2019 ACCF
That's a wrap of 2019 Love Your Hometown! More than 21,000 votes! Check out all of the winning projects. We are excited to see these projects take place all across Allegan County.

Community members coming together to enhance their hometowns. What could be better? Next year can! In 2020 we are incorporating a wildcard winner, ten awards plus an 11th wild card! Be on the lookout for applications in October. Get your ideas and team together and #loveyourhometown

Dear Friends of the Foundation:

Often times, someone’s first response to hearing what we do, leads them to state how fun it must be to ‘give away money’. Fun, maybe. Humbling, an honor, a challenge – absolutely.

The challenge is to determine which organizations receive grants – do you strive for quantity or impact? The next challenge requires strategic consideration when more than $400,000 has been received in grant requests, but only $200,000 is available to award. In most cases, the needs haven’t increased, but the cost of providing for those needs has.

The solution is simple. Grow the Allegan County Community Foundation's Legacy Endowment Fund. The endowment generates the grant dollars that are awarded annually (nearly $8,000,000 since the Foundation was established in 1965). See this year's grant recipients here.

Because we believe the value of the non-profit sector is unparalleled, the ACCF Board, CEO, staff and committee members have cumulatively pledged $70 for every gift of $50 or more made to the ACCF Legacy Endowment by August 31, 2019.

Your gift of $50 or more, will be increased by $70 and will result in food for food pantries, counseling for domestic violence victims, environmental stewardship, art and educational programs for young and old, museums, and so much more. Thank you for helping us respond to today’s and tomorrow’s challenges.

Allegan County Community Foundation 2019 Grant Writing 101 Workshop
Deadline to sign up is July 11th for the first class.

This workshop is ideal for those new to grant writing and those who would like to refresh their skills. The workshop fee is $20 for the first attendee from your organization, $15 for each additional attendee.

The course will be offered: Thursday, July 18 from 9:00 – Noon
and repeated Tuesday, October 15 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Advance registration is required. HURRY!
Deadline to sign up is July 11th for the first class.

Class size is limited. No reservations will be made without payment.

NON-PROFITS Schedule Your ACCF Grant Applicant Meeting!

Federally recognized, tax-exempt non-profits serving the residents of Allegan County are eligible to apply. Organizations that desire to apply must schedule a meeting with Foundation staff to discuss their programs/project prior to receiving a grant application. Appointments are available starting in late July for organizations applying for a Youth (TAG Team) grant and starting in September for those applying only for a Legacy Grant.

Please contact Cindy at the Foundation at
269.673.8344 to schedule an appointment.

Grants for non-profits serving youth are due to the TAG Team by 5 pm on September 6th. (the first Friday in September of each year.)

Grants addressing health & human services, arts & culture or the economy & environment are due to the Foundation by 5 pm December 20th. (the second Friday in December of each year.)

Brittany Kienker, Ph.D., Knowledge Insights Specialist for CMF, shared the following information in response to a member’s request submitted in the summer of 2018 through the Ask CMF service. 

• Organizational boards are required to regularly incorporate new trustees who bring new expertise and perspective to the board. Many nonprofits turn to term limits as a means to bring on new trustees who can help with fundraising initiatives or fill significant skill gaps on the board (finance, legal, etc.).
• New board members help to guarantee that the relative age of a board does not surpass a reasonable point.

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Mailing address: PO Box 278, Allegan, MI 49010

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