Community Improvement Initiative up to $30,000 available for a single project via this competitive grant program

For the 5th consecutive year, Saginaw Community Foundation will award its Community Improvement Initiative Grant to a single project. The project, as selected by the Foundation's Board of Directors, will receive $25,000. An additional $5,000 will be granted if the selected project matches the grant amount.

With this initiative, Saginaw Community Foundation seeks to create a funding vehicle that will enable the organization to be more proactive in addressing community improvement needs. A desired outcome is to encourage the community to create and implement community improvement initiatives on its own.

What exactly is “community improvement”?

“We have defined a community improvement initiative as a project that will create indelible, measurable impacts in the immediate and broader community,” said Reneé Johnston, SCF president and CEO.

This initiative extends beyond existing charitable organizations, churches, schools and county/city officials. Individuals, community groups, neighborhoods, businesses and youth groups can apply if they utilize the Foundation as a fiscal sponsor. New and existing community projects are eligible.

What types of projects are eligible?

The projects submitted must create indelible, measurable impacts in the immediate and broader community; be supported and planned by a broad range of users; and have a clear, well-laid plan for success and sustainability.

Who can apply for the grant?

Eligible applicants include 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, as well as individuals, community groups, neighborhoods, businesses and youth groups are eligible to apply without a 501(c)(3) if Saginaw Community Foundation, another nonprofit, a local unit of government, or a religious institution is used as the fiscal sponsor.

If interested in utilizing the Saginaw Community Foundation as the project’s fiscal sponsor, give us a call at (989) 755-0545.

Application deadline

Applications are due by April 1, 2017. Before beginning your application, please contact Kendra Kempf, program officer, at (989) 755-0545 or to discuss your project and to receive a grant number. For additional information, visit our Community Improvement Initiative website.

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