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The Kalamazoo Community Foundation seeks to be a responsive and proactive community partner that helps local nonprofit organizations address community needs. We make community investments in quality programs that make life better for everyone in Kalamazoo County.

Organizations that are recognized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or that have a fiscal sponsor that is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and provide services to the greater Kalamazoo community are eligible to apply for grants. Organizations seeking funding from the Community Foundation should determine their top funding need and if it fits with our community investment priorities. We do accept capital and operational funding requests. However, these types of requests also must fit within one of the priority areas. We will consider proposals that address other needs or emergency issues, but first consideration will be given to requests that fit within the four priority areas.

Step 1: You submit aN ONLINE letter of inquiry.

Complete the online Letter of Inquiry. You may submit your online LOI at any time throughout the year.

LOIs for grant requests of $10,000 or less are accepted and reviewed on a continual basis.

For requests of more than $10,000, there are LOI submission deadlines. These deadlines will ensure that you have sufficient time and feedback to complete your formal grant application before it is reviewed by our Community Investment Committee and Board of Trustees. For 2014, the remaining LOI deadlines for requests above $10,000 are:

  • September 3 at 5 p.m.
  • December 4 at 5 p.m.

Online Letter of Inquiry

Step 2: We review your Letter of inquiry.

Within two weeks, our team will:

  • Assess your request's fit with our community investment priorities;
  • Determine the most appropriate funding stream and staff contact. 
  • Respond to you with next steps.

Step 3: You Complete the online grant application.

Complete the online grant application. You will be asked to provide:

  • General information about your organization.
  • A narrative that summarizes the project and includes information about the need your organization wants to address, other partner organizations (if applicable), and how your organization plans to evaluate the project.
  • Outcomes your organization hopes to accomplish through the project.
  • A detailed project budget and information about other funding sources.
  • Supporting documents.

Step 4: We review Your Grant Application.

Your grant application is reviewed by our staff and Community Investment Committee. During this process, our staff may request more information or conduct a site visit.

Step 5: Final Grant Decisions are Made.

A final decision about your grant is made. Your organization may receive full or partial funding, or in some cases we may decline to fund your project.

Step 6: You sign the Grant agreement and we mail your grant check.

If your grant is approved, your organization will complete a grant agreement and a grant check will be mailed
shortly thereafter.