Grants

Grantmaking Priorities

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation will consider grants that seek to enhance the quality of life and promote a healthy, inclusive, collaborative, and diverse community in Northwest Ottawa County.

Click the icons below to learn more about our individual priorities and how you can help support their funds!

Grant Application Process

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation is proud of our role as a community grantmaker. We aim to increase the capacity of the nonprofit sector by making strategic community investments in programs that advance our mission of improving and enhancing the Northwest Ottawa County area.

Funding Eligibility

Please consider whether your organization meets the following requirements:

  • Has a current 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS, is a unit of government, or a religious or educational institution.
  • Serves the Northwest Ottawa County or greater West Michigan region.
  • Addresses one or more of the foundation’s grantmaking priorities of funding sources for the program or project in order to demonstrate sustainability.

Important Dates

for GHACF grants

November 10, 2021  –  Preliminary Application Due
December 29, 2021  –  Grant Deadline
February 25, 2022  –  Notification

February 9, 2022  –  Preliminary Application Due
March 30, 2022  –  Grant Deadline
May 27, 2022  –  Notification

May 11, 2022  –  Preliminary Application Due
June 29, 2022  –  Grant Deadline
August 26, 2022  –  Notification

August 17, 2022  –  Preliminary Application Due
October 5, 2022  –  Grant Deadline
December 2, 2022  –  Notification

Youth Grant Program

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council awards grants annually to support local programs and projects that work to expand programming and opportunities for the young people in our community.

Important Dates

April 30, 2021  –  Grant Deadline
May 2021  –  Notification

October 29, 2021  –  Grant Deadline
December 2021  –  Notification

Technical Assistance Grant Program

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation has a Technical Assistance Grant Program designed to assist nonprofit agencies in their efforts to build their organization’s internal capacity and effectiveness and fund activities that increase the success and impact of the organization’s programs. Applications may be submitted at any time for consideration. It is recommended that potential grantees call the Foundation to discuss their project prior to submitting an application. Please allow at least 4 weeks for the Foundation to consider your application.

For questions about the grant portal or our grantmaking process and guidelines, contact our Vice President of Grants & Program, Holly Cole.

Grant Impact Stories

Community Book Read

Community Book Read

In honor of our 50th anniversary, we were able to make possible several smaller, community-focused activities including the donation of books to students. In May of this year, we gave a copy of the book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? to every Northwest Ottawa County second grader, local public libraries as well as school and classroom libraries. This resulted in a total of nearly 1,000 books gifted.

Grant Lifts Up Program for Latinx Leaders

Grant Lifts Up Program for Latinx Leaders

The Board of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation is pleased to announce four third-round Community Impact grant awards, totaling $275,000, in support of Northwest Ottawa County and our surrounding communities. This includes a $40,000 grant to Tri-Cities Puentes Initiative for “LEADeres Lakeshore,” a leadership and professional development program for Latinx professionals and leaders in the lakeshore area.

Foundation Surpasses $1M Granted for COVID-19 Relief

Foundation Surpasses $1M Granted for COVID-19 Relief

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation has granted $216,231 from its Community Relief & Recovery (CR&R) Fund to 11 area for-impact organizations serving individuals, families, and communities most impacted by COVID-19.

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