Laura Heintzelman
President & CEO
(231) 723-7269

Grant FAQs

  1. Who is eligible for grants from the Manistee County Community Foundation?  
    The Foundation awards grants to nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations serving Manistee County, Michigan, that have been determined by the IRS to be 501(c)(3), 509(a) public charities.  The Foundation cannot give assistance to individuals.

  2. My organization is not a 501(c)(3).  How do I obtain this status?  
    To become a 501(c)(3) organization you must file an application with the IRS.

  3. When are the Manistee County Community Foundation’s grant deadlines? 
    Application criteria and deadlines vary by Fund.  Call the Foundation office at 231-723-7269 for details.

  4. What are the Community Foundation’s grantmaking priorities? 
    Please refer to the Grant Priorities section of this website which outlines the funding priorities that have been determined by our Board of Trustees.

  5. How much can I apply for? 
    Foundation staff will talk with you about your specific project and an appropriate level of funding, but most foundation grants are between $1,000 and $10,000.

  6. When will I hear about the results of my grant application?   
    In general, the grant application process takes approximately 8 weeks from time of application to announcement of grant awards.

  7. How do I apply for a grant? 
    The first step in applying for a grant is to contact a member of the Grant Staff and discuss your proposal.  In some cases, you may be asked to submit a one to two page letter of intent and show a budget for your program. 

  8. Can my organization apply for grants from donor advised funds? 
    We do not accept specific applications for our donor advised funds which are funds established and advised by individuals or families. 

  9. Does the Foundation fund faith-based organizations through its competitive grant process? 
    The Foundation does fund faith-based organizations but does not fund projects of a religious nature or projects that require participation in a religious activity as a condition for receiving services.

  10.  How often may I apply for a grant and how many applications can I submit?
    Only one request per calendar year to the Foundation’s competitive grant program can be submitted for consideration so that we can help as many nonprofit organizations as possible. Occasionally the Foundation issues a RFP (Request for Proposal) from specific grantmaking committees, and organizations may or may not be able to apply for that specific RFP regardless of a previous grant award that calendar year.

  11. Who decides which applications are awarded grants?
    Assisting in the competitive grant process are volunteers who contribute time, thought, and knowledge of our community to review applications from nonprofit organizations. The volunteer advisory committees review requests for funding and their recommendations are presented to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees for final approval.