Grants at the Community Foundation

The Community Foundation is a public charity organized as a collection of permanent endowments. The income from these endowed funds is awarded to provide charitable funding to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and other eligible entities such as municipalities, schools and faith-based organizations, for projects that predominantly benefit residents of Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties, Michigan. Grant applications are reviewed and selected by a volunteer committee. 


Online grant applications for 2020 will be available December 1, 2019.


Grant Guidelines

To qualify for a grant from the Community Foundation's competitive grant process, your organization must have both of the following: 

1. Federal tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; OR you must apply through a fiscal agent that meets this criteria.

2. State of Michigan Charitable Solicitation License (unless your organization raises funds exclusively using volunteers and receives less than $25,000 a year; OR if your organization is designated by the State as an “other qualifying entity.”) For information, please visit the Michigan Attorney General website. 

Grant Categories

A nonprofit organization may qualify for multiple grant categories, however, only one grant application per category will be accepted from each organization. Click each link for more details.

Impact Grants: $10,000 - $75,000. Impact grantees are not eligible to apply in consecutive years. Projects must predominantly benefit residents of Ingham, Eaton or Clinton counties. Impact Grants must fulfill a 1:1 cash match and must not be for routine operating expenses.

Capacity Building Grants: Up to $40,000. These grants are made to support capacity-building efforts that increase a nonprofit’s sustainability and effectiveness by strengthening management systems and governance. 

Mini Grants: Up to $5,000. These are reserved for organizations whose annual operating budget is no more than $350,000. Mini-grants can be requested for ongoing programming or projects. These requests are provided to the Foundation's donor-advised fund holders for consideration. Mini Grants are best suited to programs or projects that are not time-sensitive. There is no guarantee that your proposal will be selected for full or partial funding, or that it will be funded within a certain time frame.

Youth Grants: Organizations eligible for Youth Grants must serve youth and teens in the Greater Lansing, Charlotte or St. Johns areas. The Youth Action Committee is especially interested in proposals that address the issues identified in the youth Needs Assessment survey. Local nonprofit organizations that address the issues identified in the survey will be personally invited to apply for a Youth Grant.  If you would like to be considered, contact us.

What the Foundation Generally Cannot Fund: 

  • Religious programs
  • Individuals
  • International organizations
  • Endowment funds
  • Existing obligations, debts or liabilities, incurred before the grant committee decision date

We regret that applications cannot be considered if:
- You have not been invited to apply
- You do not use our e-Grant system
- You do not complete every question
- You miss the deadline
- You have an overdue Evaluation from a previous Community Foundation grant

Regarding Capital Campaigns

We will consider leadership gifts at the beginning of a capital campaign, to help leverage other giving. Please contact us for information.

Inclusion and Non-Discrimination

The Community Foundation values projects and agencies that promote inclusiveness and that do not discriminate in hiring staff or providing services on the basis of race, gender, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability.


If you have any questions about the Community Foundation grants please contact us at 517-272-2870 or

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