Over the years the Hillsdale County Community Foundation has awarded millions of dollars to make a powerful, positive difference in our community. The Foundation administers over 100 funds and awards grants at various times throughout each year.

Funding Opportunities
Several funding opportunities are available through grants to our community. Each grant cycle has its own application, set of criteria, funding focus, and deadline for submission. For more information regarding our scope of funding, please see below or Contact Us directly and we will assist you.

General Foundation Grants

General grants are made from our named unrestricted endowment funds. General Foundation grants focus on improving the quality of life for the citizens of Hillsdale County. Eligible projects generally fall within these categories; education, fine arts, social services, community development, recreation, environmental issues, health, and wellness.

To apply to the Hillsdale County Community Foundation general grant cycle please click below to view our grant policy and application form. Grant applications are due November and May 1st each year. Our guidelines and application form were revised in February, 2016. Please be sure to use the revised version below.

General Foundation Grant Policy and Application

General Foundation Grant Report Form (a different form is required for grants from donor advised, desiganted, and field of interest funds, as well as YOUTH grants)

2016-2017 General Adult Grant Awards

2016-2017 Grant Awards from Designated, Field of Interest, and Donor Advised Funds


Y.O.U.T.H. Grants
The Foundation's Y.O.U.T.H. Council is composed of local youth, grades 7-12. The Y.O.U.T.H. award grants from a separate endowment fund; the Kellogg Youth Advisory Fund. Their grant making focuses on issues that affect the youth of our county. If your project involves and impacts young people, please review the Y.O.U.T.H. grant policy and application forms.

To learn more please click on Y.O.U.T.H.


Love Your Community Grants

The Love Your Community initiative has been formed to support projects and programs aimed at enhancing and engaging communities. The strongest proposals will demonstrate creativity and innovation, and cannot duplicate services or programs already in place. Each grant award will not exceed $2,000. The application process is now closed for 2017. For information about the 2017 grant award winners, please click here


Additional Grant Information
Council of Michigan Foundations
Council on Foundations
The Foundation Center
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
The Grantsmanship Center - State Funding