Apply for Grant or Loan

All grant opportunities through the Midland Area Community Foundation are listed below, along with contact information for the appropriate staff member. Grants are open to all 501(c)(3) nonprofit agencies, public schools, and government entities located in Midland County. Not sure if you qualify? Contact us at 989.839.9661 or via email.

COVID-19 Response / Disaster Relief Grant (Nonprofits)

Midland Area Community Foundation and United Way of Midland County are working collaboratively to meet community needs. Grant fund requests can be used for nonprofit operations, supplies and client assistance. We will prioritize agencies providing needed services for vulnerable populations most impacted by this pandemic. The maximum grant request is $10,000.

Click here to see the application for full details of the program.

No identified deadline to apply. Grant applications will be continuously reviewed and responded to in a timely manner.

Contact: Alysia Christy, Director of Community Impact: achristy@midlandfoundation.org

COVID-19 Impact Investing Small Business Loan

Midland Area Community Foundation (MACF) and the Midland Business Alliance (MBA) are working collaboratively to meet community needs in these difficult times by providing 0% loans for up to 1 year for local small businesses.

Click here to see the application for full details of the program.

No identified deadline to apply. Loan applications will be continuously reviewed and responded to in a timely manner.

Contact: Kyle Fahrner, Chief Financial Officer: kfahrner@midlandfoundation.org

Community Investment Grants

Update as of April 13, 2020: Midland Area Community Foundation has adjusted the second Community Investment grant cycle to support community needs based on the impact of COVID-19. The Community Investment COVID-19 grant cycle will focus on operational and/or overhead requests to ensure long term solvency of 501c3 nonprofit organizations, educational entities and/or governmental units.

The goal of the Community Investment COVID-19 grant cycle is to assist organizations in the rebuilding of their programming and services as we work together to ensure that Midland is a place where everyone can thrive, For good. For ever. Right now.

Grant requests will be considered in amount up to $15,000. In order to be considered for operational grant funding, the request must be aligned to the direct impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

Deadline to apply: May 20, 2020

Contact: Alysia Christy, achristy@midlandfoundation.org, prior to application

The Foundation is concerned about the community as a whole.  We fund a wide variety of community programs, such as arts and culture, civic improvement, education, environment, health, human services, recreation, and youth.  General Community Investment grant requests have a maximum of $40,000 (July 15 cycle) and $50,000-$100,000 (October 15 cycle)

2020 Deadlines:  July 15 & October 15

Contact: Alysia Christy, achristy@midlandfoundation.org or 989.839.9661

Hemlock Semiconductor Community and Regional Empowerment (CARE) Grant

This grant opportunity aligns with the HSC Mission to improve vitality and quality of life in communities where Hemlock Semiconductor’s employees work and reside. Grant amounts are up to $10,000 for local (Midland/Bay/Saginaw) or $30,000 for regional projects/programs (not for operational costs). Eligible organizations include 501(c)3 nonprofits, schools, and units of Government.

Upcoming Deadline To Apply: September 30, 2020

Contact: Alysia Christy, achristy@midlandfoundation.org or 989.839.9661

TOWN Grants

The idea for TOWN Grants came out of the community foundation’s desire to have an impact in all of Midland County. With the program, all 23 townships, wards and villages in the county are being offered up to $5,000 in matching funds for a public improvement project.

Deadline: Applications accepted anytime

Contact: Alysia Christy, achristy@midlandfoundation.org or 989.839.9661

CommunityGives Youth Service Program

This is a competitive opportunity for school-aged youths’ sports teams, extra-curricular groups, and service clubs in Midland County to earn funding for priority projects through volunteerism. This is accomplished through the giving of grants to K-12 aged groups that complete a pre-approved community volunteer activity and meet grant requirements. Grants are up to $1,000.

Deadlines: January 15, April 15, July 15 & October 15

Contact: Sara JacobsCarter, sjacobscarter@midlandfoundation.org or 989.839.9661

MCYAC Grants

The Youth Action Council functions just like the Community Foundation, but it is made up of area middle and high school students. The grant requirements and application is exactly the same. Of particular interest to MCYAC are projects that benefit youth. $10,000 maximum grant amount.

Deadlines: January 15, April 15, October 15

Contact: Sara Jacobs Carter, sjacobscarter@midlandfoundation.org or 989.839.9661

MCYAC Teacher Mini-Grant

The Midland County Youth Action Council offers mini-grants of up to $500 for classroom projects that motivate and challenge students who attend school in Midland County.

Deadlines: The Midland County Youth Action Council will review requests most months during the academic year.  Requests are due by day 15.

Contact: Sara JacobsCarter, sjacobscarter@midlandfoundation.org or 989.839.9661

NEW!!  MCYAC Adult Action Group Mini-Grant

The Midland County Youth Action Council offers mini-grants of up to $500 to groups of dedicated adults as they support Youth in Midland County.  Groups such as Booster Clubs and Parent-Teacher Organizations are appropriate applicants.  The Youth Group and/or the Adult Action Group must be associated with an educational entity or a 501(c)3 Charitable Organization.

Deadlines: The Midland County Youth Action Council will review requests most months during the academic year.   The MCYAC Coordinator will review requests for the remainder of the calendar year using Council approved evaluation process.  Requests are due by day 15.

Contact: Sara JacobsCarter, sjacobscarter@midlandfoundation.org or 989.839.9661

NEW!!  MCYAC Youth Philanthropy Mini-Grant

The Midland County Youth Action Council offers mini-grants of up to $500 to Youths who want to make real change in their communities.  All Midland County students K-12th grade are eligible to apply.  The Youth’s plans must benefit an existing governmental or educational entity or a 501(c)3 Charitable Organization.

Deadlines: The Midland County Youth Action Council will review requests most months during the academic year.   The MCYAC Coordinator will review requests for the remainder of the calendar year using Council approved evaluation process.  Requests are due by day 15.

Contact: Sara JacobsCarter, sjacobscarter@midlandfoundation.org or 989.839.9661

To Submit a Grant Proposal:

Remember: The Foundation cannot do its work unless we have good projects to fund. The partnership between the Foundation and our nonprofit community is critical to the quality of life for local residents. We want to find excellent projects to fund.

  1. Review Criteria and general grant information
  2. Contact Alysia Christy no less than three weeks prior to the grant deadline at 989-839-9661 achristy@midlandfoundation.org
  3. Prepare materials
  4. Submit by deadline

Clare & Gladwin County Community Foundation Grant Information

The Clare and Gladwin community foundations are affiliates of MACF. They each have their own website with information on how to apply for grants.