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Community Grant Rounds

We give grants to 501(c)(3) organizations, churches, schools, agencies, and governmental units serving the greater Oceana County area. Please review our grant guidelines and instructions before starting your application. All grant applications will be submitted in our online portal, goApply.  As this is a new grant portal, all applicants will need to create a new username and password.  Below you will find our anticipated schedule for our 2024 grant cycles.

  • Registration
    Choose a login name and password to create your user account in GoApply. New this year, multiple people from your organization may work on one application!

    Application of Intent
    This provides our staff with an overview of your program that allows them to determine if your project fits CFOC grant priorities, timeline, and budget.  Ideally, the Application of Intent should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the posted grant deadline, however, we can be flexible.  Give us a call to discuss your proposal.

    All organizations submitting an application of intent will be contacted within three business days or sooner. Following staff approval of the application of intent, you may begin working on your full application.

    Because of limited financial resources at this time, the Foundation generally makes only one-time grant commitments up to $5,000. Longer-term commitments may be considered for initiatives that show exceptional promise for community impact.

    Grant Application
    The last step of the process is the submission of your detailed proposal, or grant application, for review by our volunteer Grant Review Committee and CFOC staff members. Grantees that desire feedback on their application are invited to submit a full proposal 15 days prior to the deadline. CFOC staff will review the proposal and offer suggestions. All final decisions are made by our Board of Trustees.

    If your program is supported by a grant, you will be required to submit a final grant report to share the impact of your project.

    Community Grant Application opens October 2nd, 2023!  Once you’ve read the directions, click below to enter the NEW portal.

    2024 Community Grant Round Application Deadlines


    February 1              Applications Open
    February 15           Letter of Intent Due*
    *Letter of Intent due date is flexible, just note the later it is submitted, the less time there will be to submit the full application.
    February 29          Full Grant Application Due
    Week of April 8   Award Notifications will be made


    August 1                           Applications Open
    August 15                        Letter of Intent Due
    August 30                      Full Grant Application Due
    Week of October 14   Award Notifications will be made

    Helpful Links:
    Grant Portal Instructions
    Grant Application Sample
    Application of Intent Sample
    Oceana Deep Dive – Slides
    Grantee Media Kit
    Grant Guidelines


Past Grant Awards

View a complete listing of our previous grant awards, including the organization, project, amount and grant fund.

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Grant Guidelines

If you're wondering how to make your grant proposal better, or what organizations submit the strongest proposals, we can help.

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