Communities in Action: Grants Opportunities for

Grass Roots Community Organizations

This opportunity will be available from February 12th until September 30, 2020 or

until all funds have been awarded - whichever comes first

*if you believe you qualify, please contact Dana Ashlock at 517-787-1321

PURPOSE:  To support the determination and passion of Jackson County’s grassroots, “boots on the ground,” community-based organizations, neighborhood groups, etc. that help residents actively join together to improve their city block, neighborhood, or community.


ELIGIBILITY:  Grassroots, community-based organizations, or neighborhood groups that meet several of the following criteria:


  • Have a specific connection to a city block, neighborhood, park or rural community.


  • Most of the work is done not only for the people involved but also by them, with little or no paid staff.


  • Work is done without a big budget or other large resource reservoirs.


  • Might not have 501(c)3 nonprofit status.


  • Might be temporary. 


  • Might be focused on a single issue or task.


  • Group was formed to:​

    • Bring people together who are typically separated by barriers (e.g. race, economic status, disability, age, etc.) and thereby create a stronger sense of cohesion and inclusiveness within our community.​

    • Benefit populations that have historically had challenges accessing resources, with particular consideration given to proposals that benefit people of color and children in poverty.​

    • Support community-building events, particularly events that build a sense of community pride and identity.

Check out these past recipients for ideas that were funded!

Jackson Community Foundation

100 S. Jackson Street, Suite 206B

Jackson, Michigan 49201

Ph: (517) 787-1321


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