Cook Family Foundation Grant

Cook Family Foundation

Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $50,000

Next deadline: Nov 1, 2018

Later deadlines: Apr 1, 2019

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, General Operating Expense, Applied Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Shiawassee County, Michigan

Location of residency: Preferred: Shiawassee County, Michigan Other eligible locations: United States

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The Cook Family Foundation invests in community organizations that are committed to positive change, both within Shiawassee County and within the organization itself. We make grants to community institutions that desire to better serve the residents of Shiawassee County through new activities, improved programs, or collaborative initiatives. Rather than just make a gift of financial resources, the Cook Family Foundation seeks to invest in the mission, and the future, of an organization.

We encourage all prospective applicants to contact us prior to submitting a full proposal. We will discuss your organization’s goals as well as the Cook Family Foundation’s interest in your proposed project. You may also submit a one-page letter of interest if you prefer.

Types of Grants

Our goal is to help initiate change and growth within an organization, and as such the Foundation is willing to provide financial support for programs, facilities, equipment, staffing, professional development, contracted services, or other tools for positive change. In order to carry out our mission and assist a variety of good causes, we cannot provide on-going operational support to organizations.

Grant Amounts

The Foundation typically makes grants of between $5,000 and $50,000. Sometimes we have made effective grants for smaller amounts, and on a few occasions we have made larger grants for very promising and significant endeavors. We prefer one-time grants, but have also made multi-year commitments to help initiate projects. If your proposal falls outside of our typical grant-making history, please contact us in advance of submitting your proposal so we can discuss your organization’s needs

Areas of Interest

The Cook Family Foundation does not seek to promote any particular cause or address only certain concerns. Rather, we desire to help community organizations grow and be successful in the mission they have set for themselves. We are open to funding in a wide variety of issue areas. We have adopted six goals for our work with community partners: 

  • Encourage the highest level of academic success for our community’s young people 
  • Expand the capacity of community-based nonprofits to more effectively carry out their mission and serve the residents of Shiawassee County
  • Foster the Shiawassee River as a source of pride for the community
  • Promote the arts and history as strong cultural cornerstones of the community
  • Help care for and protect the most vulnerable members of our community
  • Increase opportunities for community collaboration and engagement among and between local nonprofits, arts organizations, government, students, and citizens (click here to view our Collaborative Efforts page).

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


  • Grants Limited to Shiawassee County and the Shiawassee River Watershed:
    • The Foundation focuses its grant making on Shiawassee County and only considers grants that serve the residents of Shiawassee County.
    • Grants for environmental purposes are made to protect the natural areas defined by the watershed of the Shiawassee River.
    • To honor the Foundation’s legacy, the only grants made outside of Shiawassee County are to the University of Michigan and the Hayo-Went-Ha Camps of the State Y of Michigan.


  • Strong preference is given to grants that are part of an organizational self-improvement plan, such as the Foundation’s Nonprofit Capacity Development Program.
  • We prefer to fund organizations that are based in our community; at a minimum, applicants should have strong representation of Shiawassee County residents in their governance system.


  • Grant Limitations
    • With the exception of scholarships, we do not give grants to individuals. 
    • We do not fund direct lobbying activities or political campaigns, and we uphold federal law that prohibits the expenditure of nonprofit funds for political campaigns (electioneering).
    • We do not give grants for religious purposes.
      • The Foundation does recognize the role faith-based organizations play in addressing human service needs in our local communities.
      • We will consider funding secular programs and activities sponsored by faith-based organizations when participation in those activities is in no way based on religious belief nor requires participation in religious activities (proselytization).
      • We may request additional documentation and verification on the part of such applicants to ensure this policy is upheld.

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