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.   
  • The General Scholarship Application for both Muskegon and Mason County students is now open, with a deadline of February 1, 2021.  Click here for "Scholarship Application Detailed Instructions."
  • Community Foundation for Mason County Competitive Grants: Open now - deadline is February 28, 2021
  • 2021 Student Engagement and Attendance Mini-Grants are now open, deadline is February 1, 2021
  • Muskegon Committee Grant Application - The following committees are accepting applications: 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 of intent are due February 11, and and the deadline for the full application is February 25, 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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Student Engagement and Attendance Mini-grants

Research shows that chronic absenteeism, missing 10% (18 days) of the school year, severely reduces students' ability to learn fundamental skills. As a result, chronically absent students are unlikely to ever catch up to their peers who attend school regularly. This learning loss results in lower math and reading scores and reduced graduation rates. During times of COVID-19, the ability to engage students and ensure class participation and attendance has become an even bigger challenge.

In response to this growing problem, the Community Foundation - in partnership with the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) - is offering Student Engagement and Attendance Mini-grants. Over 500 Muskegon County educators were surveyed, and 80% expressed a need for help in keeping students engaged in learning. Based on their feedback, this mini-grant opportunity was developed. The mini-grant round will support teachers in their effort to increase and sustain student engagement and attendance.

Public and private school teachers in Muskegon County are eligible to apply. Please submit one application per teacher.

Grants of up to $750* are available to support creative ideas designed to increase student engagement and attendance. Examples include, but are not limited to, magazine subscriptions, fidget items, headphones, teacher tutorials, and student incentives. Items that will not be funded include student internet access, devices (e.g., iPads/Chromebooks), staff time, and mileage.

In the spring of 2020, funds were awarded to Hackley Public Library and MADL to purchase WiFi hotspots. If internet access is an issue, we encourage partnership with your local library. Grants were also awarded to various partners to afford student devices (e.g., iPads/Chromebooks). If student devices are a need, please contact the Community Foundation at info@muskegonfoundation.org.

*If your strategy to address this issue is a grade-level, building, or district-wide effort, please contact Amy Moore to discuss potentially larger grant awards to address the highest need: amy@muskegonfoundation.org.

Grant decisions will be made on a rolling basis. Applications will be accepted until Monday, February 1, at 5:00 p.m. We will respond to the grant request as soon as possible, with final decisions by March 1.

Teacher Mini-grant applications should be submitted online via our Submittable service.

Please request only the amount of funding you need for the project. Only a finite number of dollars are available, and we want to support as many teachers as possible.

An evaluation report will be required for each mini-grant that is funded. Reports will be due by the end of the 2020-2021 school year. 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 

Technical Assistance: support@submittable.com

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:

Spring 2021: Application of Intent - February 11

Full grant application: February 25

Grant Guidelines and Priorities In the spring of 2021, we are only accepting grant applications for the following grant committees:

  • Environment - environmental education, land use planning and management, conservation and restoration of natural areas. $13,276 available for grants in 2021.  In addition, this committee oversees the James Hanna and Mary H. Murphy Land Fund, which supports acquiring, conserving, or enhancing public accessibility to green space, open lands natural parks, or undeveloped land its natural state West of US 31.  This fund has $48,756 available for grants in 2021
  • Muskegon County Lions Club - supports hearing and vision services for Muskegon County residents, $46,125 available for grants in 2021
  • Muskegon County Medical Society - supports medical training and STEM education related to the medical field.  $18,400 available for grants in 2021
  • Greater Muskegon Service League's Women and Children's Fund - supports programs and projects that benefit women & children, $16,710 available for grants in 2021
  • Youth Advisory Council - a youth grantmaking committee with student representatives from throughout Muskegon County.  This committee supports programs and projects related to mental health for youth.  $57,014 available for grants in 2021
  • White Lake Community Fund - supports programs and projects that benefit residents of the White Lake Area, $73,628 available for grants in 2021

Welcome to the Community Foundation for Mason County grant application process.

All grant recommendations are made by volunteer grant committees, and approved by the Foundation Advisory Board.  Decisions are shared with the organization within three months of the application deadline - often sooner.

This grant application form auto-saves, but you're welcome to hit the "save draft" button at the bottom of the form at any time.  Once submitted, you will receive an email confirmation.  

Application Deadline:  

Spring 2021 grant deadline:  February 28, 2021

Fall 2021 grant deadline: September 23, 2021

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