Grant Application

Fund for Community Good Guidelines Under Construction

Grand Rapids Community Foundation has been listening to our partners to better align our Fund for Community Good grantmaking priorities and application process with our commitment to racial, social and economic justice. To formalize this shift, we are taking some time to have critical conversations and to update our guidelines.

The purpose of our guidelines is to provide more clarity on the type of grant partnerships that best align with our priorities.

We will begin accepting new pre-applications for grant requests on July 1, 2020, under these new guidelines. In the meantime, we will complete our current application process with nonprofits who have already submitted materials. We will not be accepting new pre-applications in the interim.

Our team looks forward to sharing more about our new Fund for Community Good guidelines in the coming months. 

All questions can be directed to Eugene Sueing, program director.

Basic Eligibility

The Community Foundation invests in innovative models, proven programs, policy and advocacy efforts throughout Kent County. 

Funding is not available for one-time, special or annual events, annual operating funds, political or religious causes, or endowments.

These are the types of things we look for when evaluating a grant:

  • Have a 501(c)(3)

    designation from the IRS or be a governmental organization that serves Kent County residents.

  • Demonstrate Inclusive Practices

    leading to diversity of race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, ability and gender in the organization's board, staff and constituents. Be sure to review our Grantee Inclusion Statement

  • Seek Diverse Funding

    from multiple sources and have a plan to sustain the project beyond the term of the grant.

  • Align With Our Grant Priority Areas

    and be able to track results that match at least one of our outcome measurables. 

  • Have Organizational Buy-in

    including the support of the board and executive director for this project.