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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 on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Decisions will be announced by the end of February.

For technical assistance with the online grant application, call (616)454-1751 or email

Apply for a General Grant


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. 

Apply for a Youth Grant

Fund Advisory Committee

Community Leaders that Serve ICCF

  • James E. Mc Carty, Chair
  • Sara Badgero
  • Bruce Chadwick
  • Thomas D. Dickinson
  • Margaret Helmer
  • Boomer Hoppough
  • Suzanne Hoseth-Kreeger
  • Robert Kjolhede
  • Maureen Meade
  • Jason Mellema
  • Ronald D. Story
  • Lowell Swartz
  • Hailie Patterson
  • Brian Talbot
  • Deborah Wagner
  • Timothy B. Walling


We're Proud to Support These Great Nonprofits

  • Belding Area Schools - $1,750 to support a College Advisor for the High School
  • Feeding America West Michigan - $2,875 for Mobile Food Pantries
  • Habitat for Humanity of Ionia County - $1,900 for a ReSale Shop
  • Ionia County ISD - $3,500 for IM Kids 3rd Meal
  • Ionia County ISD - $2,000 for S2AA Teen Driver Safety Program
  • Ionia County ISD - $2,000 for Michigan Youth Leadership Training Camp
  • Ionia County ISD - $2,500 for the Ionia County Dolly Parton Imagination Library
  • Ionia Montcalm Families Against Narcotics - $1,000 for Prescription/Opioid Addiction Education and Awareness Efforts    
  • Ionia Montcalm Secure & Friendly Environment Child Advocacy Center - $1,500 for a Case Tracking System
  • Ionia Public Schools - $1,000 for Advanced Placement Test Financial Assistance for High School Students
  • Junior Achievement of Michigan Great Lakes - $900 to Empower Ionia County Youth
  • Lake Odessa Community Library - $500 for the Little Free Library project
  • Lakewood Public Schools - $1,230 for the Podcasting/Broadcasting project
  • Lakewood Public Schools - $1,035 for the Lakewood Makerspace Robot Programming Lab
  • Lakewood Public Schools - $818 for the School to Work Program
  • Lyons Township - $1,500 for Firefighter Personal Protective Equipment
  • Portland District Library - $923 for the 2017 Portland Creates! Program
  • Portland Public Schools - $1,500 for the Swim Safety Spring Program
  • Saranac Community Church - $1,000 for the Food Pantry
  • Saranac Community Schools - $500 for a Digital Keyboard
  • Saranac Community Schools - $117 for Flexible Seating
  • Saranac Community Schools - $160 for the Fluent Informational Reading Program
  • Saranac Community Schools - $488 for Alpha Better Desks
  • Saranac Public Library - $851 for the Clarksville Craft and STEM Area
  • Saranac Public Library - $150 for Battle of the Books