How to Apply for Grants

 Our mission is to improve the quality of life for all people in Emmet County, by:
  • Connecting donors with community needs
  • Building a permanent source of charitable funds to serve our area
  • Addressing a broad range of community issues through innovative grantmaking
  • Championing philanthropy and active citizenship

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

Step 1: Check out our eligibility requirements and areas of interest. Determine if your organization is eligible to apply for funding from the Community Foundation. We make a wide variety of grants, but we have a preference for those detailed in our areas of interest. We ask that you choose your organization’s priority and apply for one need at a time.

Step 2: You call us. Please call the Community Foundation to discuss your proposal and to receive the application.  Current deadlines for grant applications are March 2 and October 1, 2020.                                             

Step 3: You complete your grant application, including the Grant Application Project Budget Form; include your organization’s current operating budget and last year’s final budget; and a list of your organization’s board of directors. Please email a signed electronic copy of the application and attachments to or submit the complete signed copy of the application and attachments to 616 Petoskey Street, Suite 203, Petoskey, MI, 49770 by 5pm on the day of the deadline.

Step 4: We review your grant application. We will send you acknowledgment within a week of the deadline. If the request will be reviewed by the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC), we’ll ask you to choose a time to present on Grant Interview Day. For applications serving the broader community, staff may follow up to learn more about your project.

Step 5: We make grant decisions. The YAC and the Grant Distribution Committee will make their recommendations to the Board of Trustees at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting. This process takes approximately two months. You will be notified by Community Foundation staff as soon as possible following the Board’s decision.

Step 6: You request the funds and do the work. If you are awarded a grant, you will receive a letter that states the conditions of the grant. You must request the funds when you are ready to use them (please note that the Community Foundation cuts checks in the middle and at the end of each month).

Step 7: You report on your work. The term of a grant award is nine months. If grant funds are not used within the grant period, the grant is considered cancelled and no longer available to the recipient. At the end of the grant period, or the completion of the project, we ask that you submit a Final Report responding to the goals and activities articulated in the application. You can get the Final Report Form from the website or by calling the Community Foundation office. Extensions may be permitted on a case-by-case basis.

Questions? Please contact either Sarah Ford or Kassia Perpich at; call us at 348-5820; or visit us at 616 Petoskey Street, Suite 203 in Petoskey.