Priority Areas

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!

Arts & Culture

  • Bring regional and national art and cultural experiences and opportunities to the community
  • Supports programs that deliver arts and cultural experiences to under-served populations of the community
  • Support the collaboration and growth of local arts and cultural organizations within the community.

Diversity & Inclusion 

  • Address equity, diversity, and inclusion within the community
  • Involve and empower the inherent worth and dignity of all people
  • Promote and sustain a sense of belonging within the community

Economic & Community Betterment

  • Support cooperation among municipalities, especially in the areas of recreation, transportation, as well as consolidated planning.
  • Support the revitalization and beautification of areas of commerce in our region.

Education

  • Address the barriers preventing students from pursuing post-secondary education opportunities.
  • Improve student access to the necessary academic, social, and emotional resources required to reach their full potential.
  • Support access to and participation in quality preschool programs, particularly those in under-served populations.

Environment

  • Center on the preservation of natural green space and “smart land use” planning.
  • Address critical water quality issues, including nearshore health, the sustainability of wetlands, and non-source pollutants. Lake Michigan, the Grand River Watershed, Spring Lake, and local creeks and streams are of special concern.
  • Promote environmental sustainability through alternative energy initiatives and recycling projects.

Health & Human Services

  • Support access to physical and mental health services
  • Promote healthy lifestyles and relationships for all
  • Address priorities based on data gathered through Community Needs Assessments and Community Health Improvement Plans
  • Support local health initiatives that are endorsed by multi-sector collaboration
  • Address human needs for underserved populations

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

Grant Impact Stories

Emergency Grants During COVID-19

Emergency Grants During COVID-19

Over the course of ten weeks, the community coalition that we formed together with the Greater Ottawa County United Way, the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area, and other organizations has raised $872,679 for the Emergency Human Needs Fund, and awarded over 100 grants to area nonprofit organizations that are continuing to address the increase in basic human needs throughout the county. Here are a few stats:

Grant Recipient: Lakeshore Nonprofit Alliance

Grant Recipient: Lakeshore Nonprofit Alliance

LNA’s primary focus is to listen to the needs, challenges, and frustrations of local nonprofit organizations and work to provide high-quality, low-cost benefits and services in response. They believe that collaboration is such a key part of the solution that they include “by working together” as part of their Mission Statement. “We work together with our nonprofit partners to do good work,” said Patrick Cisler, Executive Director of LNA. “None of us can succeed in isolation.”

The Impact of Giving Back

The Impact of Giving Back

We say it a lot: we can’t do any of the work we do without the generosity of people like you supporting for-impact partners in our community through our Greatest Needs and Field of Interest Funds. Below are a few stories from recent grant recipients that were made possible because of your donations.

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