The Lapeer County Community Foundation, henceforth known as the Foundation, builds and manages permanent endowment funds from a wide variety of donors to provide grants that enhance the quality of life in Lapeer County, now and for future generations.
Various types of permanent endowment funds, often referred to simply as “funds,” are entrusted to the Foundation by donors throughout Lapeer County. The Foundation invests and manages these funds with the goal of increasing their principal and returning part of the earnings to the community through grant making.
Donors establish designated funds for a wide variety of purposes, such as providing scholarships, benefiting specific charities, or supporting a particular purpose. Grants from designated funds are awarded considering input from the donor(s) or a committee which advises the fund.
Discretionary funds are earmarked for an area of philanthropic interest (e.g., the arts, human services, or environment), or created for unrestricted grantmaking purposes. In the case of area of interest and unrestricted funds, the donor entrusts the Foundation with the task of awarding grants that address current or emerging community needs.
The Foundation funds charitable organizations that are able to demonstrate projects planned with respect to the community’s opportunities and needs.
The Foundation gives priority to programs that:
• provide incentive for generating other funds and community resources.
• reach as many people as possible in Lapeer County.
• increase individual access to community resources.
• examine and address the underlying causes of local problems.
• promote personal independence and achievement.
• seek challenge or matching grants. • attract volunteer resources and support.
• strengthen the private, non-profit sector.
• encourage and facilitate collaboration with other organizations.
• build the capacity of the applying organization.
The Foundation cannot grant monies for:
• religious or sectarian purposes.
Eligibility & Guidelines
Eligibility: The Foundation welcomes grant requests from organizations in and/or serving Lapeer County having recognition under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, educational institutions and governmental entities.
Guidelines: Detailed funding priority information for specific funds is available by contacting the Foundation office. Grants from unrestricted funds are made in the areas of education, arts and culture, the environment, health care, human services, recreation and other project topics.
Precedence is given to projects that:
• have clear, defined goals and measurable outcomes.
• demonstrate a clear and convincing need and target gaps in current services.
• encourage cooperation, not duplication of services.
• include a long-term, sustainable financial plan.
• increase the capacity of the community and its citizens to participate in identifying community needs and in developing and implementing solutions.
• develop self-reliance and eliminate dependency.
• mirror the diversity of our community and promote equity among its various segments.
Other general policies and considerations:
• The Foundation believes that a community-wide commitment to lifelong learning, development and growth for all citizens is essential to sustaining a healthy community. It is the Foundation’s belief that a diversity of individuals, organizations, and perspectives is essential to any effective community effort. The Foundation actively seeks to promote access, equity, and inclusiveness and to eliminate discrimination. The Foundation does not knowingly support organizations that discriminate.
• The Foundation does not fund religious activities. The Foundation will consider funding secular activities sponsored by churches and other faith-based organizations when participation is not based on religious beliefs and/or affiliations.
• Grants are made for one year.
• Grants will not normally be made for operating and/or maintenance budgets.
• Grants will not normally be given to local units of government for basic educational or municipal functions.
Organizations interested in applying are strongly encouraged to discuss their project with the Executive Director prior to submitting an application. If the project meets the basic eligibility criteria and is consistent with the Foundation’s program interests, a formal application will be sent to the applicant. The Foundation reserves the right to request additional information about the organization, the project, and added financial details.
Applications for grants are accepted at any time. Application forms are available by contacting the Foundation office. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the Foundation for further information, either through the Grant Review Committee or by contacting the Executive Director. The Grant Review Committee meets regularly to consider applications. Organizations may submit grant applications throughout the year. Deadlines occur at 5:00 p.m. on the final business day of each month. Specific application deadlines may be announced for particular funds or through Requests for Proposals.
Each application will be reviewed when all application information has been received. Members of the Grant Review Committee and/or staff for the Foundation may conduct a site visitation and/or ask to meet with or interview representatives of the applicant organization.
Grant applications shall be submitted sufficiently in advance to provide Foundation staff and the Grant Review Committee time to completely review the funding request. Any circumstances that require consideration of expedited review must be explained in the proposal.
Applicants with outstanding/late Project/Program final reports for previous grants will not be considered for one (1) year after the final report has been submitted and any unused funds returned to the Foundation.