Michigan County Fair Grants, Deadline Feb. 1

A competitive grant opportunity for Michigan’s county fairs is now open. The grant offers dollars to make building and other capital improvements to fairground facilities. Grants are also available to other entities (such as associations or other organized events) hosting fairs or livestock/commodity expositions.

The capital improvement program provides additional funds for county fair officials to help make needed improvements to their fairground facilities; including, but not limited to, structural improvements or other renovations to buildings.

The submitted grants will go through a competitive grant process and will be reviewed by an evaluation committee.

Eligible applicants include:

  • fairs that are incorporated under Act 80 of 1855
  • county-owned and operated fairs operating under Act 11 of 1929 that have submitted all required year-end reports for the prior two years
  • fairs that did not receive a competitive capital improvement grant for the grant period of April 1 through December 31, 2017

The shows and expositions grant provides financial support for awards in the form of premiums or promotional activities of the livestock and commodity expositions. Livestock expositions hosting expos must meet the required number of exhibitors.

The application deadline for these programs is Feb. 1, 5 pm. Contact us for more information. To learn more about GFA please visit our website at http://gfa.tc.


Michigan County Fair Grants, Deadline Feb. 1

MDEQ Recycling Grants, Deadline March 9 2018

The MDEQ is offering communities grants to purchase residential recycling carts. Too often, the lack of recycling collection infrastructure prevents valuable recyclable materials from becoming new products manufactured in Michigan. A proven method for increasing recycling is ensuring that community members have convenient access to recycling opportunities. Communities in the Southeastern Oakland Resource Recovery Authority that received DEQ grants for curbside carts have seen trash volumes decrease and recycling volumes increase 30% in just the first few months after cart delivery.

To assist communities with the purchase of residential recycling carts, the DEQ is offering up to $500,000 during fiscal year 2018. Cities, villages, townships, charter townships, counties, tribal governments and/or municipal solid waste or resource recovery authorities are all welcome to apply. Requests for funding will be accepted through March 9, 2018. For more information about the grants program, visit http://www.michigan.gov/mirecycles.

This information is provided as a service for our clients and communities. To learn more about GFA please visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

MDEQ Recycling Grants, Deadline March 9 2018

Community Foundation Grants, Deadline Oct. 1

The Grand Traverse Community Foundation’s fall grant cycle is open. Application are due by Oct. 1.

Genuine Leelanau Charitable Endowment

  • The Genuine Leelanau Charitable Endowment provides support to nonprofit organizations or groups that work to enhance the life and culture of women, children and families in Leelanau County.

Joan Rajkovich McGarry Family Education Endowment

  • The Joan Rajkovich McGarry Family Education Endowment supports programs and services to benefit Grand Traverse and/or Leelanau Counties. The grantmaking focus is on nutrition and, in particular, on school aged children and obesity issues. $5,000 will be available to grant in 2017.

Traverse City Track Club Endowment

  • The TC Track Club Endowment supports running related activities including; Cross Country Programs, Track and Field Programs, Summer Camp Activities, Running/Walking Programs and Charitable Giving Related to Running. The TC Track Club Endowment is both a Spring and Fall Grant Cycle Opportunity

Youth Endowment

  • The Community Foundation Youth Endowment grants are available to nonprofit, educational or governmental organizations serving youth in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau Counties.

Note: This is a very local program, limited to northwest Michigan, that we publicize as a public service. To learn more about GFA please visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

Community Foundation Grants, Deadline Oct. 1

Food Processing Grants, Deadline Nov. 7

The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) is offering a
grant opportunity to promote the expansion of value-added agriculture production,
processing, and access within the state to enhance Michigan’s food and agriculture

MDARD will accept proposals that are intended to establish, retain, expand, attract
and/or develop value-added agricultural processing in Michigan; expand or develop regional food systems; or expand access to healthy food.

