Foundation / Corporation
Battle Creek Community Foundation (BCCF)
Grants ranging from $200 to $4,000 to Battle Creek Area, Michigan resident groups to implement neighborhood improvement projects and community-oriented events. Applicants must attend an orientation session to be eligible. Sessions are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month.
Applicants may apply for two types of projects/activities under the Neighborhood Grants program:
1) Neighborhood Improvement - In order to assist with neighborhood improvement, BCCF has offered Neighborhood Grants for over 10 years. Neighborhood Grants are a tool that groups of residents can use to help make their neighborhood a better place to live; neighborhood is loosely defined and can be as small as a city block or as large as the entire city. This grant is simply a donation of money to a group by BCCF for the purpose of helping turn a vision (or idea) into a reality. Priority will be given to projects that target one or more of the Foundation’s strategic focus areas.
2) Community Events - Funding opportunities for Community Events is designed to build community spirit, engage speakers, build awareness, strengthen neighborhoods, etc.
BCCF's focus areas are defined through a process of strategic planning with board, committee members and key stakeholders, and staff. The three strategic focus areas below were identified to guide the Foundation's grantmaking in the community. Priority will be given to programs and nonprofits which impact these areas.
-Education: Every Battle Creek area resident shall have the resources to access post-secondary education and training.
-Health: A community where all residents are engaged in their own wellness and all babies are born healthy.
-Livable community: Quality of life is improved for all residents.
In addition, some of the objectives include the following:
-Access to Healthcare
-Maternal and Infant Health
-Increase Access to Education
-Maximize Financial Aid
-Increase Resident Engagement and Community Spirit
-Create a Vibrant Arts and Culture Sector
-Promote Residency and Beautification of Community
-Build Leadership and Business Opportunities
GrantWatch ID#: 181664
The amount of grant money available varies with the size of your project and its impact on the community. Funding opportunities vary but the average award amounts are $200 - $4,000 depending on the size of project and its impact.
Any group of residents who live in the greater Battle Creek area and who share a vision for improving their neighborhood can receive a Neighborhood Grant.
For the purposes of the grant program, a “neighborhood” can be as small as a block or street, as large as the whole city, or anything in between.
The Grantseeker Orientation sessions will be held regularly and eligibility for applying for a grant is dependent on each potential grantee attending an orientation before a grant can be submitted. Grantseekers must attend annually to maintain eligibility.
Sessions will cover:
-The types of grants offered
-How grant decisions are made
-How much funding you can request
Orientations are the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month. The 2nd Wednesday will always be from 2:00 - 3:00 PM and the 4th Wednesday will always be from 10:00 - 11:00 AM.
Grant Seeker Information and Deadlines:
Applications are accepted on a monthly basis and are due the first business day of the month. The committee meets on a bi-monthly basis so be sure to plan ahead and allow enough time for your grant to be reviewed.
-March 1, 2018
-May 1, 2018
-July 2, 2018
-September 3, 2018
-November 1, 2018
-January 4, 2019
To apply follow these simple steps:
1. Contact the Community Foundation - Staff want to hear about your program and help guide you through the application process.
2. Attend a Grant Seeker Orientation
3. Complete the Application - Your group plans your project and describes it in detail in the application; including a budget for your project. You may begin an application below or request a paper copy from BCCF.
You may be invited to meet with a committee of volunteer residents that make decisions regarding funding. There you will have a chance to describe your project and vision in person. The committee reviews your application prior to the meeting and asks any questions they may have before making a final funding decision.
BCCF Focus Areas:
More information about Neighborhood Improvement may be found here:
More information about Community Events may be found here:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Annette Chapman, Vice President, Grantmaking and Scholarships
Tiffany Blackman, Program Officer
Adam Kingston, Program Officer
USA: Michigan: Battle Creek Area