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2021 Community Impact Grants

The Jackson Community Foundation, in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, is awarding Operating & Program grants to cover the short-term operating needs of 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and the programmatic expenses of 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, school districts, and governmental entities serving Jackson County.   We anticipate awarding a total $142,000 in this grant round.

Program Grant:

The Program Support Grant has been a mainstay of JCF grantmaking over the years.  Nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations, units of government and public schools located in or serving Jackson County, Michigan are eligible to apply only when the request for support is for programs, goods, or services not typically funded through taxpayer dollars. 

Program Grant Amount:  Up to $20,000 for a specific program serving Jackson County residents.



Operational Support Grant:

The Operational Support Grant was created to specifically address the continuing and evolving operational needs of nonprofit organizations arising from or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations located in or serving Jackson County, Michigan and who have experienced a 25% or more reduction in net annual earned income between 2019 and 2020 or a 25% or more reduction in net annual earned income projected between 2020 and 2021 are eligible to apply. 

Operational Grant Amounts:  $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000, depending on your annual budget size as follows:

  • Nonprofits with an annual budget under $150,000 may apply for up to $5,000.

  • Nonprofits with an annual budget between $150,000 and $500,000 may apply for up to $10,000.

  • Nonprofits with an annual budget over $500,000 may apply for up to $15,000.


Deadline:  By 5 PM on May 10, 2021

Award Notification:  By June 30, 2021


General Grant Application Documentation:

Whether requesting a Program Grant or Operational Support Grant, applicants need to upload:

  • Latest financial statement or audit.

  • Most recent monthly or quarterly financial statement.

  • Completed JCF Program or Operating Grant Budget. (See Application & Supporting Documents.)

Application & Supporting Documents:

*This budget form has two tabs.  One for program grant requests and one for operational grant requests.  You only need to complete the budget that corresponds to the type of grant you are requesting.

Grant Resources

Please note guideline #8: Operations or Maintenance will be suspended during this grant round. 

Contact Dana Ashlock, Program Director at 517-787-1321 or