Funding Areas
Funding will be focused on the following types of projects:
Food hub development
Food access, including access to fresh/nutritional foods
Value-added food processing
Innovation and equipment
Technical assistance, including feasibility studies that lead to jobs/investment
Outreach and training

Grant Criteria
Grants will be awarded a maximum amount of $125,000. Applicants must provide a minimum 30% match.
Cash match is required, and in-kind contributions will not be counted as part of the required match.

Proposals are due Nov. 7. Contact us for more information on this grant program. To learn more about GFA visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

Food Processing Grants, Deadline Nov. 7

Lighthouse Grants, Deadline Nov. 17

The Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program (MLAP) was established to assist in the preservation, rehabilitation and protection of historic lighthouses in Michigan. This grant program is managed through the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). Funding for the MLAP comes from the sale of lighthouse license plates. These grant dollars are exclusive to light station rehabilitation and planning projects for light station resources listed or eligible for listing in the National Register.

Eligible Applicants

Nonprofit organizations and state or local governments that own (or are in the process of acquiring) or have long-term leases on a lighthouse are eligible to apply for these funds. Private individuals are not eligible for these grants.

The project must be ready to proceed at the time of application and must not be dependent on future actions, approval, or cooperation from other organizations before the project can begin.

This program requires a 50% match, grant awards $7,500 – $60,000. Applications are due by 5 pm November 15. Contact us for more information on this program. To learn more about GFA please visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

Lighthouse Grants, Deadline Nov. 17

State Farm Good Neighbor Grants, Deadline Oct. 31

Good Neighbor Citizenship® Company Grants may be awarded to:

  • Educational institutions
  • Programs conducted by Municipal, county, state or federal government entities that align with State Farm’s charitable focus.
  • 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organizations
  • 501(c)(4) volunteer fire companies
  • 501(c)(6) chambers of commerce

State Farm grant applications for 2018 will be available beginning Friday, September 1, 2017 through Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

Nationally, we support communities through social investments and countrywide relationships. At a local level, our company grants focus on three areas: safety, education, and community development.

Safety Grants

State Farm values the importance of keeping our neighbors safe.

Funding is directed toward:

  • Auto and roadway safety
  • Teen Driver Education
  • Home safety and fire prevention
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Disaster recovery

Community Development

Strong neighborhoods are the foundation of a strong society. We’re committed to maintaining the vibrancy of our communities by assisting nonprofits that support: affordable housing, first time homeowners, neighborhood revitalization, financial literacy, job training, and small business development. Through community outreach and community development grants and investments, State Farm gives back to the neighborhoods it serves and helps develop stronger neighborhoods by reinvesting in the community. Our funding is directed toward:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Job training
  • Neighborhood Revitalization
  • Small business Development
  • Financial Literacy
  • First Time Homeownership

Education Grants

Additionally, we support efforts to provide all children with an education that will allow them to reach their greatest potential and prepare them to participate in a nation and economy that continues as a global leader. We fund three types of grants for K-12 public schools.

  • Teacher Development
  • Service-Learning
  • Education Reform/Systemic Improvement

Contact us for more details on this program. To learn more about GFA visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

State Farm Good Neighbor Grants, Deadline Oct. 31

Tribal Energy Capacity Grants, Deadline Oct. 9

A grant program is now open for proposals from federally recognized Indian Tribes, Alaska Native Villages, regional or village corporations, tribal organizations, and Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations to build tribal capacity for energy resource development or management under the Department of the Interior’s Tribal Energy Development Capacity (TEDC) grant program.

For this program, capacity building refers to developing organizational structures, business entity structures, or developing or enhancing regulatory functions, all related to tribal energy development for the purpose of strengthening tribal capacity for development and management of energy projects. There is no cost-sharing requirement. Approximately 35 grants, from $1,000 to $300,000 are expected to be awarded.

Contact us for more information. To learn more about GFA visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

Tribal Energy Capacity Grants, Deadline Oct. 9