Laura Heintzelman
President & CEO
(231) 723-7269

Apply for a YAC Grant

Youth Advisory Council (YAC) 2020 Grant Cycle

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: Grant requests must be initiated by non-profit organizations including schools, governmental units, faith based organizations, and 501(c)(3) nonprofits.

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 February 28th about the eligibility of the project based on the inquiry submitted. If your project is deemed eligible, you will be required to make a brief presentation to the YAC on Tuesday, March 10th (details below). The YAC will then determine those eligible for submitting a full grant application.

How much is available: A minimum of $2,300 is available.

Project Timeline: Funded projects must be completed by December 31, 2020.

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 2020 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 11, 2020 – Grant Cycle Announced
  • February 24, 2020 – Grant Inquiries Due
  • February 28, 2020 – Applicants are notified of their eligibility
  • March 05, 2020 – Eligible applicants present to YAC (Presentations between 9:30am - 11:00am; specific times TBD)
  • March 07, 2020 - Applicants are notified of their eligibility
  • March 10, 2020 – Eligible applicants present to YAC & are invited to submit full application
  • March 31, 2020 - Grant Applications Due
  • April 07, 2020 - YAC Review of Applications
  • May 01, 2020 - Notification of Awards
  • May 05, 2020 - Award Presentations
  • December 31, 2020 - Projects completed
  • January 31, 2021 – Final Grant Reports Due

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