Check out all of our grant opportunities by clicking the names of the grants below!
Organizations may receive more than one type of grant each calendar year but only one from each program.
and "For Ever" Operational Sustainability Grants
Because of COVID-19, we have made a few changes to the BCF grants for 2021. Agencies may apply for either of the Major or Minor “For Good” project grants (to support a specific program) OR the “For Ever” Operational Sustainability Grant (for general operations support). The "For Good" Major is for projects up to $10,000 and the "For Good" Minor is for projects up to $1,000. The “For Ever” Grant is for up to $10,000.
These grants are made possible through donations to the BCF Community Endowment fund.
Deadline: February 24, 2021 & September 30, 2021
This grant is a $75,000 grant paid over three years that is awarded annually to a Berrien County nonprofit organization.
Successful applications will focus on keeping nonprofits healthy by finding sustainable ways to take care of their employees.
The grant process begins with a letter of intent that is due on April 30, 2021.
The award will be announced at our annual meeting in September.
We know that classroom teachers often use their own funds for special classroom projects or needs.
This grant opportunity is open twice each year for Berrien County teachers.
The grants are for up to $500.
Applications are open year-round, except for one month intervals taken to process applications.
Deadline: February 15, 2021 & June 15, 2021
Steve Upton is known for his charitable heart and love for Berrien County. This is a $50,000 grant awarded annually to a
Berrien County nonprofit organization that can demonstrate how their program or project will "Love Your Community."
The grant process begins with a letter of intent that is due on June 1, 2021.
The award will be announced at the BCF Annual Meeting and Celebration in the fall.
Open to municipalities in Harbor Country, this grant opportunity was provided by a life-end gift from
William Deputy, who loved the Harbor Country area and wanted to see it grow and improve.
Deadline: May 15th, 2021.
The Heart of Cook Earth Day Grant is a special program focused on projects that benefit the environment or raise
environmental awareness. Special consideration is given for projects that have STEM involvement, or can demonstrate
a lasting sustainability component, or supports ground water sustainability/protecting our water sources. Available to
organizations in all of the Indiana Michigan Power service territory with preference given to Berrien County.
Deadline: March 10, 2021
The Heart of Cook is the giving arm of DC Cook Nuclear Plant in Bridgman, Michigan.
Each year Cook employees review applications to decide what projects and programs will earn
recognition and funding through the Heart of Cook. The three primary funding areas for this
grant are: furthering education, supporting human services and preserving the environment.
Deadline: February 10, 2021
Deadlines for the Frederick S. Upton Foundation grants are March 15, June 15 and October 15 each year.
The grants are available to nonprofit organizations serving Berrien County, Michigan.
One of the goals of the Foundation is encourage organizations and people to
work together to improve both the economics and culture of Berrien County.
The Berrien Community Foundation administers grants for the Frederick S. Upton Foundation.
Deadlines: March 15, June 15, October 15
The Big Idea Grant is a special grant program of the Frederick S. Upton Foundation.
Each year the Foundation provides one $50,000 and one $25,000 grant to nonprofit organizations serving Berrien County.
These grants support innovative programming and new ideas to enhance and serve our community.
The grant process begins with a letter of intent that is due on April 13, 2021.
Southwest Michigan Cares Emergency Grant
As the community works through the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, local funders and businesses
have come together to create the Southwest Michigan Cares Fund. This fund will support agencies
that are serving those affected by COVID-19. Eligible entities are 501c3 nonprofits, religious
organizations doing community work or schools doing community work.
The application process will remain open throughout the COVID-19 crisis or until further
notice is given. Grants will be reviewed and awarded on a weekly basis until further notice.