Mecosta County Community Foundation
The Mecosta County Community Foundation grants money generally from four main types of funds that it maintains with the administrative support of the Fremont Area Community Foundation.
Most Used Fund
The Community Needs Fund
The fund through which most of our grants are given is the Community Needs Fund, which provides about $20,000 a year to support a wide variety of community projects. Community Needs Fund grant applications are due April 1 and October 1. There are 7 specific categories to which we can make grants from the Community Needs Fund.
For information on the other three types of funds, please see visit our Funds page.
Arts & Culture
Historical Preservation & Resources
Nature Conservation & the Environment
MCYAC grant opportunities are also available for school-related items. Please see the MCYAC page for information specific to those grants.
Community Needs Fund Grant Application Process
Grants are made twice annually from the Community Needs Fund (Discretionary Funds) to successful grant applicants. This fund is an endowment holding a principal amount, and the net earnings on the principal amount are what is available for making grants of money. The Foundation Board exercises its discretion to make grants from this fund consistent with the Mecosta County Foundation Grant Guidelines. Grant requests from this fund are initiated by applications from those representing 501(C)3 or tax-supported organizations located in or having a significant impact in Mecosta County. Money available to grant from this fund may be requested in the Spring Grant Cycle by submitting the required materials by April 1 and in the Fall Grant Cycle by submitting the required materials by October 1.
Currently the Community Needs Fund (Discretionary Funds) are supplemented by funds from the Healthy Youth and Seniors Fund, which are limited funds available to help improve the health and well-being of youth and seniors. Money available to grant from the Healthy Youth and Seniors Fund is requested by including such a request as part of your application to the Community Needs Fund April 1 or October 1 grant cycle.
Community Needs Fund
A request for a grant from the Community Needs Fund is made by completing and submitting the required application materials in our online system.
View the Guidelines & Requirements for general grant guidelines and required materials within the online software.