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?

  • Full application due February 28, 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 

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Adult student scholarships are offered on a rolling basis to Muskegon County residents (or residents of a Muskegon-based school district) who have been out of high school for at least two years and/or have a gap in their post-secondary education.  Adult students are often (but not always) prospective undergraduate students who are 25 years of age or older. Adult students may also have other identifying criteria, such as full-time employment, parenthood, care of elderly parents, or prior military service. If you meet this criteria, please read on!

This application serves adult students who are residents of Muskegon County. Your completed application may be submitted in three easy steps: 

1. Complete this application electronically and submit by clicking the "Submit My Data" button on the Finish screen. You will receive a confirmation via email that your application was submitted successfully. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. 

2. If you are currently enrolled in a degree or credential-seeking program, request an official transcript. You may submit it electronically to dana@muskegonfoundation.org, or mail the transcript to the Community Foundation for Muskegon County at 425 W. Western Avenue, Suite 200, Muskegon, MI 49440.

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. Please notify the Foundation if you are unable to complete your FAFSA. 

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 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.

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.

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.

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.


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.  


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.     

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.

Teacher Mini-Grant Final Grant Report (FGR)

The Youth Advisory Council of the Community Foundation is pleased to have supported your project with a Teacher Mini-Grant. As such, a grant evaluation is due by June 15, 2019.  Please complete this final grant report so that we can consider you for funding in future years! 

To access the final grant report, click on your name and “My Submissions,” and select “All Submissions”.

Click on the Teacher Mini-Grant Application that you’re reporting on, and navigate to the “Teacher Mini-Grant Final Grant Report” tab:

Complete the questions, hit “Submit” and you’re all done! 

The evaluation form has space to include news releases, photographs, and other supplemental materials – please share your successes with us! 

The Community Foundation and the Youth Advisory Council are pleased to support your project. Thank you again for your commitment to education!

If you have questions, please contact your YAC Advisor/Foundation staff: 

Muskegon: JacQuaye A. Payne, jacquaye@muskegonfoundation.org, 231-332-4124

Oceana: Tammy Carey, tcarey@cffmc.org, 231-861-8335

Mason: Andrea Large, alarge@cffmc.org, 231-845-0326

Community Foundation for Muskegon County