Our Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Lowell Area Community Fund

Mission, Purpose, Area Served, and Areas Funded

The Lowell Area Community Fund gives grants to organizations that assist in fulfilling its mission to assure community cooperation and participation that supports a healthy, dynamic community. The fund places an emphasis on broad educational initiatives, but also supports initiatives in the areas of arts & culture, community development, environment, health, human service, and recreation in the Lowell area. The Lowell area is currently defined as the City of Lowell, the Township of Lowell, and the Township of Vergennes.

Grant Instructions, Deadlines and Application Information

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The Lowell Area Community Fund gives grants to organizations that assist in fulfilling its mission: to assure community cooperation and participation that supports a healthy, dynamic community. The fund places an emphasis on broad educational initiatives, but also supports initiatives in the areas of: Arts & Culture, Community Development, Environment, Health, Human Services, and Recreation.

Examples are projects that:

  • Encourage and promote community involvement
  • Represent an innovative, start-up effort
  • Obtain the necessary additional funding to implement and maintain the project
  • Yield substantial community benefit
  • Have non-profit, 501(c)(3) status
  • Serve a broad segment of the community
  • Promote cooperation among agencies
  • Address needs of the Lowell area
  • Address quality of life issues
  • Promote civic and community pride
  • Strengthen or improve agency self-sufficiency or efficiency

While the Lowell Area Community Fund encourages creative and innovative projects, it generally does not support:

  • Political projects, or those that are primarily cause-related
  • Individuals
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Profit-making activities

Fund Committee Roster

  • Jeff Bunn, representing Vergennes Township
  • John Darling, representing the Englehardt Family
  • Mark Howe, Lowell City Manager
  • Darren James, Huntington Bank
  • Amy Pallo, Principal, Lowell High School
  • Gregory Pratt, Superintendent, Lowell Area Schools
  • David Simmonds, representing Lowell Township

Grant applications are accepted three times a year on the third Friday of April, August, and December.

For more information, please contact Kate Luckert Schmid, Program Director, at 616.454.1751, extension 117 or email her at kluckert@grfoundation.org.