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Apply for the Community Foundation’s Complete Your Degree Program

The Community Foundation for Oceana County is thrilled to launch its Complete Your Degree (CYD) program and application process starting July 1st. The CYD program is designed to help local adults achieve degrees and credentials towards meeting the employment skill gap, thereby increasing household prosperity and fostering a more vibrant economy. The first cohort of CYD members will be chosen for the upcoming school year. Adult learners residing in Oceana County are encouraged to apply to join CYD by following the application instructions off our website, under the scholarship tab. For more information about this year’s CYD cohort, applicants are encouraged to attend the Foundation’s Lunch and Learn virtual session at 12 noon on July 13th. The registration link for that session can be found on our events page. 

Community Foundation’s Scholarship Program Reaches New Milestones

Congrats to the class of 2022! Throughout the past four years, our graduating seniors have faced many challenges and continued persisting to reach this incredible milestone. The Community Foundation for Oceana County and its scholarship donors are thrilled to welcome these young adults into the next stage of their life and provide financial support for their college education. In total, the Foundation’s 2022 Scholarship Program awarded over $273,500 to 164 recipients – 245 individual scholarships in all! 

Announcing the Community Foundation for Oceana County’s Spring Community Grant Results

The Community Foundation for Oceana County is thrilled to announce its largest community grant round to date, awarding $77,422 to 24 projects! The grants were awarded to nonprofits, governments, and schools across Oceana County. While the grants varied widely in focus from education to recreation to environmental stewardship, nearly a third supported the growing mental health crisis. “It is phenomenal how community partners respond to Oceana County’s greatest needs, especially this alarming crisis in mental health,” Foundation CEO Tammy Carey states.

2nd Annual Migrant Child Task Force Donation Drive

The Community Foundation for Oceana County is thrilled to announce our 2nd annual donation drive with Oceana’s Michigan Migrant Child Task Force (MMCTF)! With West Michigan welcoming thousands of farmworkers from across the US and abroad, our Migrant families are a crucial part of our summer community as they hard-harvest local produce. Our area’s Migrant Child Task Force is a part of a larger Department of Health and Human Services initiative to address resource insecurity facing young children and their families. The Foundation is collecting much-needed items like toothbrushes, soap, diapers, and toys for the Migrant Child Task Force to deliver. Each item donated is directly going to a family via the Migrant Child Task Force's Camp Outreach events!

Community Foundation Board of Trustees Transitions

The Community Foundation for Oceana County is fondly thanking parting members while welcoming new additions to its sixteen-member Foundation board. In honoring Garry McKeen, Gerrit Herrygers, and Gene Davidson and their time serving Oceana County, the Foundation thanked our retiring trustees by having them name a grant of $1,000 from its Leadership Fund to a Foundation Fund of their choice. 

Announcing the Oceana Foundation’s 2022 Spring Community Grant Round

The Community Foundation for Oceana County announces the opening of their Spring 2022 Community Grant Round. The application opens Friday, March 11th, requests are submitted online at the Foundation’s website and due by April 8th. The Foundation will host a grant workshop to showcase a new version of their application portal, GoApply. The newly designed portal 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.  To register for the workshop, visit the Foundation’s website at

Nine Local Leaders Selected For 2022 Leadership Learning Lab

After a brief program hiatus in 2021, the Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) has selected nine local nonprofit leaders to participate in a regional Leadership Learning Lab. The fourth cohort is the largest to participate in the program, which began in 2018. The Leadership Learning Lab is a collaboration between the Frey Foundation, Rotary Charities and 10 northern Michigan community foundations and aligns with CFOC’s strategic efforts to support capacity building among local partners. “In today’s world, the conditions to be successful are constantly shifting. Changemakers need to lead with a new kind of discipline, courage, and skill. Passion for a cause is essential, but what we asked ourselves - what more can we do to help our nonprofit, government, and business leaders to sustain their work, increase their impact and work together for social change?” said Foundation CEO Tammy Carey. There will be two more cohorts selected in upcoming years to complete this new 3-year Leadership Learning Lab program commitment. 

Santa brings children’s books for the holidays and all year long

 Throughout the holiday season, Read early. Read often. (RERO) has partnered with Santa to bring free children’s books to the children and families of Oceana County.  At local Christmas Tree Lighting Events, Santa Meet & Greet’s, and as gifts to go under the tree, free books were given out in November and December!  For a third year, the Villages of Shelby, New Era, Walkerville, and the City of Hart have passed out books at their holiday ceremonies.

Hesperia Community Assessment Releases Priorities & Next Steps

A new year is also a new start to Hesperia’s future. The Hesperia Community Assessment, held in August, was the third area assessment funded by the Community Foundation for Oceana County in their community development work. Led by the Foundation and consultant Julie Hales-Smith, the assessment was also supported by key area partners, including the Village of Hesperia, Hesperia Area Chamber of Commerce, the Right Place, and the Oceana County Economic Alliance.

