OCCF awards Community Grants each year to local nonprofit organizations to support charitable programs and efforts designed to address current and emerging needs in the fields of education, social services, physical and mental health, safe and positive living environment, natural resources and the arts. To be eligible, an organization must provide services to residents of Ottawa County. Grants can only be awarded to tax-exempt organizations classified as 501(c)(3) charities by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). If an organization does not have a tax-exempt ruling from the IRS, they may partner with a tax-exempt fiscal sponsor.
Support for annual community grants comes from several Unrestricted Funds as well as Donor Advised Funds held by the Foundation.
In 2020, a Rapid Response effort was initiated. This enables the Foundation to respond to emergency needs of nonprofit organizations throughout the year.
Nonprofit organizations in Ottawa County or serving Ottawa County are invited to submit a grant request using the application forms below. Grant applications for the annual Community Grants are due by March 15. Rapid Response grants are designed to respond to emergency needs throughout the year.
Download appropriate documents below.