Grants Available

Are you interested in applying for a Bay Area Community Foundation grant?

Review Our Guidelines to Ensure You Qualify

  1. Grants are made only to 501(c)3 organizations, educational institutions, and government entities. Grants are not made to individuals.
  2. Grants must benefit the residents of Bay or Arenac Counties (exception applies to Saginaw Watershed Restoration Fund).
  3. Grants cannot be used to fund existing obligations, debts or liabilities.
  4. Grants are made with the understanding that the Foundation has no obligation or commitment to provide any additional support to the grantee.
  5. Requests for support of projects presented by religious organizations will be considered if a general need is being met and the project does not promote the teachings of a particular church denomination.
  6. No grants may be used for any political campaign or to support attempts to influence the legislature or any governmental body other than through making available the results of nonpartisan analysis, study and research.
  7. Bay Area Community Foundation will only provide grants for proposals that do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, weight, height, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, disability or other characteristic protected by law.

Grants Available

The Bay Area Community Foundation has a semiannual grant cycle to which 501(c)3 organizations, educational institutions, and government entities in Bay and Arenac Counties may apply. The following grant types are currently available. Please click on the grant title to begin the application process.

Bay Area Community Foundation Semiannual Grants

Application available:
Spring Grants
1st business day in January through 1st business day in March
Fall Grants
1st business day in August through 1st business day in October

The Foundation is concerned about the community as a whole. We fund a wide variety of projects and programs, such as arts and culture, community initiatives, education & youth, the environment, health & wellness, human services, and recreation. Semiannual grants encompass several different funds and committees which make grants in specific fields of interest. Take moment to review the complete list of grant making funds. Contact Joni King prior to applying.


Dow communityGives Youth Service Program

Application Now Available

This is an opportunity for elementary, middle and high school age groups, sports teams and service clubs in the Great Lakes Bay Region to earn funding for priority projects through volunteerism. This is accomplished through grants awarded to K-12 aged groups that complete a pre-approved community volunteer activity and meet grant requirements. Grants are $1,000 each.
Grant Process – A short document to explain the steps to obtain a communityGives grant.
Application Packet – Packet includes a program explanation, the application, photo release form and final report. Contact Kirsten McIlvenna before starting an application.

Education Mini Grants

Application available January 1 until all ten are awarded

This is a grant opportunity for Bay County educators to purchase innovative supplemental materials for their classroom. Only 10 grants, in amounts up to $300, are distributed each calendar year. Contact Joni King to discuss your proposed grant.

Leslie L. Squires Foundation

Application available:
Spring Grants
1st business day in January through 1st business day in March
Fall Grants 1st business day in August through 1st business day in October

The Leslie L. Squires Foundation supports Bay County projects or programs which benefit children and adults with cognitive or physical disabilities. Contact Joni King before starting an application.