Connecting local people with local resources

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We’re improving the quality of life for people in Emmet County by connecting donors with community needs, building a permanent source of charitable funds for the region and addressing community issues. Together we can do more.

Community Foundation purchases Emmet Street property for workforce housing


The Lofts at Lumber Square housing development moves another step closer to reality with the purchase of the Gruler property, former site of Hankey Lumber Company. 

2021-2022 Annual Report

Our 2021-2022 Annual Report is available online now! Read more about your Community Foundation's  30 years of giving and community impact.

We’re a connector, partner, collaborator and resource to fuel the power of community for the greater good.

Since 1992, the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation has helped generous donors and innovative nonprofits come together to create positive change in Emmet County.

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We value the opportunity to partner with your organization on this work to improve the community we all treasure.

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Apply for a Scholarship

Our scholarship program exists to lessen the financial burden for students who are continuing their education.

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Learn how to Donate

Support the causes that are meaningful to you with a gift to the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation.

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Investing in Housing in Emmet County

Attainable housing continues to be a critical issue we’re dedicated to solving.

Continuing our commitment to housing, the Community Foundation approved a short-term, zero interest loan of $120,000 to Northwest Michigan Habitat for Humanity in September 2020. The loan, now fully repaid, allowed Habitat to purchase a modular-style home for one of its lots in Oden.

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Our Strategic Initiatives


We’re dedicated to supporting affordable housing and attainable housing solutions in our beautiful area.

Public Transit

We’re working with community leaders to identify a viable, efficient transit service for Emmet County residents.

Clean Energy

We continue to support clean energy initiatives throughout Emmet County.

Local Food

Our early investments in local food initiatives have helped grow today’s vibrant local food system.

Legacies at Work

Generosity through planned giving helps us build a stronger community.

These charitable-minded folks, while no longer with us, continue to have a major impact through the legacies they started as members of the John S. Clark Legacy Society.  Twenty-seven funds with a current asset value of over $14.6 million dollars, are hard at work making a difference in Emmet County.

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The Latest News at The Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation

Read our most recent news including grant announcements, upcoming events and what we’re working on most immediately. Be sure to check out other updates via our Instagram feed. There are always interesting things happening in our community.

Community Foundation officially "launched" thirty years ago

In July 1992, a group of community-minded, forward-thinking people gathered to officially launch something remarkable: your Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation. On Thursday, July 16,…

2022 Scholarship Recipients Announced

Graduation season has arrived and, around Emmet County, 39 local high school graduates are starting or continuing college with $64,250 worth of assistance and the support of their community. Since the…

College, Community Foundation join to address local child care shortage

North Central Michigan College has partnered with the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation on a yearlong research project to provide innovative solutions to Emmet County’s child care…

Community Foundation purchases Emmet Street property for workforce housing

A proposed 60-unit workforce housing development moved another step closer to reality this week as the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation purchased the Gruler property at 900 Emmet…

Celebrating 30 years of community impact with our colleagues in northwest lower Michigan

In 1992, three distinct groups of thoughtful, forward-thinking community members gathered in northwest lower Michigan. Each of these groups shared a common vision: to invest in their respective…

Remembering Ted Frey (1944-2022)

The Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation lost a founder, mentor and friend this week with the passing of Ted Frey. Ted served first as a champion of the community foundation model here in…