Impact Grants 

Impact Grants range from $10,000 to $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 or leverage a 1:1 cash match.

Impact Grant Timeline

  • December 1, 2018: Preliminary application available. 

  • February 4, 2019, 5:00 p.m.: Preliminary application due

  • March 18, 2019: Preliminary Applicants receive either a denial or an invitation to submit a full application and supplemental documents. 

  • April 18, 2019: Full grant application due

  • June 26, 2019: Grant decisions made


    To apply for funding, projects must meet at least one of the following Impact Criteria:

  • Significantly increase the long-term impact of an organization or program, not to provide cash assistance for ongoing operations. Operating expenses are defined as routine expenses in an organization’s operating budget, including expenses related to existing, ongoing programming, occupancy, administration, etc. Our committee will not provide grants that simply fill a gap in a nonprofit’s operating budget. For example: Impact grants will not be made to purchase food for a pantry, but our committee may consider purchasing refrigeration and storage equipment that would allow a food pantry to stock fresh meat, dairy and produce in order to provide healthier options for recipients.

  • Significantly increase the organization’s ability to reach underserved populations, not to simply serve more people. For example:  Impact grants will not be made to support additional people utilizing an existing program, but our committee may fund some costs of starting a satellite program to serve people in a different area of town. To qualify, the need for expanded services must be substantiated along with a detailed sustainability plan for long-term increased services.

  • Enable two or more nonprofits to work collaboratively to create transformative and sustainable community change. For example, two organizations serving the same constituents may implement a new or expanded program together that would otherwise be impossible without collaboration. 

  • Regarding Capital Campaigns:  We will consider leadership gifts at the beginning of capital campaigns in order to leverage other giving. Please contact us for information.

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