Welcome! You'll use this site to apply for competitive grants, teacher mini-grants, and scholarships. 

Follow these links to review the instructions:

Applying for a Scholarship? The scholarship deadline is February 1, 2019. Click here for "Scholarship Application Detailed Instructions."

Applying for a Teacher Mini-Grant? Click here for instructions.

Applying for a grant from the Community Foundation for Muskegon, Ocean, and Mason Counties?

  • Applications open January 1, 2019
  • Applications of intent due February 14, 2019
  • Full application due February 28, 2019
  • Grants announced by May 1, 2019
  • Click here for "Grant Application Detailed Instructions"

If you have any questions, please contact:

Grant Application Assistance: Jocelyn Hines, Program Associate: 231-332-4118, jocelyn@muskegonfoundation.org 

Scholarship Assistance: Dana Scott, Scholarship Program Coordinator: 231-332-4104, dana@muskegonfoundation.org

Technical Assistance: support@submittable.com 

This application serves the scholarship programs of Muskegon, Oceana and Mason Counties, and is administered in Muskegon by Dana Scott, Scholarship Coordinator.  Your completed application may be submitted in three easy steps:

1.  Complete this application electronically and submit (by 11:59 pm on February 1, 2019) by clicking the "Submit My Data" button on the Finish screen.  You will receive a confirmation via email that your application was submitted successfully.

2.  Request an official transcript showing cumulative GPA, rank in class, and SAT scores from your guidance counselor.  High school students can submit a transcript using Parchment if available at your school, and college students can  have the records office send the transcript electronically to dana@muskegonfoundation.org.  Also, you may mail the transcript to the Community Foundation for Muskegon County at 425 W. Western Avenue, Suite 200, Muskegon, MI 49440 by February 1, 2019.    If you are dual enrolled, please submit your college transcript also!  If you are a current college student, a transcript from the college is the only transcript required.

3.  Provide financial information:  If you have completed your FAFSA, please provide the first page of your (SAR) Student Aid Report.  Email to dana@muskegonfoundation.org, or mail to the Community Foundation at 425 W. Western Avenue, Suite 200, Muskegon, MI 49440 by February 1, 2019.  Please notify the Foundation if you are unable to complete your FAFSA or want to be considered for merit-only scholarships.

It is very important to review your application before clicking the submit button. Our Scholarship Committee will use this information when they make decisions, so please make sure it is complete and accurate.  If you do not click the "Submit" button, your application will not be received by the Foundation and you will not be considered for a scholarship.  

When filling out narrative questions, you are limited to the space allowable on the printed version. Please refer to word limits, but also please make sure that nothing is cut-off on the printed version. Anything not visible will not be read.

Please remember to review the application checklist at the top of this page before submitting your application.

If you have any questions or need assistance with the scholarship application process, please contact Dana Scott, Scholarship Coordinator for Muskegon, Oceana and Mason Counties at the Community Foundation at dana@muskegonfoundation.org or (231) 332-4104.

This Application of Intent is your first step in the grant application process, where you share a brief overview of your project, including the timeline, budget, and alignment with our grant priorities. After submitting, you'll receive an automated email confirmation. Foundation staff will review your form, and let you know via email within three business days if we welcome a full grant application. Access to the full grant application comes via a web link in that email.

Note - When creating a login, whenever possible, utilize an email that isn't tied to an individual with the organization - e.g. grants@muskegonfoundation.org

Application Deadlines for all Counties:

Spring 2019: Apps of Intent due February 14, Grant Applications due February 28

Fall 2019: Apps of intent due August 15, Grant Applications due August 29

Grant Guidelines and Priorities

Before submitting a Application of Intent, please read about the grantmaking guidelines and priorities for the specific Community Foundation to which you wish to apply.


This Application of Intent is your first step in the grant application process in which you share a brief overview of your project, including the timeline, budget, and alignment with the grant priority of building an inclusive community. 

After submitting, you'll receive an automated email confirmation. Foundation staff will review your form, and let you know via email within three business days if we welcome a full grant application. Access to the full grant application comes via a web link in that email.

Note - When creating a login, whenever possible, utilize an email that isn't tied to an individual with the organization - e.g. grants@muskegonfoundation.org


Grant Guidelines and Priorities Before submitting a Application of Intent, please read about the general grantmaking guidelines/priorities HERE. To access the "Building An Inclusive Community- a Request for Grant Proposals", click HERE


Timeline

· January 2, 2019 – Application Opens

· February 14, 2019 – Application of Intent Deadline

· February 28, 2019 – Grant Application Deadline

· March-April 2019 – Committee Review

· May 2019 – Notification of Awards


Working Definitions

Diversity is the range of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin, and political beliefs. 

We appreciate and leverage our differences, and we involve and reflect the communities we serve.


Equity is promoting justice, impartiality and fairness within the procedures, processes, and distribution of resources by institutions or systems. Tackling equity issues requires an understanding of the underlying or root causes of outcome disparities within our society. 

We align our policies, practices, and resources so that people of all races, cultures, and socioeconomic statuses have genuine opportunities to thrive.


Inclusion is authentically bringing traditionally excluded individuals and/or groups into processes, activities, and decision/policy making in a way that shares power.

We create an environment in which everyone feels valued and respected.
 

Teacher Mini-Grants
Our Youth Advisory Council (YAC) invites teachers to apply for mini-grants to help them out in the classroom. Whether it’s a new idea or that little extra you need to make your lesson plans great, you can brighten your classroom with help from the YAC.

Who
Public and private school teachers and counselors in Muskegon/Oceana/Mason Counties are eligible to apply. You can only submit one application, and grants are limited to one per classroom and one per teacher per school year.

What
Grants can be up to $250 for specific projects or programs including: program enhancement that meets curriculum guidelines, expanding an already existing unit, student awards, special events, professional development, artists in residence and parent involvement programs. Grants are not awarded for basic, everyday supplies. YAC does not typically fund field trips, iPads, or school store projects.


When 

Deadline for Oceana: February 8, 2019

Deadline for Mason: October 2019 - date TBA

Deadline for Muskegon: October 2019 - date TBA

Grant awards are distributed about six weeks after the application deadline.  


How  

Teacher mini-grant applications should be submitted online via our Submittable service. An evaluation and photos will be required for each mini-grant that is funded. Please read the instructions prior to creating your registration, or completing the application.     Application Deadlines:  Applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, October 26, 2018.


New This Round for Teachers Within Muskegon County

Preference will be given to Teacher Mini-Grant applications that are in support of programming that directly impacts areas of greatest need among youth in Muskegon County, as determined by the 2018 Community Needs Assessment Survey (For detailed information about the survey, visit www.muskegonfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/YAC-2018-Needs-Assessment-Survey.pdf) . These areas are:

  • Academic Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Bullying/Cyberbullying
  • Mental Health
  • Low Self-Esteem

The application will ask you to share the names of any resources you may have used in your lesson plans. This is not a required field. For suggestions on lesson plans, visit www.LearningToGive.org. 


All Counties: If interested in  additional mini-grant opportunities for service learning, please visit https://www.learningtogive.org/get-started/mini-grants-service-learning.

Community Foundation for Muskegon County