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John N. Barnes Environmental Education Endowment

In his 24 years of life, John expressed his passion for the outdoors and beauty of Benzie County. 

The endowment in his memory was established in 1993, allowing his spirit to live on through grants supporting environmental education in Benzie County communities and preserving his passion for generations to come.

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FOCUS Fund Endowment Application

The FOCUS Fund Endowment is an undesignated endowment designed to impact broad community needs and interests in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau Counties. The Endowment offers a flexible response to current, immediate regional needs as well as provides a permanent funding source for the future needs of the five-county region. 

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Grant Guidelines

  • Preference is given to requests that offer a philanthropic approach to community needs and that have the potential for transformative community impact.
  • Funding is available for organizations serving Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and/or Leelanau Counties.
  • Program operational needs, direct services, capital or equipment expenditures, etc. are eligible for funding.
  • The grant review committee encourages collaborative projects where grant dollars can be maximized and serve as many people as possible (relative to the community being served).
  • Generally, $1:$1 matching grants, up to a maximum of $2,500, are considered. From time-to-time, the Community Foundation may consider larger grant awards.

Grant Process 

  • Complete the online grant application form (link below). Please also download and complete the Community Foundation Grant Budget Form, and email to Gina at gthornbury@gtrcf.org.
  • Grant applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and reviewed for consideration three times a year. Application deadlines for each review are February 1; May 1; and  August 1.
  • The Community Foundation Board may consider, on occasion, a responsive grant or strategic grantmaking to respond to a need without a specific request or application and/or outside of the grant review schedule, particularly if the opportunity arises to support a community need in partnership with other granting organizations and/or individuals. Contact Gina Thornbury, Grantmaking and Program Officer, with questions about a grant outside of the grant review schedule.
  • The Community Foundation Board Grantmaking Committee will review all grant proposals and will make funding recommendations to the Community Foundation Board of Directors. All applicants will be notified as to the outcome of their request.

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Questions? Contact Gina Thornbury, Grantmaking and Program Officer, at gthornbury@gtrcf.org, or 231-935-4066.

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