Our Community's Endowment
In 2021, CFHZ will offer two grant funding opportunities with our Community’s Endowment resources. The Competitive Grant Program will reopen on a limited basis for capital and new program requests, and the Community Stabilization Fund will continue to channel resources to respond to key community priorities that have arisen as a result of Covid-19.
Our Competitive Grant Program is the primary way that CFHZ distributes funding from our Community's Endowment.
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 support Community SPOKE, which fosters cross-sector collaboration around our community’s human service systems.”
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.