ICCF Spring 2019 Newsletter

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Ionia County Community Foundation (ICCF) is an affiliate fund of Grand Rapids Community Foundation. All gifts to ICCF are tax deductible and help people in Ionia County.

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Benefiting the Ionia area since 1995

ICCF evaluates local needs and opportunities, and looks to fund projects that address the areas of art & culture, community development, education, environment, health, or social needs that:

  • represent an innovative, start-up effort or are capital in nature 
  • promote cooperation among agencies without duplicating services
  • obtain the necessary additional funding to implement and maintain the project
  • are located in Ionia County
  • strengthen or improve agency self-sufficiency or efficiency
  • yield substantial community benefits for the resources invested
  • serve a broad segment of the community
  • encourage additional and permanent funding or matching gifts from other donors
  • are managed by nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status


The Foundation considers grant applications once/year. After reviewing our grantmaking guidelines, grant applications can be completed online and are due annually at the end of December. Decisions will be announced by the end of February.

For technical assistance with the online grant application, call (616) 454-1751 or email grantcentral@grfoundation.org.

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Nonprofits that benefit youth may also consider applying for a grant from ICCF's Youth Advisory Committee. The deadline for the Youth Advisory Council grant submission is early February each year, and decisions are announced in May. 

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Community Leaders that Serve ICCF

  • Jim McCarty – Chair
  • Tom Dickinson – Vice Chair
  • Sara Badgero
  • Janet Balice
  • Bruce Chadwick
  • Kim Doane
  • Boomer Hoppough
  • Suzanne Kreeger
  • Jason Mellema
  • Greg Patera
  • Hailie Patterson
  • Brian Talbot
  • Tim Walling
  • Ryan Wilson 


We're Proud to Support These Great Nonprofits

  • Feeding America West Michigan - $3,000 to support mobile food pantries in Ionia County
  • Freedom Acres School - $3,126 towards the creation of a sensory room
  • Great Start Collaborative - $2,800 for the "Ionia County Transition to Kindergarten Backpack" program
  • Hospice of Lansing and Ionia Area Hospice - $1,300 for the "We Honor Veterans" project
  • Ionia County Historical Society - $1,000 for Blanchard House access improvements
  • Ionia County ISD - $3,500 for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library
  • Ionia County ISD - $1,279 for the installation of a water bottle filling station
  • Ionia County ISD - $1,500 for the IM Kids 3rd Meal program
  • Ionia County Sheriff's Office - $5,000 for the Active Violence Response Task Force
  • Ionia Public Schools - $1,800 for Ionia High School video technology upgrades
  • Ionia Public Schools - $695 for the Emerson Elementary Robotics program
  • Manna's Market - $2,000 for food, clothing, toiletries and baby pantry items
  • Portland Area Historical Society - $800 supporting historical document and photography preservation
  • Saranac Community Schools - $800 for the purchase of Breakout EDU boxes
  • Saranac Public Library - $400 to provide magnifying devices for public use
  • SS Peter and Paul Catholic School - $500 supporting the Third Grade Water Safety program
  • YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids - $1,900 to provide free water safety programs for third grade students from Ionia Public Schools