Grants

Grantmaking Priorities

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation will consider grants that seek to enhance the quality of life and promote a healthy, inclusive, collaborative, and diverse community in Northwest Ottawa County.

Click the icons below to learn more about our individual priorities and how you can help support their funds!

Grant Application Process

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation is proud of our role as a community grantmaker. We aim to increase the capacity of the nonprofit sector by making strategic community investments in programs that advance our mission of improving and enhancing the Northwest Ottawa County area.

Step 1: Submit a Letter of Inquiry

If you have an idea for a project, you may submit a Letter of Inquiry at any time. We recommend that you submit your Inquiry a minimum of 4-6 weeks before the grant deadline.

Step 2: Letter of Inquiry Reviewed

Within 2 weeks of submission, our team will review your Letter of Inquiry to determine whether the project aligns with our grantmaking priorities, then respond to you.

Step 3: Complete a Grant Application

Your Letter of Inquiry helps determine whether the project aligns with our grantmaking priorities. If eligible, the appropriate grant application will be made available to you through the online application portal.

Step 4: Grant Applications Reviewed

Our team conducts a thorough due diligence process on all submitted grant applications. A site visit may be scheduled prior to review by our Grants Committee.

Funding Eligibility

Please consider whether your organization meets the following requirements:

  • Has a current 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS, is a unit of government, or a religious or educational institution.
  • Serves the Northwest Ottawa County or greater West Michigan region.
  • Addresses one or more of the foundation’s grantmaking priorities of funding sources for the program or project in order to demonstrate sustainability.

Important Dates

November 22, 2017  –  Letter of Inquiry Due
January 3, 2018  –  Grant Deadline
February 23, 2018  –  Notification

February 21, 2018  –  Letter of Inquiry Due
April 4, 2018  –  Grant Deadline
June 1, 2018  –  Notification

August 22, 2018  –  Letter of Inquiry Due
October 3, 2018  –  Grant Deadline
November 16, 2018  –  Notification

Youth Grant Program

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council awards funding annually to support local programs and projects that work to seed and expand programming and opportunities for the young people in our community.

The same grant process and guidelines apply, however, please ensure your inquiry addresses one or more of the YAC Grantmaking Priorities. Larger youth-focused grants may be reviewed by both the Grants Committee and the Youth Advisory Council for a co-funding opportunity.

Important Dates

November 22, 2017  –  Letter of Inquiry Due
January 3, 2018  –  Grant Deadline
February 23, 2018  –  Notification

February 21, 2018  –  Letter of Inquiry Due
April 4, 2018  –  Grant Deadline
June 1, 2018  –  Notification

August 22, 2018  –  Letter of Inquiry Due
October 3, 2018  –  Grant Deadline
November 16, 2018  –  Notification

For questions about the grant portal or our grantmaking process and guidelines, contact our Director of Grants & Program, Holly Cole.

For questions about the grant portal or our grantmaking process and guidelines, contact our Grants & Program Officer, Lauren Grevel.

Grant Impact Stories

Grant to Help Grow Small Businesses on the Lakeshore

We are pleased to announce eight first-round grant awards totaling $191,572 to support the northern Ottawa County community, including a $10,000 grant to Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) for their Lakeshore expansion. GROW is focused on supporting women and men at various stages of business ownership. With this grant, they plan to increase services and support for minority-owned lakeshore small businesses through the offering of additional classes, one-on-one business counseling opportunities, and micro-lending.

Giving Area Students the Literacy Boost They Need

The State of Michigan passed a new law that beginning in the 2019- 2020 school year, all students must be reading and writing at or above grade level expectations by third grade or potentially face mandatory retention. This grant is a proactive step by GHACF and the Grants Committee to help our students in the districts of Spring Lake and Grand Haven meet this educational mandate.

Grant Focus: The Salvation Army of Grand Haven

In the spring of 2017, the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation awarded The Salvation Army of Grand Haven a $125,000 grant to go towards their Campaign for Area Families & Children capital campaign and building expansion project.