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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) Fund Application

Background and Vision

The DEI Fund is dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau Counties. We believe diversity encompasses, but is not limited to, race, ethnicity, economic circumstances, zip code, age, health and ability status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, resident or immigration status, national origin, veteran status, or religion. We know that to achieve inclusive, healthy, resilient, thriving communities, all people in our region must have equitable access to the resources they need to reach their full potential. Read more about our commitment to DEI. 

About the DEI Fund

The DEI Fund will be used to support diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in the region including primarily providing support for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ led organizations. We will also consider DEI training and learning and other partners, programs, and opportunities promoting equity and inclusion.

Who Can Apply? How to Apply?

Nonprofit, governmental and Tribal entities across Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau Counties are eligible to apply by submitting an online application (link below). Applicants are also welcome to submit a video instead of written responses. Grant requests for up to $2,500 will be considered. 


Grant applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and reviewed quarterly. Deadlines are March 1, June 1, September 1, December 1. The review committee meets and reviews applications in March, June, September and December.

Grant Decisions

Grant decisions will be made by a review committee with a diversity of representation from BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities, allies, and equity leaders and advocates. According to Community Foundation policy, all grants will be reviewed and accepted by the Board of Directors. Board acceptance must occur prior to funds being awarded.

What We Fund

  • General operating support for organizations with leadership from BIPOC, LGBTQ+, immigrant, neurodiverse, and/or disability communities
  • Events that increase awareness and provide education about BIPOC, LGBTQ+, immigrant, neurodiverse, and/or disability communities
  • Support for efforts that increase the effectiveness, voice, and visibility of BIPOC, LGBTQ+, immigrant, neurodiverse, and/or disability communities
  • Programs or projects that promote equity and inclusion
  • DEI training or learning opportunities

Note: We are unable to provide grants to individuals.

Apply Now

To apply, please submit your written application here. Once you've logged in and are ready to apply, be sure to select "DEI Fund- Written Application".

If you'd prefer to submit a video instead of written responses, please see the instructions here.

Questions? Contact Gina Thornbury, Program and Grants Manager at gthornbury@gtrcf.org or Brittany Morton, Operations and Grants Coordinator at bmorton@gtrcf.org, or by calling us at 231-935-4066.


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