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We welcome grant seekers! The Community Foundation encourages grant applications from organizations serving Mackinac Island that are tax-exempt according to Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Service Code. Prospective grant applicants are encouraged to contact the Foundation to discuss their proposal and obtain more information about the grant making process. We invite 501(c)3 organizations serving Mackinac Island to apply for a grant using our Online Grant Application here.

Some items to remember as you apply: 

The deadlines for Grant Applications are March 1 at 12:00 AM and October 1 at 12:00 AM.

About your Organization

  • Your organization must provide benefits to those within the geographic area of Mackinac Island, Michigan.
  • You will be asked to provide your organization's EIN.
  • Your organization must be recognized as a non-profit charitable organization under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code. (Schools and government agencies are also eligible. Grants to religious organizations will be considered only if they serve the general public and do not have religious overtones of a sectarian nature.)

About Your Project

  • Grants are made for future projects only. No funding will be given for projects completed before final board approval. Board approval is usually with eight (8) weeks of the grant deadline. 
  • Your project must serve the geographic area of Mackinac Island, Michigan.
  • Grants are normally not made for operating expenses, annual fundraising campaigns, political campaigns, loans, sectarian purposes, or deficit funding.

About Deadlines

  • Grant applications are accepted twice each year.
  • Grant applications must be submitted by March 1 in the Spring and October 1 in the Fall.

About the Review Process

  • All applications are reviewed by the grant distribution or youth committees before a final decision is reached. Committees are comprised of MICF Trustees and community members.
  • The Grants Committee reviews all applications and decides which grants best fit with the mission of the Community Foundation and the intent of its donors.
  • The Grants Committee submits a report to the full Board of Trustees for approval. These are approved the first week of May and December.
  • Award announcements are made by email, community gatherings, and through paper and social media.
  • Grants are normally paid within one year of approval. If necessary, a written/emailed request may be submitted for a six (6) month extension.

How to Apply for a Grant from MICF

  1. Download the Grant Application Manual.
  2. Click on the link for the GoApply Online Grant Application.
  3. Register your email and organization, if you did not do so in the Spring.
  4. Be sure to include your EIN when registering your organization.
  5. When your registration is approved by MICF, you will receive an email confirmation.
  6. After receiving email confirmation, sign into the GoApply grant application portal.
  7. Click on "Opportunities" in the teal toolbar at the top of the page.
  8. Click "View" to begin your application.
  9. You will have the option to Submit or Save. If you choose to save, you can log in and out of the portal while you are editing your application. When your application is complete, click Submit.

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie McGreevy or Maria Sych via email or by phone at (906) 847-3701. There are consultation times available for those who need additional assistance.