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Youth Opportunities Unlimited Throughout Hillsdale County (YOUTH) Grant

Grants to Michigan Nonprofits, Educational Institutions, and Agencies for
Community Programs Led By and to Benefit Hillsdale County Youth

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Hillsdale County Community Foundation (HCCF) - W.K. Kellogg Youth Advisory Fund - YOUTH Council

Deadline Date:

04/01/20 4:00 PM


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Grants to Hillsdale County, Michigan nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions for youth-led programs that benefit young people under the age of 21. Applicants must contact the Foundation's staff prior to submitting an application. Grant requests must include youth in the planning and implementation of the project.

The HCCF YOUTH Council is interested in funding projects that will improve the quality of life for the young people of Hillsdale County. Eligible projects generally fall within these categories: education, fine arts, social services, community development, recreation, environmental issues, health and wellness, and improvement in the physical, mental, and moral conditions of Hillsdale County young people. 

The YOUTH give priority to programs which:

  • Reach as many people as possible in the county
  • Increase individual access to community resources
  • Examine and address the underlying causes of local problems
  • Promote personal independence and achievement
  • Seek challenge or matching grants
  • Attract volunteer resources and support
  • Strengthen the private, non-profit sector
  • Encourage collaboration with other organizations
  • Build the capacity of the applying organization
  • Support the start-up of new programs that solve critical local problems or address critical local needs
  • Focus on prevention
  • Low priority is given to requests for bricks and mortar, and ongoing programs where alternative funding is not planned to carry a program/project forward following a Foundation grant.

Income from The Kellogg Youth Advisory Fund must be used for projects that involve and benefit young people under 21 years of age throughout Hillsdale County. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179780

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The YOUTH welcome grant applications from the Hillsdale County area or outside Hillsdale County if a significant number of the youth to be served reside within Hillsdale County. Applicants shall be tax exempt according to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an educational institution, or a governmental unit.

The current objectives of the Foundation do not allow grants for:

- Religious or sectarian purposes
- Individuals
- Legislative or political purposes
- Loans
- Capital campaigns
- Routine maintenance, including office equipment
- Administrative costs for maintaining the present operation of an organization, including, but not limited to, staff salaries, wages, and benefits. Salaries may be considered on a case-by-case basis only as related to direct program expenses, not daily operations.
- Education requests that supplant rather than supplement the ongoing operations of the school district such as equipment or education materials, including state-mandated/benchmark core curriculum supplies and resources.

Pre-Application Information:

The Foundation requires applicants to call and discuss their project with the President/CEO or YOUTH Coordinator prior to submitting the application. Applications submitted without contact with HCCF staff prior to submission will not be considered.

Applications must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on November 1 or April 1 at the HCCF offices.

Applications cannot be accepted by HCCF after the time specified above regardless of postmark date. Faxed or emailed applications cannot be considered.

Only one grant application per organization will be accepted per grant cycle, with the exception of educational institutions.

The application must be filled out by the youth of the applying organization, with the only exception being a project involving very young children. Applicants must contact the HCCF for exemption authorization.

The applicant(s) will be asked to appear in person to present their request and answer questions pertaining to the grant application and proposed project/program. Applicants will receive notice as to meeting time and place. This is not a requirement and will have no part in a decision if an applicant is unable to present, but it is recommended that the applicant make every effort to be available for a presentation.

Contact Information:

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

Sharon Bisher, President/CEO

Caitlin Clark, Marketing/YOUTH Program Officer

Submit the application to:
Hillsdale County Community Foundation
2 South Howell Street
P.O. Box 276
Hillsdale, Michigan 49242

Phone: (517) 439-5101
Fax: (517) 439-5109

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan: Hillsdale County

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