The William J. Deputy Fund
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 May 15, 2023.
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. 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.
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, 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.
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.