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 to GACF for grants to fund programs or projects that adress the community’s educational, health, human service, environmental and recreational concerns. Likewise, organizations in the Lakeview area are invited to apply to the Lakeview Area Community Fund and organizations that serve the panhandle area of Montcalm County can apply to the Montcalm Panhandle Community Fund; both administered by the GACF. Applicants are encouraged to call the GACF office for help in understanding the grant process, and the various sources of funding.

The GACF staff is available for assistance at any time while completing the initial grant application. Please allow at least 10 days before the deadline if you would like staff to review the application for the first time before submitting final copies of your application. All documents are available in paper copy at the GACF office.

Upcoming Grant Cycles

Greenville Youth Advisory Council (GYAC) Grant Cycle

For all area nonprofits with programs or projects that fall within the identified needs of area youth.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 7, 2022
DECISION: FEBRUARY 2022
FUNDING AVAILABLE: MID-MARCH 2022

GACF Spring Education Grant Cycle

For all area nonprofits with education-focused equipment, programs, projects, or organizations that need financial support.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 18, 2022
DECISION: APRIL 18, 2022
FUNDING AVAILABLE: IMMEDIATELY

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 8, 2022
DECISION: MAY 16, 2022
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 12, 2022
DECISION: OCTOBER 17, 2022
FUNDING AVAILABLE: JANUARY 2023

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 12, 2022
DECISION: OCTOBER 17, 2022
FUNDING AVAILABLE: JANUARY 2023

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 12, 2022
DECISION: OCTOBER 17, 2022
FUNDING AVAILABLE: JANUARY 2023

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 2022
DECISION: TBA FOR 2022
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 12, 2022
DECISION: OCTOBER 17, 2022
FUNDING AVAILABLE: JANUARY 2023

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 also Article III, Section 1 (D) of the community foundation Bylaws.)