The Community Foundation awarded $3.3 million in its second community grant round of 2021, bringing the total awarded in both rounds in 2021 to nearly $5.6 million.

Grant support was awarded to a variety of organizations serving Newaygo County residents, including programs addressing economic development, college and career access, housing, literacy, and more. Most grant awards concentrated on the Community Foundation’s three focus areas of community and economic development, education, and poverty to prosperity.

More than 50 grants were awarded in total, including a $100,000 grant to Newaygo County for recycling services, continuing the Community Foundation’s long history of supporting recycling. Another grant for $133,000 was awarded to Newaygo County Regional Educational Service Agency (NC RESA) to support WE CAN! Newaygo County and the Newaygo County Area Promise Zone. Both NC RESA programs work to increase access to post-secondary education and training as well as help address barriers to success for local students.

Several local youth camps were also awarded grants to support summer camp scholarships. These scholarships help to cover the cost of a camp experience for local children who may have difficulty affording it otherwise. Scholarships typically cover 75 percent of camp registration.

The Community Foundation accepts community grant applications online twice each year. Applications for the first grant round of 2022 are due on March 1.

View a full list of grants awarded, as well as information on how to apply for a grant, at