Frey Foundation Grant

Frey Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $500,000

Fields of work: Arts / Culture Access & Participation Music Education Land/Habitat Conservation Farmland Preservation Parks & Public Spaces Trail Creation & Maintenance Freshwater Conservation Art Education Art & Culture Education - Preschool / Early Learning Academic Success & Enrichment Parenting Counseling & Education Child Care Services Rural Development Urban Planning Economic Services & Development Community Development & Revitalization Show all

Applicant type: Indigenous Group, Nonprofit, Government Entity

Funding uses: Capital Project, Education / Outreach, Project / Program, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Counties in Michigan: Antrim County, Benzie County, Charlevoix County, Cheboygan County, Emmet County Show all

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



NOTE: All funding decisions are made by Frey Foundation Trustees. Those decisions are made quarterly in February, May, August, and November. Please note that the timelines may vary based on several factors, including proposal readiness. Foundation staff will keep you informed throughout the review process.

Program Areas 

We have a passion for investing in four key program areas.

Building Community

Community is built at the intersection of people and place. With that understanding, we support projects and programs that range from neighborhood-based initiatives to efforts with broad regional impact that engage residents and foster community vibrancy.

Our grantmaking priorities currently include: 

  • Building strong and attractive city centers and vibrant neighborhoods 
  • Fostering public/private partnerships to enhance local and regional impact
  • Encouraging well-planned development with broad community input
  • Supporting projects and programs that leverage capital investments and foster urban-rural connections

Children & Families

Children are a community’s future. Their success is the community’s success. We support integrated systems that promote healthy development of children and their families, with a special focus on programs that increase access to high-quality preschool and encourage school readiness.

Our grantmaking priorities currently include: 

  • Leveraging community systems that ensure students and schools are successful 
  • Improving parenting skills
  • Ensuring access to high-quality child care
  • Promoting universal access to high-quality pre-school programs

Community Arts

We view the arts as a key indicator of community health, and a powerful tool for individual expression. Our goals are to stimulate the vitality, effectiveness and growth of community-based arts and to encourage community engagement in cultural experiences, particularly among children.

Our grantmaking priorities currently include: 

  • Supporting an arts and cultural community that is strong and diverse 
  • Fostering high-quality, meaningful arts education
  • Improving access to arts and cultural experiences for vulnerable populations
  • Supporting leadership development for arts/culture organizations


Michigan’s natural resources are iconic in beauty and global in significance. Our quality of life depends, in part, on maintaining a balance between open land and well-planned development, managing growth and protecting the natural environment. To that end, we support efforts to enhance, restore, protect and connect land and watersheds, regional trailways, parklands and other greenways widely enjoyed by the public.

Our grantmaking priorities include: 

  • Preserving and restoring significant lakes and streams 
  • Expanding and connecting regional trails and greenways
  • Protecting critical lands including farmland, parkland, and natural habitat areas

Inquiries are accepted by the foundation throughout the year. Once you have completed the online inquiry process, you can expect to hear from us within 30 days.

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


  • Frey Foundation accepts requests from charitable or tax exempt organizations that impact one or more of the Frey Foundation’s program areas, geographic focus areas and meet our funding guidelines highlighted below.
    • As a collaborative funder, we generally consider funding up to 15% of a program and/or 5% of a capital project.
    • Our geographic focus is primarily Kent, Emmet and Charlevoix Counties or projects that impact the broader West/Northern Michigan regions.
    • The Frey Foundation invests in four program areas: Building Community, Children & Families, Community Arts, Environment
    • We value demonstrated practices of inclusion in board recruitment, hiring and delivery of service to beneficiaries that reflect the diversity of the community.


  • We are not likely to fund:
    • Conferences or events;
    • Requests for general operating support, or;
    • Programs that require participants practice or adhere to specific religious beliefs.