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

  • Alvah N Belding Memorial Library - $2,000 to support the Library Life Boxes project
  • Belding Area Schools - $715 for High School physical education technology
  • Belding Area Schools - $989 for High School Performing Arts Center mobile technology
  • City of Belding Fire Department - $2,500 to purchase a thermal imaging camera
  • Enrich of Ionia County - $1,000 for work experience programming
  • Feeding America West Michigan - $3,400 to support the Mobile Food Pantries in Ionia County
  • Great Start Collaborative - $2,800 to support the Ionia County Transition to Kindergarten Backpacks project
  • Habitat for Humanity of Ionia County - $750 to support the ReStore
  • Hope for Sobriety Foundation of Ionia County - $560 for the purchase of Dial a Ride passes
  • Ionia Community Library - $2,000 for digital e-books
  • Ionia County ISD - $2,500 for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library
  • Ionia County ISD - $3,500 for IM Kids 3rd Meal
  • Ionia Free Fair Association - $500 to support 4H programming
  • Ionia Public Schools - $500 to support the Military Wall of Honor project
  • Ionia Public Schools - $1,585 to support student health and well-being
  • Ionia Public Schools - $1,000 for flexible seating at Jefferson Elementary
  • Jordan Lake Trail Board - $1,000 to support the building of a brick path and pavilion on the trail
  • Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes - $500 to support the "Bright Tomorrows for Ionia County Youth" project
  • Michigan Crossroads Council - $500 for scouting recruitment
  • Portland Community Fund Association - $2,500 for the "Portland Backpacks for Bellies" project
  • Saranac Public Library - $500 to provide homeschool science kits
  • SS Peter and Paul Catholic School - $2,000 to update the library software system
  • St. Joseph School - $1,000 for technology upgrades
  • United Way of Montcalm-Ionia Counties - $1,000 for emergency response needs