Community Grants are awarded each year 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. Grants can only be awarded to tax-exempt organizations classified as 501(c)(3) charities by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and they must provide services to residents of Ottawa County. If an organization does not have a tax-exempt ruling from the IRS, they may partner with a tax-exempt fiscal sponsor. Applications for Community Grants are due each year by March 15. Support for annual community grants comes from several Unrestricted Funds as well as Donor Advised Funds held by the Foundation.
The Foundation accepts grant proposals for the following two funds throughout the year.
Rapid Response grants enable the Foundation to respond to emergency needs of nonprofit organizations as needed.
Jack and Judy Schiller Dyslexia Fund supports projects and services that aid dyslexia awareness and lead to identification and remediation efforts.
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Nonprofit organizations in Ottawa County or serving Ottawa County are invited to submit a grant request.
Grant Guidelines and forms are available for download here.