Our Community's Endowment
Our Competitive Grant Program is the primary way that CFHZ distributes funding from our Community's Endowment. To learn more about our strategy and process for Competitive Grants, please read our Competitive Grant Guidelines and how to Apply for a Grant.
In addition to directly investing in projects and programs that benefit area residents through competitive grants, we also channel a portion of our Community's Endowment funding to efforts that strengthen our local nonprofit sector. Within this space, we support the Lakeshore Nonprofit Alliance which serves area nonprofits by facilitating collaboration, leveraging resources, and providing professional and organizational development opportunities.
We also invest in collaborative efforts to gather robust local data that provide critical insights into new and changing needs in our community. These include the Greater Ottawa County United Way Community Assessment and the Ottawa County Youth Assessment Survey. These tools help all of us to make well-informed, strategic choices about how to make the greatest difference with our available resources.
The Community Foundation can also be a partner to nonprofit organizations through the charitable giving tools we have available, in particular Nonprofit Endowment Funds. A nonprofit endowment fund is a simple and effective way for organizations to add a sustainable, long-term source of income to their revenues.