Kalamazoo Community Foundation makes community investments in quality programs that we believe will make Kalamazoo County a place where every person can reach full potential.

Grants from KZCF ensure all of our children have an equal chance for success in school, nurture and prepare all of our young people for life beyond school, support individuals and families from all walks of life, and enhance community prosperity in every corner of Kalamazoo County.

The Kalamazoo Community Foundation in partnership with United Way of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region have activated our respective community crisis relief funds to address the emerging needs in key services for our most vulnerable community members.

The three priorities that we will fund jointly are as follows:
  • Assist with immediate and anticipated direct service needs/gaps
  • Maintain or expand critical internal operations and infrastructure and 
  • Support costs associated with additional volunteer capacity as needed in this time of crisis.

Read more here about the relief grants that have been distributed to nonprofits in Kalamazoo County.

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact:
Sandy Barry-Loken |
Alyssa Stewart |

We encourage nonprofit partners to join the Kalamazoo County Response Consortium (KCRC) coordinated by Gryphon Place. Adam Castle, Community Resilience Program Manager at Gryphon Place, will be convening weekly calls every Monday at 10am that will allow the full nonprofit sector to collaborate, problem solve, and collectively identify needs as they emerge. Further information about accessing local funds will be shared during these calls. The conference call information are as follows:
Meeting ID:

Learn more about Community Urgent Relief Fund

What We Fund

The Kalamazoo Community Foundation provides grant support to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations for projects that align with our community investment priorities and will benefit residents of Kalamazoo County. We do accept applications for grants that will provide capital and operational support.

What We Don't Fund

The Kalamazoo Community Foundation does not fund for-profit business development projects, private land purchases or private home purchases. We also do not provide grants to individuals other than academic scholarships.

How to Apply

The first step in the grantmaking process is for you to submit an online letter of inquiry. Nonprofit organizations that are recognized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and provide services to the greater Kalamazoo area are eligible to apply for grants.

Go to the Letter of Inquiry

Application Due Dates

Letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time through the year. However, because they may require greater due diligence and additional levels of approval, funding requests of more than $25,000 have specific due dates.

First Round 2018

Letter of Inquiry Due Date
January 15 by 5 p.m.

Full Application Due Date
March 15 by 5 p.m.

Funding decisions will be made the week of June 11, 2018.

Second Round 2018

Letter of Inquiry Due Date

July 16 by 5 p.m.

Full Application Due Date
September 17 by 5 p.m.

Funding decisions will be made the week of December 10, 2018

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