Oleson Foundation Grant

Oleson Foundation

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Deadline: Apr 1, 2021 2:00pm PDT

Grant amount: Up to US $20,000

Fields of work: Art & Culture Land/Habitat Conservation Freshwater Conservation Forestry Farmland Preservation Environmental Stewardship Human & Social Services Health Care Access & Delivery Community Development & Revitalization Recreation Education Show all

Applicant type: Indigenous Group, Nonprofit, Government Entity

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

Location of project: Counties in Michigan: Benzie County, Charlevoix County, Emmet County, Grand Traverse County, Manistee County

Location of residency: Counties in Michigan: Benzie County, Charlevoix County, Emmet County, Grand Traverse County, Manistee County

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About this funder:



About the Oleson Foundation

Gerald and Frances Oleson started The Oleson Foundation in 1962 — a foundation that was designed to continually perform good works in Northwestern Lower Michigan.

The foundation is so organized that it may accept contributions from any individual or organization.

Income from assets of the foundation as well as principal must be used “exclusively for charitable, religious, scientific, literary, or educational purposes either directly or by contributions to organizations” carrying out such activities.

Funding Priorities

The Oleson Foundation’s interests are broad but reflect the wishes of our founders, Gerald and Frances Oleson, to help people help themselves and give the greatest good for the greatest number. We are looking for sustainable, collaborative projects and programs that improve the quality of life for our area residents. 

Program Areas

  • Education
    • Contributing to educational organization including the Inland Seas Education Foundation, Manistee Catholic Schools and more.
  • Environment
    • To provide protection and stewardship of our precious natural resources including watersheds, wetlands, farmland, forest land and the overall protection of the Great Lakes. 
  • Community Development
    • To provide recreational, cultural and special projects that assist our communities to grow and prosper with respect to our natural resources.
  • Health & Human Services
    • To provide assistance to people in need and to have high quality health care available to all communities. 

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


  • Who can apply?
    • All applicants must be 501(c) 3 designated non-profit organizations, or hold non-profit status such as schools, units of government, and churches.
    • The Oleson Foundation serves the general areas of Grand Traverse, Emmet, Charlevoix, Benzie and Manistee Counties.


  • Grants will not be made to individuals, endowments or scholarships.
  • Funds of the foundation are not to be used for private profit, or for political purposes.