Grant Application Eligibility and Areas of Interest

Who is eligible for grants?
  • Tax-exempt, charitable organizations according to the IRS code, educational institutions, state agencies, or municipalities. Applicants must be current with their tax status and, if applicable, their registration to solicit charitable donations in Michigan;
  • Organizations that serve Emmet County or a significant number of Emmet County residents; and
  • Organizations that do not discriminate in hiring of staff or the provision of services.
What kinds of grants does the Community Foundation make?

We support a wide variety of organizations, programs and projects throughout Emmet County. We rely on our nonprofit partners to advise us of the needs in their fields through their grant requests so that the Community Foundation may meet those needs. Areas of interest are highlighted below, but we recognize that important or emerging needs require responsiveness and flexibility.

Arts and Culture

  • Promote financial stability and organizational development for arts organizations
  • Keep arts, cultural, and historical programs accessible, available and affordable


  • Support for opportunities beyond provisions of state-mandated curriculum (examples include, but are not limited to: student clubs, athletics, performing arts, after-school and summer programs organized and supervised by school personnel)
  • Support for career and technical education programs
  • Support for minor capital improvements which enhance student experience
  • Support for special initiatives that minimize education costs for low-income students


  • Support for projects to protect and restore green spaces, shorelines, dune areas, water quality and air quality
  • Environmental education for all ages
  • Promotion of comprehensive community planning, priorities and strategies

Community and Economic Development

  • Support the enhancement of downtown areas
  • Support thriving, livable, and walkable communities
  • Support sustainable local agriculture

Health and Human Services

  • Support for basic needs, including food, shelter, home heating, healthcare and childcare
  • Provide organizational support to keep those agencies addressing vital needs strong
  • Provide support for at-risk populations like seniors, women and children, individuals with disabilities, etc.


  • Keep recreational activities available and affordable for community individuals and youth
  • Support school or amateur athletics and recreational or sports camps
  • Support community parks, playgrounds, and trails

Youthview the YAC’s Youth Needs Assessment

  • Support public education institutions, especially enrichment programs
  • Support for early childhood care and education
  • Support for youth centers and constructive activities
  • Promote citizenship, leadership, and positive values

Good Food Initiative
We also have a more specific interest in increasing the viability of our local food and farm system, including support for projects that:

  • Help farmers/livestock producers keep their land in farming
  • Boost the economy through expanded production and purchase of local food and food products
  • Improve access by children and those in need to nutritious foods from local sources
  • Increase community appreciation for local food and farming
What kind of grants does the Community Foundation prefer not to review?

The Board of Trustees generally does not consider requests in excess of $15,000, annual fund-raising drives, services which are commonly recognized as government or school obligations, debt reduction, endowments, religious programs that advocate specific religious doctrines or do not serve the broader community, and individuals (other than scholarships).