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From closed offices and cancelled fundraising events to adapting programming for the digital landscape, we know that our local nonprofits are feeling the effects of COVID-19 in varying ways, both big and small.

To help offset the cost to area nonprofits in implementing a safe environment for their employees and those they serve as a result of the coronavirus, Bay Area Community Foundation is offering a mini grant opportunity through the COVID-19 Community Response Fund.

Eligibility: Nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations located in Bay County, Michigan.

Total Funding Available per Nonprofit: Up to $1,000.

Deadline: Requests will be accepted until funding is exhausted.

Grant Terms:

  • Nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations located in Bay County, Michigan are eligible for funding.
  • Grant funds must be utilized within 6 months of approval date
  • Funds can be used for costs related to the organization’s COVID-19 response. Such items may be, but are not limited to: PPE equipment, cleaning/sanitizing supplies, signage, preparing spaces for programming and social distancing measures.
  • Nonprofits must submit the appropriate application form. No email requests will be considered.
  • Applications will be reviewed and given a determination within 14 days of submission.
  • Grant awards will be distributed within 14 days of approval.
  • A brief email indicating how the funds were utilized is required within 6 months of approval date.

For more information or questions about this grant opportunity, contact Joni King at 989-893-4438 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For additional information on preparedness and response plans or guidelines about reopening, visit reopenbaycounty.com.

Click here to access the application.



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