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Heart of Cook

Congratulations to all the 2017 recipients of the Heart of Cook Grants! 

The next round of applications will be available in early 2018. 

The Heart of Cook will be accepting grant their next round of applications in late January, 2018. The deadline for grant submission for both the mini-grants and the standard grant program will be announced in late 2017. Mini-grants are for small projects requesting $100 - 500. The standard grant program is for grants of $501 - $10,000. Organizations can apply for only one grant per year. Organizations that have received grant dollars for three consecutive years are ineligible to apply for one year. 

Grant Process:

All grant submissions must be completed online.    The Heart of Cook grant program is green! All grant applications are handled electronically. To fill out a grant application,

  1. Select the the mini-grant or standard grant form below.
  2. Create an account and sign in to the website
  3. Please remember your login information as it will allow you to save and modify your grant application over multiple sessions. We cannot retrieve this login information for you.
  4. The grant form will be available to you as a registered user.
  5. To save your work, hit save at the bottom of each page
  6. Please note when filling out your application: Project start dates should be for May 2018 or later.  Projects starting before May 2018 will not be considered. 
  7. You can submit your final application by hitting Submit at the end of the application process. You should receive an email notifying you that the grant was submitted to the system. If you do not receive a verification email, please contact Susan Matheny at BCF at (269) 983-3304 x 4.

Grant Criteria & Guidelines

Mini-Grant Application ($100 - 500)

Grant Application - Long Form ($501 - 10,000)

History of the Program  In 2003 D.C. Cook Nuclear Plant started "The Heart of Cook." This competitive grant program is a way for one of Berrien County's largest employers to give back to the community while involving their employees in the process. The Heart of Cook also provides scholarships for the next generation of engineers as part of the Berrien Community Foundation's Scholarship Program.

The Berrien Community Foundation administers the program which targets grants that assist educational, human services, and environmental nonprofit projects in Southwest Michigan and Northwest Indiana (La Porte, St. Joseph, and Elkhart Counties).

Applying organizations will be notified of the decisions by mail in early April. For those organizations receiving grants, these will be provided at a May reception. Organizations can apply for either a mini-grant or a larger grant. Organizations cannot apply for both types in a single year.