Local Funders

There are several other grantmaking organizations in the area who aim to improve our community.  Below you will find a short introduction to those clubs and foundations, as well as more information so that you may contact them directly.

Baiardi Family Foundation: The mission remains to support and effect positive change within several main categories of giving, specifically: Health Care, Education, The Arts, Environmental Stewardship, Land Use and Conservation, Catholic and Judeo-Christian Traditions and Values, and Community Resource. See www.baiardifoundation.org for more information.

Bay Harbor Foundation: The mission of the Bay Harbor Foundation is to provide a process for receiving donations and distributing grants in Northern Lower Michigan that provide programs in the arts, education, a scholar program, the environmental and health & human services. They require a letter of intent due June 1; those invited to apply will hear about grant decisions in late July. See www.bayharborfoundation.org for more information.

Charlevoix County Community Foundation: The mission is to enhance the quality of life in Charlevoix County, now and for generations to come, by building permanent charitable endowment from a wide range of donors, addressing needs through grant making, and providing leadership on matters of community concern. CCCF has grant application deadlines on March 1 and October 1 and requires a phone call conversation prior to application. See www.c3f.org for more information.

Char-Em United Way: The mission is to improve the lives of people in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties by working together to share community resources. UW’s three priorities include education: Helping children and youth achieve their potential; Income: Helping families become financial stable and independent, while ensuring that basic needs are met; and Health: improving people’s health. Letters of intent are due in early January, followed by the invitation to apply. Requests will be reviewed by the Citizen Review Panel in April and the Board will consider the recommendations in May.  See www.charemunitedway.org for more information.

DTE Energy Foundation: The Foundation supports areas like leadership development, education, higher learning, environment, diversity, and human needs. They make grants quarterly. See their website for more information.

Great Lakes Energy People’s Fund: Great Lakes Energy members help to enhance the quality of life for people in our communities through the People Fund. Bills of participating members are “rounded up” to the next dollar amount and grants are awarded to non-profit organizations and charitable activities throughout our service area. Grants are awarded by three independent Boards of Directors representing three geographical regions – south, central and north, with three grant cycles each year. Deadlines are February 1, June 1, and October 1. See www.gtlakes.com/people-fund/program-details/ for more information.

Kiwanis Foundation of Harbor Springs: Grants to benefit the education, growth, and development of youth in the community with deadlines of April 1 and October 1. Email hskiwanisclub@gmail.com with the subject line “grant request”.

Oleson Family Foundation: Offers funding for sustainable, collaborative projects and programs that improve the quality of life for area residents, serving Grand Traverse, Emmet, Charlevoix, Benzie, and Manistee counties. Applications are accepted January 1 through April 1 with board decisions in June. See www.olesonfoundation.org for more.

Petoskey Area Zonta Club: Grants to improve and enhance the status of women and girls in Emmet County. Notice of funds available in October with a deadline in November and distributions in January. Email hlnanook@charter.net for more information.

Petoskey Rotary Club Charities Inc (PRCCI): Grants for start up or seed money in the $500 – $1,500 range with deadlines in April and October. See www.petoskeyrotary.org for more information.

Petoskey Sunrise Rotary Club: Funding is on a case by case basis by contact to current (2011) president, Andy Hayes, at andy@northernlakes.net or 231-582-6482.

Rotary Park Fund: Support for capital projects with a $5,000 minimum in Emmet, Charlevoix, and Cheboygan counties. The current deadline is March 15. See www.petoskeyrotary.org for more information.

Zonta Club of Petoskey: All projects to be funded must in some way be tied to the ZONTA mission, which is to improve and enhance the status of women.  Requests for projects should be focused on girls/women and show how the proposed project would be a benefit to women and/or girls.  Programs must exist and be carried out in the Emmet County area.  Application is typically available in October, with funds distributed in February.