Grants at our Community Foundation

The Community Foundation is a public charity organized as a collection of permanent endowments.  The income from these endowed funds is awarded through a grant application process to provide charitable funding to non-profits classified by the IRS as 501(c)(3) organizations and other eligible entities (such as municipalities, schools and faith-based organizations), for projects that primarily benefit residents of Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties in Michigan. 

A nonprofit may qualify for more than one grant category per year. However, because funding is limited, nonprofits should be thoughtful before submitting applications for multiple categories. Only one grant application per category will be accepted. 

2019 Grantmaking Guidelines

  • Impact Grants (Impact Grantees are not eligible to apply in consecutive years. Impact grants must leverage or fulfill a 1:1 cash match.)
  • Capacity Building Grants (2019 capacity-building grants are only available to capacity building partners who were funded in 2017 and/or 2018.)
  • Mini-Grants
  • YAC Grants
  • Ovid-Elsie Community Fund Grant Application (Next application period is September 1 - October 15, 2019)
  • Patrons Fund - Faith Based Organization Grant Application (Next application period is May 1 - July 1, 2019)
  • Patrons Fund - Playground Grant Application (Next application period is Feb 1 - April 1, 2019) This grant is awarded on a rotating basis each year. Eaton County in 2019, Clinton County in 2020, Ingham County in 2021.
  • Patrons Fund Playground Application Budget Template

What our Community Foundation generally will not fund

The following are areas which will not be considered for funding through the application process at this time:

  • Sectarian or religious programs
  • Individuals
  • International organizations
  • Endowment funds
  • Annual meetings
  • Routine operating expenses (existing programming and administration)
  • Existing obligations, debts or liabilities, incurred before committee reviews proposal 

Regarding Capital Campaigns

Our Community Foundation will consider leadership gifts at the beginning of capital campaigns in order to leverage other giving. Please contact us for information.

Regarding colleges, universities and schools

For Impact Grants, our Community Foundation will not support routine operating expenses, projects and activities, or equipment which are within the primary instructional and service responsibilities of a college, university or school, or which benefit only the college, university or school faculty, staff and students.  Applications for funding of projects and activities sponsored or provided by colleges, universities and schools must: 1) demonstrate benefit to the broader community, beyond the academic institution, and 2) include letters of support from community organizations with their applications. 


Inclusion/Non-discrimination Statement

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.


Revised 11/29/2018

Contact Information

330 Marshall St. | Suite 300 | Lansing, MI 48912 | Directions
P: (517) 272-2870 | F: (517) 272-2871 | Email Us

Fundholder Login

Connect with Us

Stay Informed