"Let Us Help You Create Your Legacy."
"Let Us Help You Create Your Legacy."
Grants from unrestricted funds support a variety of programs and services throughout Ottawa County. We focus on making the maximum positive effort for our community.
Our scholarship funds annually assist local high school seniors in their pursuit of higher education and training. Several special scholarships are also available.
You may establish a named fund with the Foundation either during your lifetime or through your estate plan. Many options are available to donors to begin their fund.
COVID-19 turned our world upside down in countless ways. In response to the extra needs of many local nonprofits during the pandemic, the Ottawa County Community Foundation (OCCF) initiated a Rapid Response effort in April 2020 to provide emergency assistance. As we mark one year of challenges, we are pleased to acknowledge the great work that the Rapid Response effort was able to provide throughout Ottawa County. Fifteen local nonprofit organizations received funding during the last year to help with food, cleaning supplies, personal protective equipment, etc.
A total of $63,485 has been distributed. We would like to extend a sincere Thank You to the over 40 donors whose generosity made it possible for us to quickly respond to the special needs created by the pandemic.
Thanks to significant support from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, OCCF is proud to collaborate with the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation to bring the Regional Incubator for Sustainability and Entrepreneurship (RISE) Program’s Small Business Innovation Grant to Ottawa County.
The grant focused on assisting existing Ottawa County entrepreneurs to help grow their businesses, which include innovative and strategic investments to thrive and adapt given recent events.
The RISE Grant Program has awarded $61,985 in funding to 23 small businesses in pursuit of sustainability and growth with special consideration for those impacted by the recent public health emergency. For more information about RISE, click on the tab below.
The Foundation annually awards Community Grants in the fields of education, social services, physical and mental health, safe and positive living environments, natural resources, and the arts. Nonprofit organizations located in or serving Ottawa County are invited to submit a request for grant funding. Grants are made possible from several unrestricted Funds held by the Foundation. Applications must be received by March 15 each year to be considered for funding. Grants awards are announced in mid June.
In 2021, an online portal for applications was unveiled. Information on using the online application system is available on the Grants page. Applicants may alternatively download the Guidelines for Grant Seekers located on the Grants page and submit their application by mail.
The Ottawa County Community Foundation (OCCF) family was faced with a heartbreaking personal loss when our founder and president Joy Roth passed away unexpectedly in July. For more than 20 years, Joy was OCCF’s foremost champion, working tirelessly to promote the Foundation’s mission of “Doing Good. Forever.” She always had a smile on her face and a positive attitude in her heart. As one Board member said, “Joy’s name exemplified her life.” Her passion for the mission of OCCF and her boundless energy have grown it into the vibrant Community Foundation that it is today with $10 million in assets and over 90 established funds.
The Foundation will continue to honor Joy’s legacy through scholarships and grants to Ottawa County nonprofits, schools, and communities. Joy's family has asked that memorial contributions be directed to The Founder's Fund, established in her honor at our 20th Anniversary celebration.
You may make a donation online directly to The Founder's Fund or send a check indicating Founder's Fund on the memo line.