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Grant Eligibility & Guidelines

Grant Eligibility & Guidelines

Funding Priorities

We currently invest in and collaborate with organizations and initiatives working towards the elimination of intergenerational poverty in Kalamazoo County, Michigan. We seek to partner with organizations and initiatives that:

  • Improve the economic security, social wellbeing and inclusion of all community members.
  • Disrupt systems and structures that perpetuate generational poverty.

Basic Funding Eligibility Criteria

You may be eligible for funding if:

  • You are a legally registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, or you have a confirmed fiscal sponsor that is a legally registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
    Or
    You are a governmental agency or educational institution (school, college, university)
  • Your organization, program, or project primarily serves residents of Kalamazoo County, Michigan
  • You have a board policy in place that demonstrates your organization’s commitment to equal opportunity for all persons and is inclusive of race, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, and any other legally protected status. We expect this policy to cover staff, board, volunteers, and clients of your organization.

We provide funding for:

  • General operating support
  • Multi-year funding
  • Specific projects or programs
  • Collaborations or collective action efforts
  • Capacity building
  • Capital campaigns— A limited portion of our grant funds go towards capital campaigns. Funding requests are subject to additional levels of review.

 We do NOT provide funding for:

  • Individuals looking for personal funding
  • Political or lobbying campaigns
  • Organizations that exist to influence legislation or voting

Process Overview

  • Each grant proposal process begins by submitting a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) through our online system. LOIs are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Inquiries that align with the Foundation’s mission, funding priorities, and eligibility may be invited to submit a full proposal and/or additional organizational information.
  • Foundation staff and board members review proposals and complete the due diligence process. Funding decisions are made by the Board of Directors at quarterly meetings.

The length of this process will vary depending on the request. We recommend submitting LOIs six months before funding is needed. 

Proposal Review Considerations

We consider the following when reviewing proposals:

  • Alignment with the Foundation’s vision, mission, priorities and eligibility
  • Organizational leadership and vision
  • Resources and capacity to complete the proposed work
  • Strategy and approach that focus on addressing the root causes of issues
  • Clear intended goals, outcomes, and plans for evaluation
  • Commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in their organization and work
  • People served by a program or project are involved in shaping it 
  • Engagement in collaborations and partnerships