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

for GHACF grants

November 21, 2018  –  Letter of Inquiry Due
January 2, 2019  –  Grant Deadline
March 1, 2019  –  Notification

February 20, 2019  –  Letter of Inquiry Due
April 3, 2019  –  Grant Deadline
May 23, 2019  –  Notification

August 21, 2019  –  Letter of Inquiry Due
October 2, 2019  –  Grant Deadline
November 16, 2019  –  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

Our Annual Report is Now Available

Our annual report is now available! Download a PDF from our website or view the digital version online. Inside we highlight six grants from the past year, our YAC’s youth empowerment mission, countless new funds, and we even share how each team member at the GHACF gives back to the community. 

Facebook Mini-Grant Winners

Last month, seven area nonprofit organizations participated in our latest Facebook Mini-Grant round. After 708 total votes, three were declared the winners. Congratulations to our winners: Hope House, LifeWorks, and R.E.A.D.

Recent Grant to Aid Adult Literacy

We’re pleased to announce six second-round grant awards totaling $382,958 to support the Northwest Ottawa County community, including a $10,000 grant to R.E.A.D. (Reading Enables Adult Development) to provide training and resources for their English as a Second Language (ESL) program.

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