Established in 2008, the William J. Deputy Fund supports 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 of the communities of Harbor Country.
The Berrien Community Foundation administers this endowment, which makes 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.
Each municipality may only submit one application per year.
How to Apply:
Grant Applications are due December 1, 2024.
Applications can only be submitted by municipalities in the Harbor Country area.
Click the “Access the Application” button below to be redirected to the application website. New users will need to register as an organization to access grant applications. Please note: Organization accounts will need to be approved by BCF before you can have access to the application. Please write down your login information as we will NOT be able to retrieve that for you.
Once logged in, select “Opportunities” at the top of the page to access grant applications. To return to drafts, click “Submissions” then “In Progress.”
A municipality may only submit one project application per year and may partner with another community organization to apply.
You will need to complete a BCF budget worksheet and upload it to the end of the grant form.