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 Grants Additional $223,927 for COVID-19 Relief

Foundation Grants Additional $223,927 for COVID-19 Relief

“Winter always brings a higher level of need in our community, and the pandemic has only amplified that. Many of our partners are striving to simply maintain operations, while others have been required to greatly expand their capacity, all while complying with critical health and safety standards that have unfortunately limited their opportunities to generate revenue and fundraise.” – Holly Cole, Vice President of Grants and Program

Grant Helps Support Innovative Food Industry

Grant Helps Support Innovative Food Industry

The Board of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation (GHACF) is pleased to announce eight third-round Community Impact grant awards, totaling $204,720, in support of Northwest Ottawa County and our surrounding communities. This includes a $75,000 grant to Muskegon Area First for the West Michigan Food Processing Association’s (WMFPA) FutureFood21 program: “Healthy Food & Sustainability through Increased Education.”

You Can Make an Impact in Our Community

You Can Make an Impact in Our Community

Throughout our 49-year history, our Greatest Needs Fund has existed to provide support or the future needs that we can’t always anticipate. No year has demonstrated this more than 2020. While we have all been challenged by the upheaval that our world has faced since March, the response from our community has been—and continues to be—inspiring.

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