Fremont Area Community Foundation is currently monitoring the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in both the state and our local region. We have taken steps to protect the health of our staff, trustees, and others by closing our office to the public, postponing events, and encouraging staff to work remotely. We also know that many of our nonprofit partners are now experiencing an increased need for services, especially as they work to support the most vulnerable members of our communities. We have worked hard to determine the best ways for our community and philanthropy to respond.

On March 19, we established the Community Response Fund to rapidly deploy resources to nonprofit organizations in Newaygo County as well as the three counties served by our affiliate foundations: Lake, Mecosta, and Osceola. The fund will provide quick help to organizations serving vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19 and will give generous community members an easy way to support them.

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Give now to support the organizations, programs, and staff on the front lines of response in your community. You can designate your gift to a specific county.
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Apply for a grant

Is your organization supporting children, older adults, and other vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19? Apply for a grant from our Community Response Fund. Grants will be considered that address issues such as childcare, food insecurity, healthcare, transportation, financial assistance, general operating support, and other identified needs. For more information, contact Mark Petz, director of community investment, by email or at 231.519.1464.

To view a list of grants made from the fund so far, visit the grants awarded page of our website and sort by “Community Response Fund.”

Other resources

If you are looking for food, housing, transportation, or financial assistance, please call 211. You can also access a list of resources from their website.

For more information on COVID-19 and local response actions, visit the following websites:

What is it like living in Newaygo County?
What opportunities and challenges face us as we forge a future together?
What resources can we tap into to move our community forward?

As part of our community needs assessment process this year, Fremont Area Community Foundation has been gathering data and feedback about what it’s like to live here, what challenges we face, and what can make our community’s future even brighter. During this process, community surveys were conducted in¬†Newaygo County. Data gathered during the needs assessment process and through the community surveys was then compiled into a comprehensive report. These insights are designed to inform our decisions, help us set bold goals, and harness all our resources to make life in our community even better. View the full report here:

We also conducted a community needs assessment in the three communities of our geographic affiliates: Lake, Mecosta, and Osceola counties. View those reports here:

Questions about any of these reports? Contact Maria Gonzalez at 231.924.5350.