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 - $1,150 for flexible seating
  • Belding Area Schools - $1,000 for literature to support social-emotional growth
  • Belding Area Schools - $547 for technology for the physical education department to monitor and track student achievement
  • City of Belding Fire Department - $1,090 for new rope rescue equipment
  • Feeding America West Michigan - $3,000 to support the Mobile Food Pantries in Ionia County
  • Freedom Wall - $2,500 to support the Denny Craycraft Veterans Freedom Park Pavilion
  • Great Start Collaborative - $2,800 to support the Ionia County Transition to Kindergarten Backpacks project
  • Habitat for Humanity of Ionia County - $6,000 for the next home build
  • Have Mercy - $6,000 towards the construction of the Ionia family shelter
  • Ionia Conservation District - $1,200 to connect farmers in Ionia County
  • Ionia County ISD - $3,500 for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library
  • Ionia County ISD - $1,000 to purchase table tennis equipment for the Ionia County Trailblazers Disabled Sports team
  • Ionia County ISD - $3,500 for IM Kids 3rd Meal
  • Ionia Montcalm Secure & Friendly Environment - $1,000 for the Kids Have Rights program
  • Ionia Public Schools - $500 to support the Student Recognition program
  • Ionia Public Schools - $1,250 to build a hoop house for outdoor education opportunities at Boyce Elementary
  • Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes - $1,000 to deliver programming to students in Ionia County
  • Portland Public Schools - $1,000 for the Portland Picklers pickleball courts
  • Relief After Violent Encounter - $2,000 to support the design of a trauma-informed shelter
  • Ronald Township Fire Department - $1,500 for the purchase of a thermal imaging camera
  • Sparrow Foundation - $1,000 for landscaping of the Roeser Trail trailhead at Sparrow Ionia Hospital
  • SS Peter and Paul Catholic School - $653 for third grade water safety programming