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 Committee grant submission is in early February each year, and decisions are announced in May. 

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Community Leaders that Serve ICCF

  • Thomas D. Dickinson - Chair
  • Boomer Hoppough – Vice Chair
  • Sara Badgero
  • Janet Balice
  • Cameron Doane
  • Ethan Ebenstein
  • Jason Eppler
  • Edith Farrell
  • Hon. Suzanne Hoseth Kreeger
  • Leo Madarang
  • Jason Mellema
  • Dr. Greg Patera
  • Mary Patrick
  • Hailie Patterson
  • Brian Talbot
  • Leslie Warner
  • Ryan Wilson


We're Proud to Support These Great Nonprofits

  • Belding Area Schools - $894 for theatre tech program equipment upgrades
  • City of Belding Fire Department - $2,189 for high hazard equipment and lighting
  • Enrich of Ionia County - $1,000 supporting work experiences for transition age students
  • Feeding America West Michigan - $3,000 to support the Mobile Food Pantries in Ionia County
  • Great Start Collaborative - $2,000 to support the Ionia County Transition to Kindergarten Backpacks project
  • Habitat for Humanity of Ionia County - $4,000 for a home build in Lake Odessa
  • Ionia Community Library - $1,149 for software to support archiving efforts
  • Ionia County ISD - $3,500 for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library
  • Ionia County ISD - $2,000 for equipment supporting the Ionia County Trailblazers Disabled Sports Team
  • Ionia County ISD - $3,500 for IM Kids 3rd Meal
  • Ionia Free Fair Association - $2,500 supporting the floral building roof restoration
  • Ionia Montcalm Secure & Friendly Environment - $3,000 for the Kids Have Rights program
  • Ionia Public Schools - $2,000 supporting robotics programming
  • Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes - $500 to deliver programming to students in Ionia County
  • Portland Civic Players - $500 towards a replacement marquee
  • Portland Community Fund Association - $1,000 supporting the Portland Backpacks for Bellies program
  • Portland Public Schools - $2,000 supporting the Twin Rivers Robotics program
  • Relief After Violent Encounter - $2,500 towards the creation of an outdoor play area for children staying in the safe house
  • Soaring Above Ionia - $1,000 towards the youth mentoring program for Ionia County teens
  • Sparrow Foundation - $2,853 towards the purchase of appliances and equipment for the functional therapy kitchen in Ionia
  • SS Peter and Paul Catholic School - $468 for third grade water safety programming
  • Soup Project - $1,000 supporting meal preparation and delivery
  • YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids - $1,907 for third grade water safety programming