Community Foundation’s Scholarship Application is Now Open

The Community Foundation for Oceana County’s scholarship application is now open and accepting applications until March 1, 2022. To be eligible, you must be a resident of Oceana County and a graduate of an Oceana public or private school. Scholarships are available for everyone; graduating seniors, current college students, even those looking to enter into an apprenticeship program- everyone should apply!

Oceana Community Foundation Announces Fall Grant Awards

The Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) is pleased to announce the recipients of its Fall Community Grant Round. Thirteen grant proposals were awarded, totaling $50,900, to support a range of nonprofit initiatives, health programs, and community projects. CFOC houses over 180 funds, each created by organizations, businesses and individuals passionate about supporting various nonprofits, causes and projects.

Oceana Community Foundation Shares Holiday Giving Ideas

With the holiday season fast approaching, have you thought about giving back to Oceana County? The Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) is thrilled to share its 2021 Community Wish Lists. Each year, the Foundation invites Oceana nonprofits to share their ideas for new projects and purchases they’re hoping for this year. These programs are only possible with the help of the community, as these wishes help cover expenses beyond their cash-strapped budget. Funding a wish is a fantastic way to celebrate your community!

Community Foundation Inviting Leaders to Apply for Leadership Learning Lab Program

In partnership with NorthSky Nonprofit Network, Rotary Charities of Traverse City, the Frey Foundation, and other northern lower Community Foundations, the Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) invites local leaders to apply for the 2022 Leadership Learning Lab (LLL) program. The Foundation welcomes leaders at all levels from nonprofit organizations, businesses, government agencies, and Tribal Nations to apply. The application deadline is December 1, 2021

Hesperia Community Assessment Report Out

The results are in on the Hesperia Community Assessment conducted on August 18. The report out and planning meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 2nd at the Hesperia High School cafeteria at 6:30pm. Participants are asked to enter through the cafeteria doors.  The consultant has prepared a comprehensive report and will lead this follow-up resident session to identify top priorities, issues and next steps. Together, participants will brainstorm a starting point towards reaching their vision, and a roadmap of how to approach community investment.

Community Foundation Announces 2021 Teacher Mini-Grant Awards

With students and educators returning to face-to-face learning this fall, the Community Foundation is excited to announce its award of over $6,600 in Teacher Mini-Grants! This year’s Teacher Mini Grant (TMG) program awarded 29 grants to seven schools in Oceana County – nearly doubling the number of grants awarded in 2020.

Oceana Community Foundation Announces First-Ever Placemaking Grant Awards

During the pandemic, the need for outdoor spaces became pronounced as Oceana residents explored nature as a safe getaway. This great need also highlighted the variance in infrastructure across the County, with some areas lacking amenities or the staff capacity to advocate and apply for needed items. The Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) is proud to announce the results of its first-ever placemaking grant round to underserved local communities.

New AmeriCorps VISTA member serving the Foundation

A local AmeriCorps position was recently filled to continue to confront Oceana’s education challenges and to overcome poverty barriers. The Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) renewed their partnership with the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) for a 5th time to host an AmeriCorps VISTA member. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve communities through added human capacity in the community economic development work of small nonprofits.

Read Early Read Often program turning the page on children’s literacy

Since its creation in 2016, as a leadership initiative of the Community Foundation for Oceana County, Oceana Read Early. Read Often. (RERO) has been working hard to make children’s books and early literacy resources accessible and equitable across the county. Providing books and educational activities to the families of young children can encourage later academic excellence, as access to literacy resources is associated with higher education attainment.  In the past five years, RERO has grown and flourished, providing over 36,000 books to Oceana kids!

Hesperia Community Assessment Planned for August 18

The Community Foundation of Oceana County is thrilled to partner with the Village of Hesperia, the Right Place, and the Oceana County Economic Alliance to begin a community assessment on August 18 of Hesperia and its surrounding communities. The initiative is an exciting opportunity to support Hesperia’s economic development, while listening to area residents’ ideas and feedback. The Hesperia Area Community Assessment will provide local officials, organizations, and residents with a shared vision for the future. Together, they can brainstorm a starting point towards reaching their vision, and a roadmap of how to approach community investment.  

Community Foundation Receives Four Grant Awards

The Community Foundation for Oceana County is thrilled to announce that we recently received four grants, totally $35,000! Thank you to Fifth Third Bank, Michigan College Access Network, United Way of the Lakeshore-Oceana and Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF). As an organization that both receives and provides grants, the Community Foundation understands a grant’s impact on local projects and programs.

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