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.
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.
Dec 14, 2016 – Letter of Inquiry Due
Jan 11, 2017 – Grant Deadline
Feb 7, 2017 – Grant Committee Meeting
Feb 23, 2017 – Board Meeting
Mar 15, 2017 – Letter of Inquiry Due
April 12, 2017 – Grant Deadline
April 25, 2017 – Grant Committee Meeting
May 25, 2017 – Board Meeting
Aug 30, 2017 – Letter of Inquiry Due
Sept 27, 2017 – Grant Deadline
Oct 19, 2017 – Grant Committee Meeting
Nov 16, 2017 – Board Meeting
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.
January 11, 2017 – Grant Deadline
February 8, 2017 – YAC Grant Review Meeting
April 12, 2017 – Grant Deadline
May 10, 2017 – YAC Grant Review Meeting
September 27, 2017 – Grant Deadline
TBD – YAC Grant Review Meeting
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
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.
Last month we announced that we were giving away three $500 mini-grants on Facebook, and 2400 likes later, we have the winners! While there were fewer entrants this time around, the online participation was higher than in the previous two rounds, with several photos getting over 500 likes.
The Board of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation (GHACF) is pleased to announce seven second-round grant awards totaling $285,000 to support the northern Ottawa County community, including a $125,000 grant to the Ottawa County Parks Foundation for their Grand...