Apply for a YAC Grant

The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) of the Manistee County Community Foundation is pleased to offer a competitive grant program targeted at meeting the needs of Manistee County youth.

Who can apply: Eligible applicants include 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, school districts, units of government (including recognized tribal governments), and other tax-exempt organizations that serve Manistee County residents. Projects must be located within Manistee County unless pre-approved by the Foundation.

How to apply: The first step in seeking a grant from the YAC is to complete the Foundation’s YAC Grant Inquiry Form. Foundation staff will respond by March 15 about the eligibility of the project based on the inquiry submitted. If your project is deemed eligible, you will be asked to participate in a brief Q&A session with the YAC on Wednesday, March 16 between 8:30 and 10am via Google Meet. Please hold this date and time in your calendar when submitting an inquiry. The YAC will then determine those eligible to complete a full grant application.

How much is available: A total of $2,000 is available to be awarded this year.

Project Timeline:  Funded projects must be completed by December 31, 2022.

Grant Priorities: Grants will support programs and projects that improve the lives of Manistee County youth. The YAC continuously assesses the needs of their peers and identifies top priorities for funding for each grant cycle. For the 2022 cycle, the YAC has identified youth mental health as their top priority. This includes programs/projects that address youth mental health needs as well as improve access to resources and care. Projects must address this area to be considered eligible.

Application and Award Timeline:

  • February 28, 2022 – Grant Cycle Announced
  • March 10, 2022 – Grant Inquiries Due
  • March 15, 2022 – Applicants are notified of their eligibility
  • March 16, 2022 – Eligible applicants participate in a Q&A session with YAC (Q&A sessions between 8:30am - 10:00am; specific times TBD)
  • March 18, 2022 – Eligible applicants are invited to submit a full grant application
  • April 8, 2022 - Grant Applications Due
  • April 20, 2022 - YAC Review of Applications
  • May 6, 2022 - Notification of Awards
  • May 18, 2022 - Award Presentations
  • December 31, 2022 - Projects completed
  • January 31, 2023 – Final Grant Reports Due


The YAC is comprised of high school students, representing each of the county’s six school districts, who have an interest in learning about philanthropy (donations of time, talent, and treasure for community good), want to learn leadership skills, and want to be a voice for youth in their community. Members are active in researching the needs of Manistee County youth, participating in activities to grow the Foundation's Youth Endowment Fund and recommending grant recipients from the Youth Endowment Fund.

Questions may be directed to or by calling the Manistee County Community Foundation office: 231-723-7269.