Over eleven million dollars has been given back to the Greenville area and Montcalm County in the form of grants and scholarships from the GACF and its affiliates – the Greenville Youth Advisory Council (GYAC), the Lakeview Area Community Fund (LACF), the Lakeview Youth Advisory Council (LYAC), and the Montcalm Panhandle Community Fund (MPCF).

Nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations (under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code), schools, municipalities and other government entities that serve a charitable purpose in the greater Greenville area are encouraged to apply for grants to fund programs or projects that address the community’s educational, health, human service, environmental, and recreational concerns. Applicants are encouraged to call the GACF office for help in understanding the grant process, and the various sources of funding.

Upcoming Grant Cycles

Greenville Youth Advisory Council (GYAC) Grant Cycle

For Greenville area nonprofits with programs or projects that fall within the identified needs of area youth. Scroll down to view our new application process.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 6, 2023
DECISION: FEBRUARY 2023
FUNDING AVAILABLE: MID-MARCH 2023

GACF Spring Education Grant Cycle

For Greenville area nonprofits that have programs with a strong education component.*

APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 17, 2023
DECISION: APRIL 17, 2023
FUNDING AVAILABLE: IMMEDIATELY

*Note: If you are on staff at Greenville Public Schools, grants ARE available but not for other school districts in the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District. Please contact GPS Superintendent or Matt McCullough for instructions specific to GPS including different deadlines.

Lena & Fred Meijer Charitable Fund Grant Cycle

This cycle is specifically for Fred Meijer Trails in Montcalm County (Fred Meijer Heartland Trail, Fred Meijer Flat River Trail, and Fred Meijer White Pine Trail) with projects that need financial support.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: APRIL 7, 2023
DECISION: MAY 16, 2023
FUNDING AVAILABLE: IMMEDIATELY

GACF Fall Unrestricted Grant Cycle

For all area (within Montcalm County and Belding) nonprofits with equipment, programs, or projects that need financial support. Education focused requests will be considered, but are encouraged in the spring education cycle.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: AUGUST 11, 2023
DECISION: OCTOBER 16, 2023
FUNDING AVAILABLE: JANUARY 2024

FORMS & DOCUMENTS

GACF Project/Program
Procedures & Instructions (pdf)
Application Cover Sheet (pdf)
GACF Budget Template (Excel)

GACF Item/Piece of Equipment
Procedures & Instructions (pdf)
Application Cover Sheet (pdf)
GACF Budget Template (Excel)

Meijer Children’s Health Care Grant Cycle

This grant cycle is specifically for area nonprofit health organizations (within Montcalm County) that have programs or projects that affect health care for indigent children. The Meijer Children’s Health Care Fund provides the grant monies for programs that fall within the specific criteria. These applications will be reviewed by a special Advisory Committee with recommendations made to the GACF Board of Trustees for final approval.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: AUGUST 11, 2023
DECISION: OCTOBER 16, 2023
FUNDING AVAILABLE: JANUARY 2024

FORMS & DOCUMENTS

Procedures & Instructions (pdf)
Application Cover Sheet (pdf)
GACF Budget Template
 (Excel)

Lakeview Area Community Fund (LACF) Grant Cycle

For all area nonprofits in the greater Lakeview community that have programs or projects that address the community’s cultural, educational, social, health, environmental and recreational concerns.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: AUGUST 11, 2023
DECISION: OCTOBER 16, 2023
FUNDING AVAILABLE: JANUARY 2024

FORMS & DOCUMENTS

Procedures & Instructions (pdf)
Application Cover Sheet (pdf)
LACF Budget Template (Excel)


Lakeview Youth Advisory Council (LYAC) Grant Cycle

For Lakeview area nonprofit organizations with programs or projects that impact Lakeview area youth.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: TBA FOR 2023
DECISION: TBA FOR 2023
FUNDING AVAILABLE: IMMEDIATELY

FORMS & DOCUMENTS

LYAC Application (pdf)

Montcalm Panhandle Community Fund (MPCF) Grant Cycle

For all area nonprofits in the Montcalm County panhandle area that have programs or projects that address the community’s cultural, educational, social, health, environmental and recreational concerns.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: AUGUST 11, 2023
DECISION: SEPTEMBER 18, 2023
FUNDING AVAILABLE: JANUARY 2024

FORMS & DOCUMENTS

Procedures & Instructions (pdf)
Application Cover Sheet (pdf)
MPCF Budget Template (Excel)

 For further information, contact Laura Montoye, Director of Community Investment, at laura@gacfmi.org, or call the Greenville Area Community Foundation office in Greenville at 616-754-2640.

GACF BOARD VARIANCE POWER: The GACF Board shall have the power to modify any restriction or condition on the distribution of funds for any specified charitable purposes or to specified organizations if in the sole judgment of the Board (without the approval of any trustee, custodian, or agent), such restriction or condition becomes, in effect, unnecessary, incapable of fulfillment, or inconsistent with the charitable needs of the community or area served. (See Article III, Section 1(D) of the community foundation Bylaws.)

How to Apply

Select your Grant cycle

GACF and affiliates offer eight unique grantmaking cycles. View the cycle criteria and priorities, then apply to the cycle that best fits your program or project. 

Create an Account

Applications are submitted online through Go Apply. Please register an account in GOapply. The User Guide offers step-by-step instructions. You will be notified via email when you have access to GOapply.

COmplete your application

GACF staff is available for assistance while completing the grant application. Please allow at least 10 days before the deadline if you would like staff to review your application before submitting.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Contact us for grant assistance.
Laura Montoye
Director of Community Investment
Who is eligible to apply?

Nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations (under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code), schools, municipalities and other government entities that serve a charitable purpose in the greater Greenville area are encouraged to apply for grants to fund programs or projects that address the community’s educational, health, human service, environmental, and recreational concerns. 

When is the decision made?

Decisions are unique to each cycle. GACF will contact you as soon as possible.