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

Traditional Youth Fund Grants (Exact dates TBD)

October 29, 2021  –  Grant Deadline
December 2021  –  Notification

April 1, 2022  –  Grant Deadline
May 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.

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 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.


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