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

The following applications are now open:

  • Adult Student Applications - 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. This application will be open from July 1, 2020 to October 1, 2020  
  • The General Scholarship Application for both Muskegon and Mason County students will open on October 1, 2020, and the deadline will be February 1, 2021.  Click here for "Scholarship Application Detailed Instructions."
  • Mason County Youth Advisory Council Teacher Mini-Grants – The application deadline is Friday, October 9.  More information about grant priorities can be found here.
  • Community Foundation for Muskegon County Strategic Grants: open now, invitation only.

The following applications are not currently open:

  • Community Foundation for Mason County Competitive Grants: Will open again in the Spring of 2021
  • Muskegon Committee Grant Application - The following committees will accept application again in the Spring of 2021: Environmental, Muskegon County Lions Club, Muskegon County Medical Society, Greater Muskegon Service League's Women and Children's Fund, Youth Advisory Council, White Lake Community Fund. Applications will open in early 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Grant Application Assistance: Jocelyn Hines, Program Officer: 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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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 County 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 : Friday, November 6, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.  Recipients will be notified of their grant status by December 4, 2020

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.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Jocelyn Hines, Program Officer: 231-332-4118, jocelyn@muskegonfoundation.org 

Colleen Zahrt, Communications Officer: 231-332-4131, colleen@muskegonfoundation.org

Technical Assistance: support@submittable.com 


PLEASE READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE YOU CONTINUE.  This application serves the scholarship programs of Muskegon and Mason Counties located in Michigan only. Eligible students must be residents of these counties or plan to graduate from districts located within these counties. Do not complete this application if you are using the Muskegon Promise but please apply when you are moving on to a four year college or university. Your completed application may be submitted in three easy steps:

1.  Complete this application electronically and submit (by 11:59 pm on February 1, 2021) by clicking the "Submit My Data" button on the Finish screen.  You will receive confirmation via email that your application was submitted successfully.

2.  Request an official transcript showing cumulative GPA, rank in class, and SAT scores. 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, 2021. If you are dual enrolled, please submit your college transcript as well.  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 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), please provide the first page of your Student Aid Report (SAR). Email to dana@muskegonfoundation.org, or mail to the Community Foundation for Muskegon County at 425 W. Western Avenue, Suite 200, Muskegon, MI 49440 by February 1, 2021. 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 and Mason Counties at the Community Foundation at dana@muskegonfoundation.org or (231) 332-4104.

This form is ONLY to be completed by organizations that submitted their grant application in eGrant, but need to submit a final grant report in Submittable.

If you are submitting a final grant report for an application originally submitted in submittable, you'll use the "additional form" assigned to your grant.

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, 2021.  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: grants@muskegonfoundation.org, 231-722-4538

Mason: Monique Selimos, Monique.selimos@gmail.com, 231-845-0326

Community Foundation for Muskegon County