Community assets that are available to everyone are the building blocks of a fair, thriving and resilient region. Our Assets for Thriving Community grants support the infrastructure & initiatives our neighbors need.

We envision a region where citizens from Kalkaska to Leelanau are able to access what they need to be healthy, engaged and connected to nature. We are here to help you build Community Assets - find additional resources here.



We support initiatives that develop, strengthen or build community assets that are available to all, or make an existing asset more widely available. This category is intended for projects that have done significant groundwork prior to application to engage the community, establish working relationships with stakeholders, and execute research to inform strategy. Check out what we've funded in the past here. Our Seed Grant provides funding for the groundwork needed to build a comprehensive project.

Citizen voice is essential in determining what’s best for our communities. We prioritize assets that have been identified by citizens as important to improve the quality of life in their community. We recommend applicants demonstrate a robust community engagement strategy and decision making process.



Including but not limited to:

  • Multi-modal transportation

  • Affordable housing

  • Accessible recreation

  • Arts & culture

  • Energy (efficiency, conservation, renewable)

  • Child welfare

  • Land preservation

  • Health and wellbeing

  • Education

  • NEW in 2020: Adapting a program or service to Covid-19



We evaluate every grant application using our Guiding Principles as a lens.  



Are you ready for this grant?

This grant is available to initiatives that have done significant groundwork together before applying. Successful applicants:

  • Share evidence showing the need for the project in this community. 
  • Have a plan to make the asset widely available to the public; or, plan to expand an existing asset so it is more widely available.
  • Consulted with project beneficiaries, who have shaped their approach.
  • Have a match (secured or pending) for at least 50% of the total project cost, or are able to demonstrate a plan for the funding required.
  • Secured written MOUs or partnership agreements, if funds will be shared among partners. 
  • Secured governmental approval (zoning, permitting, etc.) if needed. 
  • Had a pre-grant meeting with our staff.


Getting ready

We have additional resources to support the convening, engaging, learning and planning activities that will prepare your initiative for a strong application.

  • Seed Grants fund preparatory work.

  • Learning about ways to build better community assets can be funded through our Changemaker Fellowship.

  • We offer learning experiences for changemakers to build the skills to work better together and build community assets that are responsive to community needs. We make an effort to keep these fresh, and there is always something new to learn - check out our Learning Experiences to see what’s coming up.