Community Foundation for Livingston County Grant Program

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

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Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $25,000

Next deadline: May 15, 2020

Later deadlines: Aug 15, 2020, Nov 15, 2020, Feb 15, 2021

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Livingston County, Michigan

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:




The Community Foundation for Livingston County is a permanent community endowment established to improve the public well-being and quality of life in Livingston County by:

  • Providing leadership in identifying and addressing community needs and opportunities
  • Attracting and managing charitable gifts and bequests primarily in the form of permanent endowments
  • Using the assets to make prudent and creative grants to address emerging community needs in a wide-range of charitable activities

Since 1991, the Community Foundation for Livingston County has awarded nearly $700,000 through more than 130 grants to support and improve the public well-being and quality of life in the areas of neighborhood and regional economic development, human services, the arts, civic affairs, education, health and the environment in Livingston County. Since its inception, the foundation has established 18 funds to recognize individuals and businesses in Livingston County, growing the foundation’s endowment and related funds to more than $1.1 million.The Community Foundation for Livingston County was established to support and improve the public well-being and quality of life in Livingston County.

Community Foundation for Livingston County + Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

The grantmaking priorities for the Community Foundation for Livingston County are aligned with the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan’s grantmaking guidelines in terms of general content and supporting material for a grant application.

To us, southeast Michigan is more than a geographic region — it’s the place we call home. And because of that, we have worked hard to build a strong understanding of how it can be improved. Over the years, the Community Foundation has helped to create and fund numerous projects that improve the lives of those who live here.

Our interest areas span from:

  • health
  • environment
  • arts and culture
  • human services

We seek to make strategic investments in the community, and look to partner with nonprofit organizations to help create enduring solutions to complex problems. Effecting change requires both passion and measured thought, and we work hard to find proposals that encompass both.

Our Priorities

While the Community Foundation has a large footprint in terms of the types of organizations we fund, there are common priorities that we look for in any application, no matter how large or small, and no matter what topic area. Our current priorities include the following: ( See complete details here )

  • Sustainability
  • Regional Impact
  • Leverage
  • Collaboration

Specifics of What We Fund

Beyond these priorities, we consider a very wide range of requests. Here are a few key points to keep in mind:

  • In general, we provide support to a specific project of an organization.
    • While we want to understand the entire organizational picture and why this project is the priority, we also want to understand the details of where the Community Foundation’s funds will be utilized.
  • In terms of line-items that can be included in the request, please discuss this with a Program staff member when you call.
    • Most often, we support specific direct costs of various projects and programs.
    • We will consider funding staff as a portion of requests, but will need to understand how it is tied to the project, and the long-term sustainability plan for maintaining that staff.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The Foundation will make grants to 501(c)(3) organizations, government entities, school districts and universities that provide programs that serve Livingston County.
  • Organizations must have an independent certified financial audit.


  • Normally, grants are not made for projects or travel outside of Livingston County.
  • We do not make grants to individuals, sectarian religious programs, or to cover deficits or other previously incurred obligations.
  • Low priority is given to requests for ongoing operational costs, capital projects or campaigns, annual fund drives, conferences or other one-time events.