BCF Grants

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.

 
 
 

Berrien Community Foundation "For Good" Project Grants

The “For Good” Grants are open for two cycles per year and are available in two sizes: the "For Good" Major for up to $15,000 and the "For Good" Minor for up to $1,500.  The "For Good" Minor has a shorter, simpler form geared toward organizations with a smaller request and the "For Good" Major is a standard-length grant application. These grants are made possible through donations to the BCF Community Endowment fund.

 

Deadline: February 25, 2022 & September 30, 2022

 

 

Alamar Nonprofit Sustainability Grant

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, 2023.
The award will be announced at our annual meeting in September.

 

 

Golden Acorn Classroom Mini Grants

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, 2023 & June 15, 2023

 

 

Stephen E. Upton Love Your Community Grant

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, 2023.
The award will be announced at the BCF Annual Meeting and Celebration in the fall.
 

 

 

William J. Deputy Grants

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 15, 2023.
 

 

Heart of Cook Earth Day Environmental Grant

The Heart of Cook Earth Day Environmental 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 14, 2023

 

 

Heart of Cook Grants

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 14, 2023

 

 

Frederick S. Upton Foundation

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

 

 

Frederick S. Upton Foundation Big Idea Grant

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 12, 2023.

 

 

 

Southwest Michigan Cares Emergency Grant

In order to support organizations that are serving those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, Berrien Community Foundation and United Way of Southwest Michigan are offering the Southwest Michigan Cares Emergency Project Grant.

Deadlines: Applications will be received and considered throughout the COVID-19 crisis or until further notice is given.

 

 

Vaccine Promotion Grant

The Berrien Community Foundation received a grant from Michigan State University to fund small nonprofit organizations interested in getting accurate information to the Black and Latinx communities in Berrien County about adult vaccination. The goal is for people to be equipped with good data and answer questions to make informed decisions about vaccinations.
Now, the focus is on the COVID-19 vaccine, but this grant is to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy along with other important vaccines such as the flu vaccine, shingles vaccine and pneumonia vaccine.

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed weekly starting March 7. Grants will be awarded shortly thereafter. 

 

Carolyn's Kids

Carolyn’s Kids grant opportunities support programs in the Benton Harbor, St. Joseph and Stevensville areas that improve the lives of children and youth. This grant program is a reflection ofCarolyn Hanson’s love for children and belief that helping to strengthen children is crucial to the future of our community and our world.These grants are for new or existing programs that meet the emerging and ever-changing needs of children. This grant is a partnership between the Hanson Family Foundation and the Berrien Community Foundation.

Deadline: May 31, 2022

 

Howard Facilities Program Endowment Grant

 This grant was established by John E. N. and DeDe Howard to support programs held at facilities bearing the Howard name as of January 1, 2015.

Deadline: September 15, 2023

 

Howard Youth Endowment Program Grant

This grant was established by John E. N. and DeDe Howard to support programs for youth in St. Joseph, Michigan. Priority consideration will be given to programs that take place within the Howard Facilities located in St. Joseph, MI and the Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library.

Deadline: September 15, 2023

 

 

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