BCF Grant Tour


The Berrien Community Foundation is the home of several funding sources for area non-profit organizations. But sometimes the number of deadlines and opportunities can get confusing. To help clear up the process and keep Berrien County non-profit organizations informed, Berrien Community Foundation is offering a series of five meetings to provide information on funding opportunities and answer questions. The meetings are being held throughout Berrien County and non-profit representatives can attend whatever meeting is the most convenient for them.

“We have several funding programs flowing through the Berrien Community Foundation each year,” said BCF President Lisa Cripps-Downey. “It’s important to know the deadlines and to make a plan for funding. We also wanted to get out to all corners of Berrien County to make sure non-profits from Coloma to New Buffalo to Niles have a location that is convenient for them to come and talk to us.”

The Grant Tour locations and times are:


Niles Grant Info Tour Meeting

Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017

Time: 6-7 p.m.

Place: Niles District Library (620 E. Main St., NIles)


Berrien Springs Grant Info Tour Meeting

Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017

Time: 6-7 p.m.

Place: Berrien Springs Library (215 W. Union, Berrien Springs)


New Buffalo Grant Info Tour Meeting Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017

Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Place: New Buffalo Library (33 N. Thompson Street, New Buffalo)


Coloma Grant Info Tour Meeting

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017

Time: 6-7 p.m.

Place: Coloma Library (151 W. Center Street, Coloma)


Benton Harbor/St. Joseph Grants Info Meeting

Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Time: 6-7 p.m.

Place: Maude Preston Palenske (St. Joseph) Memorial Library (500 Market Street, St. Joseph)


The same information will be provided at each meeting so agencies only need to attend one meeting. Other area funders have been invited to provide information or present.


“We will provide some standard information at the meeting and then be available to answer your questions,” said Susan Matheny, BCF Grants/Scholarships Officer. “I think non-profits will be able to gain some insight into the grant process and get some new ideas for funding.”


For more information regarding the grant tour, contact Susan Matheny at susanmatheny@berriencommunity.org or 269-983-3304.


About the Berrien Community Foundation

The Berrien Community Foundation works to be the center of philanthropy in Berrien County. BCF holds endowment and other funds that help to fund programs and projects throughout Berrien County. Through these funds the Community Foundation is able to support the ever-changing needs of Berrien County now and into the future. The Foundation holds over $42 million in assets providing grants and scholarship throughout the County. The Foundation also provides opportunities for individuals to fulfill their charitable intentions.



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