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. The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant challenges for our local nonprofit sector. We recognize the need for patience and flexibility as nonprofits and funders alike navigate through this “temporary normal” together. Given that, our Fall 2020 grant cycle will focus exclusively on general operating support. 

Step 2: You email us. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, staff is currently working remotely. Please email [email protected] to discuss your funding needs and to receive the application.  Current deadline for grant applications is October 1, 2020.                                             

Step 3: You complete your grant application online; include your organization’s current operating budget and last year’s final budget; and a list of your organization’s board of directors. Applications must be submitted through the online grant portal by 11:59 PM 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 receive the funds and do the work. If you are awarded a grant, you will receive a letter that states the conditions of the grant. 

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. The Final Report Form is available by logging into our online grant portal. Extensions may be permitted on a case-by-case basis.

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