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Campership Application Now Open!  The Shelby Rotary Club and Community Foundation for Oceana County donors are pleased to offer the chance for Oceana youth to attend summer camp. Awards are capped at $250 per applicant, but higher requests will be evaluated according to available funding. All awards will be paid directly to the camps and are available for any type of camping focus – arts, sports, scouts, church, general, and leadership experiences. Preference is given to first-time requests. Questions can be directed to Tiffany Haight at haightfour@gmail.com or 231-873-1859. The deadline to submit an application is May 24th!

Applications are available at all Oceana County schools, Shelby Public Library or found here.

Urgent Needs Fund

The Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) has established an Urgent Needs Fund to provide support to area nonprofit organizations, schools and governments on the front lines serving those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  We recognize that we are in unchartered waters – the length and depth of our collective hardships are unknown. We do know that our foundation is here for the long haul and that community needs will expand and evolve through this situation. Our goal is to be swift to respond to the basic needs of today, such as food, health, shelter, education, and more!

Nonprofits providing services towards basic needs are encouraged to apply to our Urgent Needs Fund here.

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 before starting your application. All grant applications will be submitted in our online portal, eGrant.  Any applicant who did not apply in 2020 will need to create a new username.  Below you will find our anticipated schedule for our 2021 grant cycles.

  • Registration
    Choose a login name and password to create your user account in GoApply. Whenever possible, utilize a general email, rather than an email tied to an individual within your organization – e.g. grants@oceanafoundation.org.

    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.

    Spring 2021 Grant Application now open.  Click the link below to get started! 

    Application Deadlines
    Spring 2021 Grant Round:
    Application of Intent due April 5th 
    This Application of Intent deadline is flexible- give us a call to discuss your proposal!
    Full application due April 19th 
    This deadline is firm.
    Fall 2021 Grant Round:
    Application of intent due September 16th
    Full application due September 30th

    Helpful Links:
    Grant Application Instructions
    Grant Workshop Slide Deck
    Grantee Media Kit
    Grant Guidelines 

Past Grant Awards

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Grant Guidelines

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