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Community Foundation Accepting Grant Applications for Awards Up to $20K

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The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation is currently accepting applications for grants that are collectively available from its community funds, which provide responsive, flexible funding that aims to meet a wide variety of needs and opportunities across the five-county region, as well as its Wilfred and Joan Larson Endowment. The Foundation anticipates awarding several grants of up to about $20,000 each.

“We saw the power that community funds can have with our Urgent Needs Fund, through which we awarded grants to help local organizations navigate challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Steve Wade, Vice President of Community Impact. “Given their flexible nature, community funds are the best way to ensure that our region gets the funding it needs—when and where it’s needed—now and forever.”

The Community Foundation welcomes applications from community partners who are ready to accept significant and strategic investments to support transformational impact for their missions. Community fund grant requests should be informed by data on the Northwest Michigan Community Development Regional Scorecard and/or address a community issue that appears on the Scorecard.

Nonprofit, educational, governmental, and Tribal entities across Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau Counties are eligible to apply by submitting an online application through the Community Foundation’s website: www.gtrcf.org/grants/community-funds-grant-application. Grant applications are due by 11:59 pm on August 24, 2022 with grant awards expected to be made by the end of October.

“A broad spectrum of initiatives, programs, and organizations can receive support during this grantmaking cycle,” said Alison Metiva, Chief Operating Officer. “We hope to grow this type of funding over time so that we can continue to responsively support economic, societal, and environmental improvements across our region alongside our community partners.”

Those interested in supporting community funds can make a donation on the Community Foundation’s website: www.gtrcf.org/give, or contact Alison Metiva at info@gtrcf.org or 231-935-4066.