Enhancing the quality of life for Lake County residents and visitors.


The mission of Lake County Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life for county residents and visitors through the development of permanent endowment funds. These funds will allow LCCF to address our community’s needs through grant awards in human services, education, environment, arts and culture, and other charitable needs in Lake County.

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Through the generosity of the community, Lake County Community Foundation has grown to more than $5 million in assets. Every donation, big and small, works together to make Lake County a better place. Unrestricted gifts to the General Fund are used to award grants that support organizations and programs that improve the quality of life in Lake County. Endowment funds provide an avenue for donors to impact the causes most important to them. Charitable bequests become lasting gifts that carry on a donor’s legacy of giving. It’s easy to find a way to connect your personal passions to lasting change with LCCF.
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Twice each year, Lake County Community Foundation addresses the community’s most pressing needs through grant awards in human services, education, environment, and arts and culture.

The LCCF advisory board reviews applications each spring and recommends grants up to $10,000. Since 1995, more than $1 million has been awarded to organizations throughout Lake County.

To view our grantmaking guidelines, click here.

To see a PDF of our latest grants awarded, click here.

Apply using the online grant application. Applications are due March 15 and September 15. If you have any questions about the application or the online process, please contact us by email or call 231.924.5350.
Online Grant Application


Multiple scholarships are offered each year to high school seniors who live in or attend high school in Lake County. The online scholarship application is open from October 1 to March 1. Students should apply for scholarships with their senior class cohort, not their 13th year. Learn more about available scholarships and how to apply here. To apply, you will need the following information:

  • Your cumulative GPA, class size, and class rank (class size and rank can be estimated)
  • A list of your academic or extracurricular activities since ninth grade
  • Your SAT score
  • A 400-word essay addressing your goals, activities, accomplishments, and more (details can be found in the application)
  • Your employment history

LCCF Board of Trustees

Herb Early, Chair
Jennifer Armstrong, Vice Chair
Judy White, Treasurer
Denise Smith, Secretary
Missy Boss
Jo Cooke
David Forrester
Ruth Fox
Mindy Galentine
Vedra Gant
Rich Martin
Jodi Nichols
Kathy Oostmeyer
Jamie Russell
Seth Wenger