Grand Haven Area Community Foundation COVID-19 Response

Updated Friday, December 18, 2020


At the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation (GHACF), the Allendale Community Foundation, and the Coopersville Area Community Foundation, our fund holders, donors, partners, teammates, along with their families, and the communities that we serve remain our top priorities. Throughout the coronavirus crisis, we have continued to offer the level of personalized service and customized solutions that individuals, organizations, and corporations have come to expect.

We will continue to communicate as needed related to COVID-19’s impact, and we appreciate your continued confidence and understanding as we adjust to this new normal. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact any member of our team.

Phase 1: Emergency Human Needs Fund (March 14 – May 18)

From March 14 through May 18, a community coalition comprised of the Greater Ottawa County United Way, the GHACF, LNA, Community Spoke, and the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area worked together to monitor the ongoing developments surrounding COVID-19, as well as proactively worked to assist with the increasing needs of our community.

During that time, the coalition awarded 110 grants totaling over $900,000 from the Emergency Human Needs Fund to area nonprofit organizations that are helping our community in this time of crisis. View the full list of grants here: Emergency Grants During COVID-19.

The coalition launched to keep the public informed of how they can help. This website lists ways to volunteer, as well as how to donate goods and/or monetary gifts. We have established an Emergency Human Needs Fund at the GHACF. The GHACF, the CFHZ, and the GOCUW are working together to provide funds to nonprofit organizations that are helping the most vulnerable in our community in this time of crisis.

Phase 2: Community Relief & Recovery Fund (June 1, 2020 to present)

This fund was established to respond to the current and long-term impact that COVID-19 will have on individuals, families, and nonprofit partners within Northern Ottawa County. This fund will enable the foundation, fund holders, and donors to pool resources to collectively support relief and recovery of nonprofits who have been adversely affected by COVID-19.

  • The fund is non-endowed to ensure resources will be used to respond to the evolving crisis and long-term plans for recovery.
  • Areas of focus will include safe housing, accessible nutrition, physical and mental health, education, arts and culture, frontline fatigue, and vulnerable communities such as seniors and children.
  • Grants will be awarded to support core operations in an effort to allow organizations to continue caring for Northwest Ottawa County communities.

Give to the Community Relief & Recovery Fund
Apply for the Community Relief & Recovery Fund Grant Program


Restoring Hope Challenge Match

In less than seven weeks, more than 525 individuals, organizations, and funds came together to contribute more than $325,000 to the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation—for a total of more than $650,000—for the Restoring Hope Challenge Match, which raised money for the Community Relief & Recovery Fund.

As Northern Ottawa County continues to progress in reopening, it is imperative that local organizations are provided the support necessary to not only adapt their operations, but sustain their missions, in an effort to fully care for our neighbors in this continued time of need.


Grants from the Community Relief & Recovery Fund

Arbor Circle – $20,000 to support stabilization programming for families and caregivers, specifically The Great Start to Quality Western Resource Center and Arbor Circle foster families.

Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired – $5,000 to support organizational operations and programming, specifically within Northern Ottawa County

Bethany Christian Services – $20,000 to support mental health counseling efforts in Northern Ottawa County

Children’s Advocacy Center – $18,000 to create new and accessible resources for teachers, parents and children to continue body safety programming and education within the limitations created by COVID-19.

Community Access Line of the Lakeshore (Call 211) – $11,500 for community outreach efforts to ensure that the public is able to connect with the services they need.

Every Woman’s Place – $4,000 to continue their vital services for the community, especially during the increase of domestic violence cases during quarantine and COVID-19

Four Pointes Center for Successful Aging – $25,000 to support the Home Care team that have been tirelessly providing care to the vulnerable senior population.

Grand Haven Area Public Schools – $87,983 to support the purchase of educational materials and platforms to allow flexible and greater access to learning

Good Samaritan Ministries – $25,000 to support the Community Housing Partnership program

Hand2Hand – $5,000 to support the creation of snack-packs and breakfast-packs for children in Northern Ottawa County

Little Red House – $17,052 to help staff develop, manufacture, and install unique table dividers to provide adult day care clients a healthy and safe environment for re-engagement.

Momentum Center – $22,500 for mental health programming, which includes the Momentum Center, the Momentum Center Teen program, and community conversations

Ottawa Community Schools Network – Coopersville – $7,200 to help provide educational, mental health, and general support to students

Outdoor Discovery Network – $50,000 to go towards the support of a partnership with the Ottawa Area ISDto help students, staff and administration safely return to school this fall by utilizing outdoor learning space and educational techniques to provide safe, relevant, and engaging learning experiences.

Spring Lake Public Schools – $67,492 to fully staff a social worker at Jeffers Elementary School.

