Laura Heintzelman
President & CEO
(231) 723-7269

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 12, 2021 about the eligibility of the project based on the inquiry submitted. If a project is deemed eligible, the applying organization will be required to make a brief presentation to the YAC on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 (details below). The YAC will then determine those eligible for submitting a full grant application.

How much is available: A minimum of $2,000 is available.

Project Timeline: Funded projects must be completed by December 31, 2021. 

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 2021 cycle, the YAC has identified youth mental health as the 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 23, 2021 – Grant Cycle Announced
  • March 08, 2021 – Grant Inquiries Due
  • March 12, 2021 – Applicants are notified of their eligibility
  • March 16, 2021 – Eligible applicants present to YAC (Presentations between 8:30am - 10:00am; specific times TBD)
  • March 19, 2021 – Eligible applicants are invited to submit a full grant application
  • April 5, 2021 - Grant Applications Due
  • April 20, 2021 - YAC Review of Applications
  • May 7, 2021 - Notification of Awards
  • May 18, 2021 - Award Presentations
  • December 31, 2021 - Projects completed
  • January 31, 2022 – Final Grant Reports Due


The YAC is comprised of approximately 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. tag blow category censored category idol