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Love Your Community? You’re Invited…

Deadline extended to March 31, 2017.

We’ve celebrated our community with four previous rounds of  “Love Your Community” mini-grants. It’s been fun and they’ve produced terrific winners like the Muskegon Street Performers, Roll on Muskegon community bike rides, the MI Muskegon photography project, Movies on the Beach at Pere Marquette and so many more.

This year, the we’re inviting anyone who loves our community to apply for mini-grant funding with a special, new focus – we’re looking for ideas that create projects, programs, or events that bring us together and contribute to creating a more inclusive community. The Foundation is awarding five (5) grants to projects that are welcoming, inclusive, create new opportunities for people to come together, make new friends, learn new things, or celebrate the rich diversity of our community.

The possibilities are endless! And just like past grant contests, winners will be determined based on votes received on the Foundation’s Facebook page. Here’s the scoop:

  • WHAT – Grants up to $500 will be awarded for projects that encourage people to reach out and love their community, which can include any or all parts of Muskegon County. Submitted programs/projects must be for the benefit of Muskegon County citizens and not for personal or business benefit. Grant dollars awarded are to be used to complete the proposed project. This includes new projects or programs, program enhancement within the scope of work or expansion of an already existing project.
  • WHO – Any nonprofit organization, business or individual is eligible to apply. Only one application per nonprofit, business or individual, please!
  • HOW – Email a completed application and a photo or illustration (.jpg) to by 5:00 p.m. on March 31, 2017.
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE – Friday, March 31, 2017 – All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. at 

All grant application entries become the property of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County and will be voted on by the public via the Foundation’s Facebook page ( The Community Foundation will post the project description and photo/illustration depicting each project. Each “like” received for that project will count as one (1) vote, so encourage your supporters to follow the Foundation and be sure to “like” your photo. The five projects with the most “likes” on the Foundation’s page (not on shared posts) will receive funding.

Talk about your project on your own Facebook page or Twitter account and be sure to use the hashtag #InclusionInAction in your posts and tweets!

Voting will begin on Monday, April 10 on Facebook. Winning applicants will be asked to provide a more detailed one-page project description and project budget. Please note that the Foundation reserves the right not to publish applications that do not meet grant guidelines. As with all of our grants, decisions are subject to Foundation Board of Trustees’ approval.

Questions? Contact or JacQuaye A. Payne,, 231.332.4124.

Download the Love Your Community grant application form here. [pdf].