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Grants to Michigan Nonprofits, Schools, Agencies, and Faith-Based
Organizations to Benefit Residents in Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties

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Capital Region Community Foundation

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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $75,000 to Michigan nonprofit organizations, schools, agencies, and faith-based organizations for projects that mainly benefit residents in Ingham, Clinton, and Eaton Counties. A preliminary application must be submitted prior to submitting a full application.

To apply for funding, projects must meet at least one of the following Impact Criteria:

  • Significantly increase the long-term impact of an organization or program, not to provide cash assistance for ongoing operations.*  For example, Impact grants will not be made to purchase food for a pantry, but the committee may consider purchasing refrigeration and storage equipment that would allow a food pantry to stock fresh meat, dairy and produce in order to provide healthier options for recipients.
  • Significantly increase the organization’s ability to reach underserved populations, not to simply serve more people. For example:  Impact grants will not be made to support additional people utilizing an existing program, but the committee may fund some costs of starting a satellite program to serve people in a different area of town. To qualify, the need for expanded services must be substantiated along with a detailed sustainability plan for long-term increased services.
  • Enable two or more nonprofits to work collaboratively to create transformative and sustainable community change. For example, two organizations serving the same constituents may implement a new or expanded program together that would otherwise be impossible without collaboration.

The Community Foundation will consider leadership gifts at the beginning of capital campaigns in order to leverage other giving. Contact the Foundation for more information.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173211

Estimated Size of Grant:

Impact Grants range from $10,000 to $75,000.

Term of Contract:

Recipients must request the funds within one year from the time of notification.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Funding is available to nonprofits classified by the IRS as 501(c)(3) organizations and other eligible entities (such as municipalities, schools, and faith-based organizations) for projects that predominantly benefit residents of Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties, Michigan.

The Community Foundation is unable to fund the following through the grant application process:
- Individuals
- International organizations
- Sectarian or religious programs
- Endowment funds
- Annual meetings
- Existing obligations, debts or expenses incurred before the grant approval date

Regarding colleges, universities, and schools: Community Foundation will not support routine operating expenses, projects and activities, or equipment which are within the primary instructional and service responsibilities of a college, university or school, or which benefit only the college, university or school faculty, staff and students. Applications for funding of projects and activities sponsored or provided by colleges, universities and schools must: 1) demonstrate benefit to the broader community, beyond the academic institution, and 2) include letters of support from community organizations with their applications.

Inclusion/Non-discrimination Statement The Capital Region Community Foundation values projects and agencies 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.

Pre-Application Information:

Impact Grant Timeline:

- December 1, 2019: The Impact Grant Preliminary Application will be available
- Monday, February 3, 2020: Impact Grant Preliminary Application deadline
- Mid-March 2020: A volunteer grant committee reviews the preliminary applications. Those which meet the criteria will be invited to submit a full grant application
- Monday, April 20, 2020: Deadline for full Impact Grant Application (by invitation only)
- Early June 2020: The Impact Grant Committee meets in early June.
- Mid-June 2020: Impact grant applicants will be notified, and grant funds will be available once the 1:1 cash match is secured


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply for an Impact Grant (Will open Dec 1, 2019):

Capital Region Community Foundation
330 Marshall St., Suite 300
Lansing, MI 48912
Phone: 1-517-272-2870

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan: Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties

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