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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.

Community Investment Grants

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Click here to learn about MACF grant focus areas

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Grant report form

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. The maximum grant amount is $40,000 in the first three quarters. Fourth quarter (October 15 deadline) grants now go from $50,000 to $100,000. Please see the grant guidelines for details.

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

Contact: Melissa Kesterson, or 989.839.9661

TOWN Grants

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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.

Deadlines: Applications accepted anytime

Contact: Melissa Kesterson, or 989.839.9661

MCYAC Grants

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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: Melissa Kesterson, or 989.839.9661

Dow Chemical Donor Advised Fund Grant Opportunity

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Community Donor-advised Grants are for requests $10,000 or less. They are provided by Dow and administered by local Community Foundations. These grants must meet the same eligibility criteria as other Dow grants and requests will be reviewed twice a year.

Deadlines: TBD for 2018

Contact: Melissa Kesterson, or 989.839.9661

Dow Corning Donor Advised Fund Grant Opportunity

The Dow Corning Foundation demonstrates Dow Corning Corporation's commitment to mutually beneficial growth in society, especially in communities where we operate. $8,000 maximum local grant amount, $24,000 regional.

Deadlines: February 1, March 15

Contact: Melissa Kesterson, or 989.839.9661

CommunityGives Youth Service Program

This is an opportunity for elementary, middle and high school age groups, sports teams and service clubs in the Great Lakes Bay Region 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 $1,000 each.

Grant Process - A short document to explain the steps to obtain a CommunityGives grant.

Apply for the CommunityGives Youth Service Program here!

Submit a final report for a previously approved CommunityGives here.

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

Contact: Carly Witkop, 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.

Apply online now!

Deadlines: Accepted throughout the year

Contact: Carly Witkop, or 989.839.9661

We Are Innovators Teacher Mini-Grant

A grant that encourages teachers to introduce unique classroom projects that enliven and enrich the curriculum. Grants are offered for up to $500 per educator each school year.

Apply online now!

Deadlines: Due January 19

Contact: Melissa Kesterson, or 989.839.9661

To Submit a Grant Proposal:

1. Review Criteria and general grant information

2. Contact Melissa Kesterson no less than three weeks prior to the grant deadline at 989-839-9661 or via email

3. Prepare materials

4. Submit by deadline

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.

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.

Clare County Community Foundation

Gladwin County Community Foundation