Frey Foundation Grant

Frey Foundation

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

Next anticipated deadline: May 15, 2019 (Full proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Aug 15, 2019 (Full proposal), Nov 15, 2019 (Full proposal), Feb 15, 2020 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Nonprofit Government Entity

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

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

Location of residency: United States

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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.


  • Before submitting an inquiry, please ask yourself if your organization meets the following requirements:
    • Has a current 501(c)(3) nonprofit designation from the Internal Revenue Service, is a governmental unit or other tax-exempt entity
    • Serves communities primarily in Kent, Emmet or Charlevoix Counties or the broader West/Northern Michigan region (view map)
    • Addresses one or more of our grantmaking priorities (detailed on page 2), and
    • Intends to pursue a variety of funding sources for the program or project in order to demonstrate sustainability. (Note: grant requests generally should not exceed 15% of a total program budget, or 5% of a capital project budget)


  • We will not likely consider funding the following:
    • Conferences or event sponsorship
    • General operating expenses
    • Requests from faith-based organizations that require participants to practice or adhere to specific religious beliefs
    • Requests from individuals or organizations proposing activities that are non-charitable
    • Organizations that do not demonstrate inclusive practices in board recruitment, hiring and delivery of service