Sparta Community Foundation

Benefiting the Sparta area since 1996

The Sparta Community Foundation, a regional affiliate of Grand Rapids Community Foundation, 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 and that:

  • represent an innovative, start-up effort or are capital in nature (e.g., construction, renovation, equipment)
  • promote cooperation among agencies without duplicating services
  • obtain the necessary additional funding to implement and maintain the project
  • are located in Sparta and its surrounding areas
  • 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

Download a PDF of the general funding guidelines.

The Sparta Community Foundation also has a Youth Advisory Committee that advises grantmaking to organizations working to benefit youth in Sparta. 

Download a PDF of the youth funding guidelines.

For more information, please contact William Dani, Grant Committee Chair, at wdani@wnj.com.

GENERAL GRANTS

The Foundation considers grant applications once/year. After reviewing our grantmaking guidelines, grant applications can be completed online beginning in early July and are due the second Friday in September. Decisions will be announced by October 31. 

For technical assistance with the online grant application, call 616.454.1751 or email grantcentral@grfoundation.org.

Apply for a General Grant

YOUTH GRANTS

Nonprofits that benefit youth may also consider applying for a grant from SCF'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 SCF

  • William P. Dani, Chair
  • Angela Anderson  
  • Julie Anderson
  • Linda Bradford-Anderson
  • Lee A. Braford
  • Richard Kleinfeld
  • Toni Potes

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All gifts to the Sparta Community Foundation are tax deductible and help people in the Sparta area.

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Recent Grants

We're Proud to Support These Great Nonprofits

2019 Grants

  • Feeding America West Michigan - $3100 to provide four Mobile Food Pantry deliveries, carrying a total of 20,000 lbs of food to approximately 400 families in need in Sparta
  • Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes - $3200 to bring high impact financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship programming to elementary students to inspire and prepare them for the 21st century economy
  • North Kent Connect - $7284 to continue increasing their impact on northern Kent County by updating their infrastructure
  • Senior Sing Along - $1500 to invest in the quality of life of Sparta seniors through bi-monthly Life Enrichment Programs at the Sparta Senior Neighbors Center
  • Sparta DDA (Village of Sparta) - $9500 to create a downtown town square location that is low cost, high density for startup businesses to begin new businesses in Sparta
  • Sparta Township Historical Commission - $6000 to fund digitization of Sparta newspapers and ongoing digitization efforts of the Sparta Township Historical Commission
  • West Michigan Symphony - $1000 to bring a WMS professional musician into the music classroom of Appleview Elementary 5th grade students participating in the Link Up beginner music program