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FOCUS Fund Endowment

Grants to Northern Michigan Organizations for Health, Education,
Youth, Environment, and Arts and Culture Organizations

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

08/01/18 - Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and reviewed three times a year.


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Grants of up to $2,500 to Michigan organizations for programs that address community needs in Leelanau, Kalkaska, Grand Traverse, Benzie, and Antrim Counties. Funds are specifically intended to support programs in the areas of arts and culture, youth, health and human services, environment, and education. The Endowment offers a flexible response to current, immediate regional needs and provides more permanent funding for the future needs of the five-county region.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180890

Estimated Size of Grant:

Generally, grants up to a maximum of $2,500 are considered. From time-to-time, the Community Foundation may consider larger grant awards.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Preference is given to requests that offer a philanthropic approach to community needs and that have the potential for transformative community impact.

- Program operational needs, direct services, capital or equipment expenditures, etc. are eligible for funding.

- The grant review committee encourages collaborative projects where grant dollars can be maximized and serve as many people as possible (relative to the community being served).

Pre-Application Information:

Organizations must match the grant on a 1:1 basis.

Grant applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and reviewed for consideration three times a year. Application deadlines for each review are February 1; May 1; and August 1.

The Community Foundation Board may consider, on occasion, a responsive grant or strategic grantmaking to respond to a need without a specific request or application and/or outside of the grant review schedule, particularaly if the opportunity arises to support a community need in partnership with other granting organizations and/or individuals. Contact the Grantmaking and Program Officer, with questions about a grant outside of the grant review schedule.

How to Apply:
Learn more about the Focus Fund Endowment:
Fund Details:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Email grant budget form and any questions to:
Gina Thornbury
Grantmaking and Program Officer

Community Foundation
250 E. Front Street, Suite 310
Traverse City, Michigan 49684

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan: Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau counties