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

  • 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

  • Belding Area Schools - $500 to support the Ellis Elementary STEAM classroom
  • Belding Area Schools - $500 for flexible seating to support engaged learning
  • Belding Area Schools - $2,300 supporting the "Sleep in Heavenly Peace" project
  • Belding Area Schools - $505 for Woodview Elementary video production equipment
  • Belding Area Schools - $400 to purchase equipment for the High School broadcasting class
  • Feeding America West Michigan - $2,500 to support mobile food pantries in Ionia County
  • Great Start Collaborative - $2,800 for the "Ionia County Transition to Kindergarten Backpack Project"
  • Ionia County Health Department - $2,000 to provide fresh food for WIC/MIHP clients
  • Ionia County ISD - $2,500 for the IM Kids 3rd Meal program
  • Ionia County ISD - $2,500 to support the Ionia County Dolly Parton Imagination Library
  • Ionia County Sheriff's Office - $1,551 for the purchase of evidence tech equipment
  • Ionia Public Schools - $1,250 to purchase Gaga Ball playground equipment for Emerson Elementary
  • Ionia Public Schools - $500 to provide new books for the Twin Rivers Elementary school library
  • Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes - $1,800 to support work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy programs for Oakwood Elementary students
  • Lake Odessa Community Library - $800 to create a dedicated quiet room for community use
  • Lakewood Public Schools - $500 to provide headphones for state testing
  • Manna's Market - $2,500 to stock the food, clothing and baby pantry
  • Portland Community Fund Association - $2,500 for the "Portland Backpacks for Bellies" program
  • Portland Public Schools - $500 for the Portland Middle School Robotics Class
  • Relief After Violent Encounter - $1,925 to replace furniture in the safe house
  • SS Peter and Paul Catholic School - $375 supporting the Third Grade Water Safety program
  • St. Patrick Catholic School - $1,500 to upgrade the High School science lab