Upcoming: Lunch and Learn: Planning Your Year-End Gifts (Nov. 3, 2021)

Join us as our speakers present on Planning Your Year-End Gifts, an exploration of tax-savvy strategies. More information about the event, including speaker information, will be shared soon!

Upcoming: Hesperia Assessment Report Out to the Community (Nov. 2, 2021)

Wednesday, November 2, 2021

Hesperia High School’s Cafeteria
96 S Division St, Hesperia, MI 49421

Join us as we celebrate Hesperia! The assessment’s results will be shared with the community, and attendees will able to discuss visions and plans for Hesperia’s future.

Foundation 30th Anniversary Celebration

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, September 21, 2021

    View the recording here! (No passcode needed)

    In a conversation about grant making, Community Foundation staff presented on recent changes to its grant application. Tammy Carey, the Foundation CEO, provided a snapshot of CFOC activities and programs. Danielle Siegel, the Foundation’s Program Officer, introduced our new grant portal and how area organizations can apply. This Lunch and Learn was available to local nonprofits, governments, churches, schools, agencies, and anyone interested in how grant making helps shape Oceana County!

    For more information about our grant program, click here. 

  • Wednesday, August 18, 2021

    Hesperia High School’s Cafeteria
    96 S Division St, Hesperia, MI 49421

    The Hesperia Area Community Assessment connected local officials, organizations, and residents to discuss their shared plan for the future. Together, they brainstormed areas for focus towards reaching their vision, and a roadmap of how to approach community investment. The assessment was well attended with attendees of varied backgrounds and ages. However diverse, they shared several very fundamental characteristics: they were pragmatic about what could and should be done, hopeful about the future, and love and want to support their community.

  • 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.

  • We sponsored four mobile food pantries this spring/summer at areas businesses and plan to do so again in 2022. For learn about upcoming mobile food pantries in the area, visit our community partners, Feeding America and United Way of the Lakeshore.


If you're a high school senior, current college student, early college senior, or nontraditional student, we may have a scholarship for you!



All grant applications must be submitted electronically via our online application process, eGrant.


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