The William J. Deputy Endowment Fund

The William J. Deputy Fund

Is an endowment fund established in 2008, to support projects and programs in the Harbor Country area. Bill Deputy was a member of the New Buffalo Yacht Club and New Buffalo Harbor Commission. He was a quiet philanthropist who cared about the growth of his community and the people who lived there. Bill particularly had a heart for the waterfront areas but also wanted to support projects that benefit all the communities of Harbor Country.


The Berrien Community Foundation administers this endowment which will make grants to municipalities in Harbor Country for projects benefiting their residents.

Municipalities serving Grand Beach, Harbert, Lakeside, Michiana, New Buffalo, Sawyer, Three Oaks, and Union Pier are eligible to apply.

How to Apply:

The grant cycle for the William J. Deputy Endowment Fund is open now! Grant Applications must be completed online by June 11, 2018.
Applications can only be submitted by municipalities in the Harbor Country area.

It is best to create an account on the website so that you are able to select save your work and return.
You can do this by scrolling to the bottom of any of our webpages and clicking the LOGIN button.
Please write down your login information as we will NOT be able to retrieve that for you.
A municipality may only submit one project application per year. A municipality may partner with another community organization to apply. You may return to your grant application if you create an account and remember to select "SAVE DRAFT" at the bottom of the page. It may be helpful to type the information in Word and then copy & paste it into the form. This allows you to more easily see and edit your information.

You will need to complete a budget worksheet and upload it to the end of the grant form.

Please note: You should receive a confirmation email after submitting your grant application form. If you do not receive this, please contact us. There may be an issue with the email used to submit the form.


Project Description

In this section include the following information in a narrative format:

  • Statement of needs/problems to be addressed
  • Description of the program/project's goals
  • For existing projects, a brief description of how this program has accomplished its goals in the last year
  • For new programs, a brief description of the model upon which it is based and how it has been successful elsewhere
  • Description of how the project will be completed


Community Benefit

How will this project benefit the residents of Harbor Country?

Please describe who and how many people will benefit.

How will they benefit from the completion of this project?

Time Table

Please describe the time table for completion of this project.

If this is an ongoing project, how do you intend to fund this in upcoming years?


Budget Narrative

Please take this space to clarify or explain any budget items and to describe other sources of funding.

Budget Form

Please CLICK HERE to download and complete the grant project budget form.
Once completed, please upload the form in pdf. format.