Laura Heintzelman
Executive Director
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2017 Community Mini Grants

The Manistee County Community Foundation is currently accepting applications for Community Mini Grants to support programs and projects that help to make Manistee County a great place to live, work, and play.  The application deadline is Friday, November 3, 2017.   To apply, complete the online application form.  Please note that you will need to login to an existing account or register a new account with SmarterSelect. Grant awards will be announced on Friday December 15, 2017, and awarded prior to December 31, 2017.    

Up to $12,000 is available for mini grants generally ranging in size from $500 - $1,500. Due to available funds, projects that support educational opportunities for students attending Manistee County schools may request up to $2,500, if needed. 

Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status, schools, and units of governments.  One application will be accepted per organization.  Submitted projects must be for the benefit of Manistee County. 

Specific areas of interest for the 2017 Community Mini Grants include efforts that:

  • Encourage and promote the economic self-sufficiency and well-being of women and girls in Manistee County.  Funding made possible by the Women’s Empowerment Giving Circle Fund.
  • Promote the health and well-being of youth and/or seniors in our community.  Funding made possible by the Healthy Youth Healthy Seniors Fund. 
  • Prevent homelessness.  Funding made possible by the Homelessness Prevention Fund.
  • Enhance the public’s knowledge about issues that improve the area’s environmental quality of life.  Funding made possible by the Manistee County Environmental Fund.
  • Support educational opportunities for students attending Manistee County schools.  Funding made possible by the Manistee Rotary Education Fund.


A limited number of grants may also be awarded in support of projects that address other needs throughout Manistee County including Youth & Education; Health & Human Services; Natural Environment & Recreation; Arts, Culture & Humanities; Economy & Employment; Government & Infrastructure.  

Grant dollars awarded are to be used to complete the proposed project including new projects or programs, program enhancement or expansion.  All projects must be completed prior to December 31, 2018.  

Other Grant Application Deadlines Vary:  Please contact the Foundation for additional information

Please review our Grant Criteria and Principles.  We encourage you to contact the Foundation to discuss your organization and any project or need you may have. We will be glad to give you details on the grantmaking process and connect you with the information needed to submit a proposal. Applicants are generally limited to one application per organization per funding cycle and to one submission per calendar year after receiving a grant, assuming a satisfactory evaluation.