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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 2022 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 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 with a grant, you will be required to submit a final grant report to share the impact of your project.

    Community Grant Application opens Monday, October 3rd 2022!  Once you’ve read the directions, click below to enter the NEW portal.  If you utilized your account in Fall 2021 (GoApply V1), you will need to reset your password using these directions. If you applied in Spring 2022 you are in GoApply V2 and new applicants, enter the portal using the link below, and check out the full instructions for portal use and grant submission, here.

    Grant Workshop
    We will be hosting our next grant workshop prior to our spring 2023 grant round. For any questions, please call the Foundation office at 231-869-3377 or refer to the grant portal instructions below under helpful links.

    Application Deadlines

    Fall 2022 Grant Round is open
    Application of intent due October 17th (this date is flexible)
    Full application due October 31st

    Helpful Links:
    Grant Portal Instructions
    Grant Workshop 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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