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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Grant - Building an Inclusive Community Grant

Grants to Muskegon County, Michigan Nonprofits, Agencies,
and Schools to Celebrate and Enhance Diversity and Inclusion

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Foundation / Corporation

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Community Foundation for Muskegon County (CFMC)

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Grants starting at $25,000 to Muskegon County, Michigan nonprofit organizations, schools, government agencies, and faith-based institutions for programs that celebrate and increase diversity and inclusion. A Letter of Intent is required prior to submitting a full application.

To address the racial disparities faced by many in the community, the Foundation is offering a minimum of $25,000 in grants for programs or projects that implement strategies that can help celebrate diversity, create equity, and foster inclusion:
- Creating proximity – encouraging community member to interact in meaningful ways with individuals who are not like them.
- Truth-telling and understanding of the historical context of our community – providing forums for community members to share the truth of their experiences, and publically sharing the historical conditions and experiences faced by people of color – the good, bad, and ugly.
- Training – engaging in activities that grow and individual, business, or nonprofit organization’s cultural competence, developing skills to promote equity and foster inclusion.

The Foundation is open to awarding the entire grant pool to a single applicant working in partnership with other organizations with the capacity to do transformational work in Muskegon, but will also consider awards for smaller-scale projects.

Priority will be given to projects that:
- Create local teams and partnerships, and utilize grassroots efforts to increase collaboration
- Demonstrate in-kind and financial support from other sources
- Utilize existing community assets
- Have potential to continue beyond the life of the grant

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185252

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grant requests must be initiated by non-profit organizations, including schools, governmental units, faith-based organizations, and 501(c)3 non-profits.

Pre-Application Information:

- January 2, 2019 – Application opens
- February 14, 2019 – Application of Intent Deadline
- February 28, 2019 – Grant Application Deadline
- March-April 2019 – Committee Review
- May 2019 – Notification of Awards

The Application of Intent is the first step in the grant application process in which you share a brief overview of your project, including the timeline, budget, and alignment with the grant priority of building an inclusive community.

After submitting, you'll receive an automated email confirmation. Foundation staff will review your form, and let you know via email within three business days if we welcome a full grant application. Access to the full grant application comes via a web link in that email.

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Contact Information:

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

Submit an Application of Intent:

Grant Application Assistance:
Jocelyn Hines, Program Associate

Community Foundation’s Program department:

Technical Assistance:

The Community Foundation for Muskegon County
425 W. Western Avenue Suite 200
Muskegon, Michigan 49440
231.722.4616 Fax

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan: Muskegon County