to announcement of awards.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Tammy Carey, Executive Director

The Community Foundation for Oceana County
P.O. Box 367
242 North Michigan Avenue
Shelby, MI 49455

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan: Oceana County