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Love Your Hometown Grant

Grants to Individuals and Teams for Projects that Enhance
Towns in Allegan County or Bloomingdale, Michigan

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Allegan County Community Foundation (ACCF)

Deadline Date:

01/14/19

Description:

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Grants of up to $1,000 to individuals and teams for projects that enhance towns in Allegan County or Bloomingdale, Michigan. Eligible projects take place in the following school districts: Hamilton, Bloomingdale, Hopkins, Allegan, Martin, Wayland, Otsego, Fennville, Plainwell, and Saugatuck. Eligible projects will enhance, improve, or beautify the appearance of the applicant's hometown, thereby benefiting all residents.

Project ideas are limited only by your imagination! Sample project ideas include:
- Build a little library
- Add a park bench on your favorite walking path
- Replace a net at a community tennis court
- Work with the fire department to paint hydrants
- Replace the wood chips at the children’s playground

Each project will be reviewed for appropriateness, adherence to eligibility, and for community benefit.

Eligible projects will be voted upon by community members. Voting will take place from February 14th – March 31st on the Love Your Hometown web page. The Love Your Hometown project with the greatest number of votes in each school district will receive a grant up to $1,000.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184566

Number of Grants:

One in each of the ten school districts

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $1,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Grants are open to individuals or groups whose project benefits a hometown in Allegan County or Bloomingdale
- Applicants do not have to reside in the town they are submitting the project for
- Applicants do not have to be a resident of Michigan
- Applicants can submit more than one project

Your project should not:
- Be for the purpose of providing funds to a business or organization
- Be for the purpose of supporting repetitive operational needs, but rather for a specific initiative
- Be for the benefit of a person, church, loan, office equipment, capital campaign, routine maintenance, administrative costs or for political purposes

Pre-Application Information:

Love Your Hometown Timeline:

- Applications due to the Allegan County Community Foundation by January 14, 2019
- Applicants notified of approval/decline of project by February 10, 2019
- Voting Takes Place Between February 14 – March 31, 2019
- Grant Check Presentations Between April 15 and July 1, 2019
- Projects must be completed by December 31, 2019

How to get involved:

- By yourself or with a team (co-workers, scout troop members, family, sports team, youth groups, classmates, neighbors, etc.) develop a project that would benefit your community.
- Print the project application (http://polls.alleganfoundation.org/#faq) or call 269.673.8344 to be sent a hard copy version.
- Submit a completed application for review and approval.
- Encourage everyone you know to vote for your idea at http://polls.alleganfoundation.org/.
- Everyone gets to vote online for their favorite project once per day.
- Voting starts on February 14 and ends on March 31, 2019.

The Allegan County Community Foundation is not able to write checks to people, just tax-exempt organizations. The ACCF will arrange a tax-exempt organization responsible for accepting the check and overseeing the project expenses.

Although grants are limited to $1,000 or less, project budgets may exceed $1,000. In the application, applicants will be asked to describe where the remainder of the project expenses will come from.

Projects that involve public land will need to be approved by a local municipality.

Contact Information:

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

Submit application by email:
LoveYourHometown@alleganfoundation.org

Submit application by fax:
269-673-8745

Submit by mail:
ACCF
PO Box 278
Allegan MI
49010

Please contact Jennifer at 269-673-8344 with questions.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan: Allegan County and Bloomingdale