Assets for Thriving Communities Grants

We are committed to supporting the development of programs and infrastructure that enable our communities to be healthy, engaged, and connected.

Dolly Parton Imagination Library Grand Traverse RegionBooks from Birth: Antrim County Expansion$25,000
Frankfort Area Community Land TrustGrove Place Homes Phase II$50,000
Grand Traverse IndustriesField of Dreams$40,000
Grand Traverse Conservation DistrictOttaway Crossing Footbridge$50,000
Leland Township Public LibraryLibrary Renovation & Expansion Project$25,000
The Leelanau ConservancyPalmer Woods Addition Project$40,000
United Way Of Northwest MichiganUnited We Smile Community Health Worker$25,000
FY Total$255,000

Systems Change Accelerator Grants

We are committed to addressing complex problems in our region so that people and the environment can thrive. We work with changemakers to tackle root causes and create opportunities for durable change.

Grow BenzieCollaborative Capacity Building Initiative: A Force Multiplier for Good$75,000
Northwest Community Health Innovation Region Behavioral Health InitiativeCreating a More Robust Behavioral Health System$100,000
FY Total$175,000

Seed Grants


We support the convening, planning, and capacity building that make projects possible. Our Seed grants make small investments with potential for big impact.

Benzie Conservation DistrictBenzie Watersheds Coalition Capacity Building$9,280
Benzie Senior ResourcesFacility Discovery Process$10,000
Benzie Wellness and Aquatic CenterBWAC Site Discovery$10,000
Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse RegionKalkaska Village Workforce Housing$20,000
Honor Area Restoration ProjectUS31 Corridor Improvement Authority Planning$7,500
Interlochen Center for the ArtsSurveying, Mapping, and Identifying Gaps in the N MI News Ecosystem$10,000
Michigan Legacy Art ParkCommunity Engagement Assessment$2,200
New Community VisionNew Community Vision$15,350
Traverse City Dance ProjectTraverse City Dance Festival$10,000
Village of EllsworthVillage Parks Project$7,000
FY Total$101,250

Learning Fund


Organizations flourish when staff feel valued, motivated, and can grow in their careers. The Learning Fund encourages continued learning, ensuring that knowledge and skills stay relevant and up-to-date, which is beneficial to the individual, organization, and community.

Benzie Conservation DistrictTime Management training$2,000
Child and Family Services of Northwestern MichiganSupervised Visitation Network Conference$500
Child and Family Services of Northwestern MichiganDNA-V virtual course$299
Crosshatch Center for Art & EcologyAsana training and support$2,000
Friendship Community CenterMichigan Afterschool Association Conference$1,436
Grand Traverse Regional Community FoundationUnderstanding Implicit Bias training$2,000
Groundwork Center for Resilient CommunitiesDEI Training$2,000
Inland Seas Education AssociationPlace -Education Conference$315
Inland Seas Education AssociationClimate Conversations course$245
Inland Seas Education AssociationIntercultural Fluency DEI training$2,000
Inland Seas Education AssociationTall Ships America Annual Conference$500
Inland Seas Education AssociationEarth Rangers Educator micro-credential$99
Leelanau Conservation DistrictInternational Certified Crop Advisor course$500
Leelanau Conservation DistrictCertified Natural Shoreline Professional training$395
Networks NorthwestTrauma-informed training$2,000
Norte Youth CyclingVolunteer Resource Management Workshop$159
Northern Blooms MontessoriPrepared Montessorian Cohort$500
Northern Blooms MontessoriAmerican Montessori International training$500
Northwest Michigan Community Action AgencyCollaborative & Proactive Solutions training$179
TART TrailsDEI training$2,000
The Arc of Northern MichiganElevatus training$500
The Children's HouseCliftonStrengths Assessments$2,000
The Greenspire SchoolBroadway Teachers Workshop$500
The Festival FoundationLife Support Certification Course$1,200
Traverse Symphony OrchestraBoard Service workshop$199
United Way of Northwest MichiganFundraising workshop$69
United Way of Northwest MichiganALICE summit$408
United Way of Northwest MichiganTime Management workshop$1,000
FY Total$25,503

Emerging Needs Fund

Mindimooyenh Healing CircleThe Three Fires Lodge: A story of Spiritual Awakening and Brotherhood$10,000
FY Total$10,000

King Fund

Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center$10,000
FY Total$10,000