The Hillsdale County Community Foundation is announcing a change in the deadline for YOUTH grant applications for the summer grant cycle. All YOUTH grant applications are due in the HCCF office by 4 pm on April 1st. This deadline applies only to applications for the Kellogg Youth Advisory Fund for youth-related grants; grant requests for the HCCF General Endowment Fund are still due on May 1st. YOUTH grant applications cannot be accepted by HCCF after April 1st regardless of postmark date. Faxed or emailed applications will not be considered.
The HCCF YOUTH Council is interested in funding projects that will improve the quality of life for the young people of Hillsdale County. Eligible projects generally fall within these categories: education, fine arts, social services, community development, recreation, environmental issues, health and wellness, and improvement in the physical, mental, and moral conditions of Hillsdale County young people. The Foundation aims to support creative approaches to community needs and problems that benefit the widest possible range of people. The YOUTH Council has an ongoing program for studying the assets, needs and concerns of the young people of Hillsdale County, and they regularly identify areas of opportunity that guide decision-making regarding grants. A copy of these survey results is available upon request.
The YOUTH welcome grant applications from the Hillsdale County area or outside Hillsdale County if a significant number of the youth to be served reside within Hillsdale County. Applicants shall be tax exempt according to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an educational institution, or a governmental unit. Grant requests must include youth in the planning and implementation of the project. The application must be filled out by the youth of the applying organization, with the only exception being a project involving very young children. Please contact HCCF for exemption authorization.
Information regarding applying for a YOUTH grant can be obtained by calling the Foundation office at 517-439-5101 Monday through Friday from 9 am – 4 pm, or by stopping at the offices located at 2 S. Howell Street, Hillsdale, Michigan. Information is also available online at www.abouthccf.org.