Look at what we’ve done.

Imagine what we can do, together.


Fifty years ago, a group of a dozen community leaders gathered together because they wanted to do something more for their community. Something bigger. They each gave $100 to start what would become the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation. Little did they know the impact they would have a half-century later.

We’re proud of our history and the partnerships that brought us to this point, and we look forward to honoring that history throughout the year. We have a lot planned for 2021, and it’s all focused on the people in this community. We look forward to sharing their stories—and we invite you to share your stories as well. Watch for a variety of events and activities throughout the year, all of which are being created to thank you, our community, for your continued support.

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Celebrating 50 Years

Community Stories


$50K Community Choice Grants

Sept 7 – Oct 25


We’re granting a total of $50,000 to local municipalities through a series of community choice grants that will make seven community projects possible. Working together with our local governments, each municipality has chosen projects for their communities and will receive $7,142 from  the GHACF. 

Full details on how and when to vote

Community Book Read

September 15, 2021

The virtual book read for the book Have You Filled a Bucket Today?  will be live on Facebook Wednesday, September 15 at 7pm – just in time for a bedtime story.

In May, every second grader in our community received a copy of the book. If you don’t have a copy, you can read along with a copy purchased at the Bookman or checked out from one of our local libraries. 

More information about how to watch live.

Hispanic Heritage Fiesta

September 19-25

We’re proud to be the lead sponsor for the third annual Hispanic Heritage Fiesta. This year’s celebration is a full week long—September 19-25—and will feature a mercado, food vendors, performances, and more! Beginning with a Parade of Flags on Sunday, September 19 and ending with an all-day Fiesta on Saturday, September 25, there will be something for everyone looking to celebrate Latin American cultures.

Visit the event website for full details.

Shop Local

June through the end of 2021

Local businesses throughout Northwest Ottawa County are selling GHACF-themed items in their stores! From sandwiches and chocolate, to ice cream and coffee, to items for the home, shop local to support our small businesses and help celebrate our 50th anniversary.

View the complete list of participating businesses


Enriching Our Community Through Arts & Culture

August 3, 2021 — We feel fortunate to serve an area that is rich with arts and culture. We also understand that celebrating art begins with investing in programs that make it accessible—and enjoyable—in our community. Because of this, we dedicate grants and resources to programs that bring regional and national art and cultural experiences into the community while also supporting the growth of local organizations. READ MORE >

A Celebration of History

June 23, 2021 — This is a monumental year for the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, as we celebrate fifty years of partnering with community members like yourself, who make the Grand Haven area a wonderful place to live, work, and play. In celebrating this milestone, join us in taking a step back to remember our origins and the leaders who provided a gateway for supporting every corner of Northwest Ottawa County. READ MORE >

Supporting Our Local Environmental Organizations

May 26, 2021 — A significant part of our mission and commitment to enhancing the quality of life in Northwest Ottawa County includes prioritizing, protecting, and preserving the environment through thoughtful stewardship, advocacy, and education. With climate change and environmental degradation presenting major challenges both locally and globally, we believe it is important for us to do everything we can within our community to reduce our ecological footprint and protect our shared environment that will serve future generations. READ MORE >

COVID Relief Grant Recipients Highlight the Impact of Your Contributions

April 27, 2021 — A few of our COVID relief grant recipients—Mosaic Counseling, Love in Action, Four Pointes Center for Successful Aging, Good Samaritan Ministries, and St. John’s Episcopal Church—took a moment to discuss the impact of these contributions and explained just how much this support has helped the important causes they lead throughout the Northwest Ottawa County area. READ MORE >

Community Leaders Extend Appreciation as Foundation Celebrates 50th Anniversary

March 30, 2021 — Recently, the leaders of our local governments shared the progress made possible through the foundation. Community leaders across the board extended their gratitude and appreciation, including Craig Bessinger of the City of Ferrysburg, Pat McGinnis of the City of Grand Haven, Bill Cargo of Grand Haven Charter TownshipGordon Gallagher of Spring Lake Township, and Chris Burns of the Village of Spring Lake. READ MORE>

A Conversation with Our First Four Grant Recipients

March 5, 2021 — Recently, we had a moment to reflect on the foundation’s first four grant recipients and how they have evolved since 1971. The Grand Haven Salvation ArmyGreater Ottawa County United WayTri-Cities Family YMCA, and the Tri-Cities Historical Museum were among our inaugural grant recipients. Each received a $200 grant. READ MORE >

50 Years of Making an Impact in our Community

January 26, 2021 — Fifty years ago, a group of a dozen community leaders gathered together because they wanted to do something more for our community. Something bigger. They each gave $100 to start what would become the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation. Little did they know the impact they would have a half-century later. READ MORE >


From all of us at the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, thank you for your continued support! We couldn’t do this without you.