Grants at the Community Foundation

The Capital Region Community Foundation is a public charity organized as a collection of permanent endowments. The income from these endowed funds provides charitable funding to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and other eligible entities, for projects and programs that predominantly benefit residents of Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties, Michigan.

The Community Foundation values projects and organizations that promote inclusiveness and that do not discriminate in hiring staff or providing services on the basis of race, gender, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability.

As a community leader, we have a responsibility to take action to create a more just and equitable society. We condemn racism, inequity and injustice, and we believe it is vital that all people in our community are valued and respected, especially those who have been historically marginalized. We are passionate about building vibrant, thriving and inclusive communities that uplift everyone who lives in our tri-county region.

2023 Grant Guidelines and applications are coming soon!

The Foundation accepts applications from all eligible entities. However, we strongly encourage requests from small and mid-size nonprofits who are making a difference in underserved and/or racially diverse communities.

The following requirements apply to all competitive grant opportunities.

  • Requests must be for projects and programs that predominantly benefit residents of Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties, Michigan.
  • Federal tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (or a fiscal sponsor). Municipalities and religious organizations may also be considered. Please contact the Community Foundation to discuss.

  • State of Michigan Charitable License to Solicit. If you need additional information, visit Michigan Charitable Organizations and Solicitations Act. If your organization is not exempt, the license application is HERE.

Non profit organizations may apply for more than one grant category - however, one grant application per category will be accepted from each organization. Applications will be reviewed, and selections made by a committee of community volunteers.

Click each link below for more details and applications.

Impact Grants: $10,000 - $75,000. Impact grants are meant to increase the long-term impact of an organization or program, increase the organization’s ability to reach under-served populations, or enable two or more nonprofits to work collaboratively to create transformative and sustainable community change.

Capacity Building Grants: Capacity Building grants help an organization increase its sustainability and effectiveness by strengthening governance and management systems. Foundation staff works in partnership with the grantee to co-design a plan of action. Capacity grant amounts vary.

Mini Grants: Up to $5,000. Mini Grants are perfect for smaller organizations that seek programming or project support. These opportunities are provided to donor-advised fund holders for consideration.

Youth Grants: Up to $5,000. Youth grants are for programs that help teens age 12-18 in the tri-county region. The 2022 Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is especially interested in projects, programs and proposals that provide teens with skills to handle with the most pressing issues identified in the recent Youth Survey.

COVID-19 Nonprofit Support Grants: (Closed) In April 2020 the Community Foundation committed $1 million to start the COVID-19 Nonprofit Support Fund, which was supplemented by generous gifts from the community totaling over $270,000. The COVID-19 Nonprofit Support Fund provided 84 grants totaling $1,247,635 during 2020 and 2021, to assist nonprofits with staffing and other critical needs related to the COVID-19 crisis. A list of grants can be found here.

LINK TO ONLINE APPLICATIONS - Coming soon for 2023 grants


What the Community Foundation generally will not fund

The Community Foundation is unable to fund the following through the grant application process: Individuals, international organizations, sectarian or religious programs, endowment funds, existing obligations, debts or expenses incurred before the grant approval date.

Regarding Capital Campaigns

The Community Foundation will consider leadership gifts early in the capital campaign process to help leverage other giving. Please contact us to discuss.