Application Process

Community Impact 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.

Step 1: Submit a Preliminary Application

If you have an idea for a project, you may submit a Preliminary Application​ at any time. We recommend that you submit your Application a minimum of 4-6 weeks before the grant deadline.

Step 2: Preliminary Application Reviewed

Within 2 weeks of submission, our team will review your Preliminary Application to determine whether the project aligns with our grantmaking priorities, then respond to you.

Step 3: Complete a Grant Application

Your Preliminary Application helps determine whether the project aligns with our grantmaking priorities. If eligible, the appropriate grant application will be made available to you through the online application portal.

Step 4: Grant Applications Reviewed

Our team conducts a thorough due diligence process on all submitted grant applications. A site visit may be scheduled prior to review by our Grants Committee.

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

Grant Impact Stories

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.

Supporting Our Local Environmental Organizations

Supporting Our Local Environmental Organizations

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.

A few of our grantees leading meaningful environmental initiatives within our community took a moment to express their appreciation to the foundation as we continue to celebrate our 50th anniversary. We have had the pleasure of working with wonderful mission-driven organizations, including the Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Department and the Ottawa County Parks Foundation, the Outdoor Discovery Center Network, the West Michigan Environmental Action Council, and the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum over the years to support our shared environmental commitment.

COVID Relief Grant Recipients Highlight the Impact of Your Contributions

COVID Relief Grant Recipients Highlight the Impact of Your Contributions

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.

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