Our Grant Making Philosophy
The Community Foundation believes in improving the lives of our local citizens; therefore, we only award grants to projects and organizations that will make an impact within Livingston County. Our belief and standard for grant recipients is that their project or program must demonstrate a high level of sustainability and a passion for improving an aspect of Livingston County. The Community Foundation will make grants to 501(c)(3) public charities, government entities, school districts, and universities that provide programs that serve Livingston County. If an organization is not based in Livingston County, it must demonstrate connections to the local community. Organizations must have an independent certified financial audit, or in some cases a financial review. We do not make grants to individuals, sectarian religious programs, or to cover deficits or other previously incurred obligations.
In 2020, the Community Foundation for Livingston provided grants to several area nonprofits to support COVID-19 relief efforts. Because of this, no new grant applications will be accepted in 2020. The grant-making calendar will resume in 2021.GRANTMAKING GUIDELINES APPLY FOR A GRANT
Important Note: We have a new online grants management system. If you are considering applying for a grant, visit our Grants Portal now to register your organization. Registration only needs to happen once, but is required before you can submit an application.
A Grant in Action
New Tech High, a relatively recent academic addition to Pinckney Community High School, received a grant from the Community Foundation for Livingston County to get the program started, and the grant also leveraged additional funding from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. Julia McBride, Director of Instruction for Pinckney New Tech High, discusses how the unique academic program made its way to PCHS and how the Project Based Learning curriculum has made a positive impact on students and the community.
Apply for a Grant
To apply for a grant, potential applicants are encouraged to contact the Community Foundation to discuss a proposed project before submitting a proposal. Speak with a Community Foundation for Livingston County Program Officer at (810) 229-2550 to learn more.
The Community Foundation for Livingston County has two grant cycles every year. Proposals submitted prior to February 15 will receive a response in June, and proposals submitted by August 15 will receive a response in December. Community Foundation staff will notify you if a decision may take longer.
Please note that by clicking the button below, you will be directed to the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan's online grant application portal. Once you log in, you can select an application for the Community Foundation for Livingston County.
- City of Brighton
- Girls on the Run of Southeastern Michigan
- Reaching Higher Inc.
- Livingston County Catholic Charities
- New Tech High School
- Child Connect for Family Success
- Livingston County Public Libraries
- Arthur Secunda MuseUm - Cleary University
- Pinckney High School Orchestra
- Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Livingston
- Vina Community Dental Center
- Livingston County Habitat for Humanity