Youth Grants Program

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation's Youth Advisory Council awards $75,000 annually to support local programs and projects that work to expand programming and opportunities for the young people in the Tri-Cities area.



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: We Review your Letter of Inquiry

Within 2 weeks of submission, our staff will review your Letter of Inquiry to determine whether the project aligns with our grantmaking priorities and goals and respond to you with next steps.

2017 YAC Grantmaking Goals [pdf]


Step 3: You Complete a Grant Application

Information provided in your Letter of Inquiry not only determines whether the project aligns with our grantmaking priorities, but also helps us determine which committee would be best suited to review your proposal for potential funding. If eligible, the appropriate grant application will be made available to you through the online application portal.


Step 4: Grant Applications Reviewed

Staff conduct a thorough due diligence process on all submitted grant applications. A follow-up site visit may be scheduled prior to review by a committee.


2015 - 2016 Youth Advisory Council Dates

Grant Deadlines     YAC Grant Review Meeting Dates
January 11, 2017   February 8, 2017
April 12, 2017   May 10, 2017
September 27, 2017   TBD

Larger youth-focused grants may be reviewed by both the Grants Committee and the Youth Advisory Council for a co-funding opportunity.


Step 5: Final Grant Decisions are Made

Funding recommendation made by the committees are approved by the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation Board of Trustees.

Please contact Lauren Grevel with any questions, or call 616-842-6378.

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Grand Haven, Michigan 49417
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