Grant Programs

The Saginaw Community Foundation offers several competitive grant programs. In 2011, a total of $168,021.18 was granted to 23 projects and programs through its unrestricted grants. An additional $21,549 was granted to nine projects and programs through the YWCA Fund for Women and Girls. FORCE, the youth advisory committee granted $23,690 to programs and projects affecting children and teens in Saginaw. Thousands of other dollars were granted through other funds at the foundation.


Applicants must contact Kendra Kempf at the Saginaw Community Foundation at (989) 755-0545 prior to submitting an application to determine eligibility and to receive a grant number.


Before you get started, review the grant guidelines, application process and frequently asked questions.

Grant Program Details

●  All-purpose discretionary grants program from the Unrestricted Endowment Fund and various field-of-interest funds

●  Reviewed by the Distribution Committee

●  Designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of nonprofit organizations

●  Typical maximum grant is $10,000


Learn more about unrestricted grants.

●  For projects and programs directly benefiting Saginaw County youth

●  Typical maximum grant is $10,000

●  Typical award is $2,500

●  Priority is placed on projects that include youth in the planning and implementation; empower youth and increase their awareness of community issues; and are first-time funding requests.


Learn more about FORCE Youth Advisory Committee grants.

●  For projects and programs that benefit women and girls of Saginaw County

●  Maximum grant is $5,000


Learn more about YWCA Fund for Women & Girls grants.

●  For programs supporting charitable purposes that benefit the elderly in Saginaw County

●  Priority is placed on programs and projects that enhance the quality of life for those seniors maintaining an independent residence


Learn more about Senior Citizens Enrichment Fund grants.

●  Awarded annually for a project that will create indelible, measurable impacts in the immediate and broader community

●  Only one project/organization may receive this $25,000 grant


Learn more about the Community Improvement Initiative.

●  Provides funding to Saginaw County schools for creative educational initiatives and projects not currently supported by school budgets


Learn more about Grants for Excellence.

● Creates an opportunity for elementary, middle school and high school groups, sports teams and service clubs in the Great Lakes Bay Region to earn funding for priority projects through volunteerism

● Accomplished through the giving of grants to K-12 age groups that complete a preapproved community volunteer activity and meet grant requirements


Learn more about Dow communityGives grants.