Talent 2025 – $5,000 to cover the costs of lost revenue as part of a matching grant

Tri-Cities Family YMCA – $25,000 to ensure summer programming operations continue—including children’s day camps, which provide a safe and meaningful space for local youth.


If you would like to help, you may still make an online donation to the Community Relief & Recovery Fund on our Donation Page. You may also mail a check (please include CR&R Fund in the memo line) to the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation at One South Harbor Drive, Grand Haven, MI  49417.

How To Help

If you would like to help, you can make an online donation to our Community Relief & Recovery Fund on our Donation Page. While we do still accept donations by check, check processing may be delayed while we work remotely.

How to Get Help

If you are looking for food, housing, transportation, or financial assistance, please call 2-1-1, or access resources on their website.

Contact the Team

Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5pm, but we are only open to visitors from 11am to 3pm. We have a rotating schedule with some staff in the office and others working from home.

As the number of COVID cases increase, we are requiring that any in-office visits be scheduled in advance. 

Our team can all be reached via phone or email during normal business hours. Email addresses can be found on our Meet the Team page.

Media Coverage

Foundation grants additional $625,000 for COVID-19 relief
The Lakeshore: West Michigan – September 18, 2020

Community foundation’s challenge match goal met
Grand Haven Tribune – August 8, 2020

Community’s generosity takes COVID-19 response fund beyond goal
Rapid Growth | Lakeshore – August 7, 2020

14 ways grants are making a difference in the Grand Haven area
Rapid Growth | Lakeshore – July 15, 2020

COVID-19 relief in Grand Haven (video interview)
Fox17 – July 7, 2020

Restoring Hope Challenge Match extended
Grand Haven Tribune – June 27, 2020

GHACF extended Restoring Hope Challenge Match in face of continuing need
Rapid Growth | Lakeshore – June 26, 2020

Emmanuel Hospice launches telehealth program
Grand Rapids Business Journal – June 26, 2020

Philanthropy steps up to help as crisis hits nonprofits hard
MiBiz – June 21, 2020

Community foundation launches challenge match for pandemic relief
Grand Haven Tribune – June 17, 2020

Foundation matching donations to Restoring Hope fund for COVID-19 relief
Rapid Growth | Lakeshore – June 12, 2020

Women Who care support emergency response coalition
Grand Haven Tribune – June 11, 2020

Community coalition shifts from emergency needs to recovery
Grand Haven Tribune – June 3, 2020

Community coalition supports area nonprofits
Grand Haven Tribune – May 20, 2020

Where is the America we used to see in times of disaster?
Grand Haven Tribune – May 13, 2020

Community Foundation Holland/Zeeland assists Ottawa Co. residents during COVID-19
Fox 17 – May 12, 2020

Living Sustainably: Local campaign asks to #ShareTheStimulus
Holland Sentinel – April 27, 2020

Ottawa County leaders: #ShareTheStimulus if you don’t need it yourself
Holland Sentinel – April 17, 2020

Emergency grants, community donations provide thousands of meals
Rapid Growth | The Lakeshore – April 15, 2020

Emergency grant funding keeps mental health services going
Rapid Growth | The Lakeshore – April 9, 2020

Community coalition grants funds to local organizations (update)
Grand Rapids Business Journal – April 7, 2020

Community coalition grants support to Resilience, others
Grand Haven Tribune – March 31, 2020

Living Sustainable: highlights hope, positivity – March 30, 2020

Change-Ups: Websites
Grand Rapids Business Journal – March 27, 2020

Can’t hug, but can reach out
Grand Haven Tribune – March 27, 2020

A call to action: philanthropy’s commitment during COVID-19
Council of Foundations – March 24, 2020

Emergency grants help nonprofits get more food, services to those in need
Rapid Growth | Lakeshore – March 24, 2020

Lakeshore nonprofits make it safe and easy to help from home
Rapid Growth | Lakeshore – March 23, 2020

COVID-19: 5 Things Funders Can Do to Support Grant Partners
Council of Michigan Foundations – March 23, 2020

Coalition grants immediate funds to local organizations
Grand Haven Tribune – March 23, 2020

Greater Holland community rallies to provide support during COVID-19 outbreak
Holland Sentinel – March 22, 2020

United Way offers opportunities to help during coronavirus crisis
Rapid Growth | Lakeshore – March 19, 2020

Community coalition grants funds to local organizations
Grand Rapids Business Journal – March 18, 2020

Resource website offers help, outlet for support
Grand Haven Tribune – March 18, 2020

Ottawa County asking for helpers amid coronavirus shutdowns
Holland Sentinel – March 15, 2020

Community coalition develops online resource hub for those looking to help
Grand Haven Tribune – March 14, 2020