Youth Grant Program

We believe that our youth are our future, and it’s important to us to invest resources in initiatives and programs that have a positive impact on the youth in our community. Whether you’re here to fund a youth-focused program or considering a position on our Youth Advisory Council, we’d love to hear from you!

Important Dates

2021 Mental & Emotional Well-Being Grant

January 27, 2021  –  Grant Deadline
February 26, 2021  –  Notification

Traditional Youth Fund Grants (Exact dates TBD)

April 30, 2021  –  Grant Deadline
May 2021  –  Notification

October 29, 2021  –  Grant Deadline
December 2021  –  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.

The same grant process and guidelines apply, however, please ensure your inquiry addresses one or more of the YAC Grantmaking Guidelines. Larger youth-focused grants may be reviewed by both the Grants Committee and the Youth Advisory Council for a co-funding opportunity.

For questions about the Youth Advisory Council, contact our Education & Youth Initiatives Officer, Lauren Grevel.

Youth Advisory Council (YAC)

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) provides Tri-Cities area high school students with a unique opportunity to give back to their community, and to take on leadership roles as representatives of their community peers.

For questions about applying for membership to the Youth Advisory Council or other youth programs, contact our Education & Youth Initiatives Officer, Lauren Grevel.

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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