Lunch and Learn: AkoyaGo Grant Workshop

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 (in-person)

Join us for our Lunch-and-Learn Grant Workshop!  We will introduce GoApply, our new and improved grant application portal. The new version, which is a complete overhaul, excels in user-friendly navigation and submission options. The virtual workshop will discuss the Foundation’s grant priorities, portal navigation including how to register and answer any grantee questions.  Save the date for noon on Wednesday, March 16th.  Register for the workshop here.


Lunch and Learn: Partner Update with Vanguard

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 (virtual)

Join us as we talk about Foundation leadership & impact, investment strategy, financial oversight and answer questions. We will be hearing from our Vanguard Investment Advisor, Matt Ruhl on portfolio performance, asset allocations and market & economic outlook. Tammy Carey, Foundation CEO, will also provide an update on Foundation growth, giving trends, grantmaking & community leadership impact.

Lunch and Learn: Complete Your Degree Program

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 (virtual)

By making higher education more accessible for hundreds of area students and adult learners, we create hope and opportunity for all and help strengthen the future of our community. Complete Your Degree (CYD) is a new program to redefine the relationship between adult learners and scholarship assets. Our goal is to help local adults achieve their degrees and credentials to increase their household prosperity while fostering a more vibrant economy and meeting the employment skill gap in Oceana County. Join us to learn more about the CYD program!

2022 Feeding America Mobile Food Pantries

This summer, the Community Foundation for Oceana County is thrilled to announce our Mobile Food Pantry sponsor dates!

Friday, April 22nd at 5PM: Shelby School District
525 N. State Street, Shelby, MI 49455

Friday, May 6th at 5PM: Shelby School District
525 N. State Street, Shelby, MI 49455

Friday, June 3rd at 5PM: Spitler Elementary School
302 Johnson Street W., Hart, 49420

Friday, June 24th at 5PM: Walkerville School District
145 Lathrop St., Walkerville, MI 49459

Food will be available for residents facing food scarcity to take home. The mobile food pantry is sponsored by the Community Foundation for Oceana County and facilitated through a partnership with United Way. All are welcome to participate; spread the word throughout Oceana County to reach your community neighbors in need of food this spring and summer! For more Feeding America Mobile Food Pantries in West Michigan, visit

  • The Foundation’s 30th Anniversary on September 20th was an amazing celebration of Oceana’s growth over the past couple of decades! Hosted at the West Michigan Research Station, over 100 guests spent the evening enjoying fellowship, picnic boxes and special announcements. Retiring trustees, Gerrit Herrygers and Garry McKeen, shared their reflections of the Foundation’s growth & accomplishments and announced their selections for special recognition grants of $1,000. Founding Trustee Paul Erickson reminisced over the early days & unique organization start – as the first affiliate foundation in Michigan. Upon those founding trustees’ shoulders we stand tall 30 years later.

    We had the pleasure to award our Annual Dinner’s 2020 and 2021 Greater Good Awards to Shelby State Bank and Peterson Farms, Inc. The purpose of the award is to recognize an individual, couple, or group that has created a large-scale community impact through their time, talent, and treasure. Now, we add businesses to that list of those we recognize as creating significant impact. Both Shelby State Bank and Peterson Farms, who also have advised charitable funds with the Foundation, continue to make investments into helping our community, and its residents, with compassion, care & understanding. We are thrilled to partner with you and work together to help Oceana grow and prosper! Past recipients of the Greater Good Award can be viewed here.


  • Wednesday, July 21, 2021
    View the recording here! (passcode: July21event!)

    In a riveting discussion about community development and placemaking, Steve Bass presented spaces and redevelopment. As a renowned production design consultant, Steve deconstructed his experiences with ‘placemaking’ and explained how citizens could reshape their communities through their everyday efforts. Tammy Carey, Foundation CEO, further presented about the Community Foundation’s role in community development.


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