Our Approach to Grantmaking

Our grantmaking priorities are Equity and Education. We believe in the ability of organizations from all sectors to advance equity in our community.

Systems were created without consideration of many identities and communities in Kalamazoo County. As a result, some groups in our community face extraordinary barriers to the resources needed to live a healthy, safe and prosperous life.

This reality calls for us to reimagine our work with a deep focus on racial equity and racial justice. Together, we can address the most urgent issues in our community.

To guide our grantmaking, we utilize the tools of Trust-Based Philanthropy, an approach focused on addressing the inherent power imbalance between funders, partners and the community.

Grantmaking Process

Below is an overview of KZCF's grantmaking process. For more information, please review our Grantmaking Guide. We strongly encourage grant seekers to review the Grantmaking Guide prior to submitting a request.

Submit An Online Grant Request

After making sure your request aligns with our eligibility requirements, funding goals and priorities, you can submit an online grant request. For more information on how to submit a Grant Request, and to download a Grant Request template, click here.

Note: To be considered for Multi-Year Funding, indicate your interest in the Grant Request. For more information on our Multi-Year Funding priorities, review the Grantmaking Guide.

Your Grant Request Is Reviewed

As our team reviews requests, we consider: our priorities and eligibility requirements, your organization's potential impact in Kalamazoo County, organizational practices and policies, and the details of your request. If we need additional information, a Community Impact Officer will reach out to you.

Grant Decisions Are Communicated

Whether we choose to fully fund, partially fund or decline to fund your request, we will notify you. If we fund your request, you will receive a grant agreement by email. Once completed, a grant check will be issued.

If you were not awarded funding, you may apply again around the same time the following year. We generally review one request per year from each organization.

Partnership with KZCF

If we fund your request, you can expect the following:

Not sure if your organization is eligible for grant funding?

Review our eligibility and demographic data collection requirements.

Already a KZCF grant recipient?

Login to your Agency Profile and view your previous grant requests on our Grantee Portal.

If you received your first grant in or after 2020, your agency has not been set up with a login. You can reach out to Kari Benjamin Hamann to set up your profile, or we can send your previous request(s) to you in a PDF format.

Looking for more funding options such as sponsorships or request for proposals?

Visit our More Funding Opportunities page here.