Foundation / Corporation
Grants starting at $20,000 to Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Athens, Alabama nonprofit organizations for innovative programs that benefit local residents. A Letter of Inquiry must be submitted prior to the full proposal. Funding is intended to support projects with long-term impact in the fields of human services, education, and arts and culture.
Program and project-specific requests, as well as organizational mission requests, are considered.
Grant applications are evaluated against multiple factors:
- Alignment with the Steelcase Foundation mission, particularly a social justice lens
- Implementation capacity
- Board and management leadership
- Inclusion and equity practices
- Feasibility and financial sustainability
- Measurable community benefit and broad opportunities
The Steelcase Foundation encourages grant-seekers to use design thinking, innovation, and system thinking.
The Foundation values projects that have a long-term impact beyond specific project activities. For example, a project that can demonstrate improved third-grade reading scores will be evaluated more favorably than a project that provides books to third graders, with the only measure of success being number of books distributed.
Because of the Foundation's emphasis on outcomes, they pay attention to evaluation. Applicants are advised to keep what they want to learn and evaluate in mind as they develop the project, as well as the assessment tools to be used to determine success (e.g., records, surveys, interviews, pre- and post-tests).
GrantWatch ID#: 184636
Grants generally range from $20,000 to $250,000.
Most grants span one-to-three years. Multi-year requests are encouraged when applicable.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To submit the online Letter of Inquiry: https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_5790?SA=SNA&FID=35006
Julie Ridenour, President
For questions about the application or the online portal, please contact:
USA: Alabama: Athens; Michigan: Grand Rapids