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Grants

SACF is committed to serving the charitable needs of our community and enriching the quality of life for all people in the Sturgis area through creative partnerships & engaged grantmaking. We support a broad range of programs and projects including arts and culture, community and economic development, education, health, human services, housing, seniors, and youth.

Grant Applications

The following are available through the Sturgis Area Community Foundation. If you have questions about grants, please contact us at sacf@sturgisfoundation.org or 269.659.8508.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for support, organizations and institutions must have tax-exempt status under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code or be public schools, municipalities, or other governmental entities in the Sturgis area that serve a charitable purpose as defined by IRC §170(b)(1)(A).

CONSTANTINE YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL FUND

CONSTANTINE YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL FUND

Supports youth-related programs and projects in the Constantine area.

One competitive grant cycle per year by application only.

March 

1

CONSTANTINE COMPETITIVE GRANT PROGRAM

CONSTANTINE COMPETITIVE GRANT PROGRAM

Supports charitable and educational programs and projects in the Constantine area.

Two competitive grant cycles per year (spring and fall) by application only.

March 

1

STURGIS YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL FUND

STURGIS YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL FUND

Supports youth-related programs and projects in the Sturgis ares.

Two competitive grant cycles per year (spring and fall) by application only.

March 

15

WILLIAM & HELEN DOYLE EXCHANGE CLUB FUND COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD GRANT

WILLIAM & HELEN DOYLE EXCHANGE CLUB FUND COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD GRANT

Supports charitable and educational programs in the Sturgis area.

One competitive grant cycle per year by application only.

June

1

CONSTANTINE COMPETITIVE GRANT

CONSTANTINE COMPETITIVE GRANT

Supports charitable and educational programs and projects in the Constantine area.

Two competitive grant cycles per year (spring and fall) by application only.

October

1

HEALTHY YOUTH & HEALTHY SENIORS FUND

HEALTHY YOUTH & HEALTHY SENIORS FUND

Support for programs focusing on healthy lifestyle choices and activities for youth and seniors.

One competitive grant cycle per year by application only.

October 

15

STURGIS COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANTS

STURGIS COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANTS

Effective June 2021, the following areas of emphasis are selected for Community Impact Grants to improve the quality of life in the Sturgis area: Educational Attainment and Career Readiness, Community Development and Engagement, Neighborhood Revitalization and Housing, and Talent Attraction and Retention.

Four competitive grant cycles per year by application only. Grant committees review requests for proposals on a quarterly basis. Grant application deadlines for committee review are July 1, October 1, January 1, and April 1.

Open 

Year -Round

STURGIS YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL FUND

STURGIS YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL FUND

Supports youth-related programs and prjects in the Sturgis ares.

Two competitive grant cycles per year (spring and fall) by application only.

November 

1

FORL FUND

FORL FUND

Provides student teaching grant awards to education majors fulfilling their student teaching requirement.

One competitive grant cycle per year by application only. Applications may be accepted at other times of the year-please call the Foundation for information on possible additional dates.

December 

1


NEWELL A. & GRACE A. FRANKS FUND

NEWELL A. & GRACE A. FRANKS FUND

Supports charitable and educational programs in the Sturgis area.

Review of completed applications is at the discretion of the Fund's Advisory Committee.

Open 

Year -Round

OTHER CHARITABLE INTEREST FUNDS

OTHER CHARITABLE INTEREST FUNDS

Support areas include Animal Care, Arts and Culture, Community Well-Being, Health and Recreation, Scholarship Funds, Youth, Education, and Leadership, and designated funds support for specific non-profit organizations.

SACF holds over 100 funds serving many areas of charitable interest. If you are a qualified organization with a charitable need not met by any of the listed grant opportunities please call us for other grant possibilities.

Open 

Year -Round

WHITE PIGEON COMPETITIVE GRANT PROGRAM

WHITE PIGEON COMPETITIVE GRANT PROGRAM

Supports charitable and educational programs and projects in the White Pigeon area.

One competitive grant cycle per year by application only.

Open 

Year - Round

Recent Grants

Downtown Development Authority

Engaging Downtown

The goal of this project is to foster a robust city center in Sturgis. Grant funding will support opportunities for residents and visitors to engage with their community through outdoor events and cultural experiences planned in downtown Sturgis.

yellow flowers with downtown Sturgis in the background

Recent Grant

Sturges-Young Center for the Arts

Road to Restoration: Acoustic Panels

For more than 50 years, the Sturges-Young Center for the Arts has served as a key cultural asset to local communities. As the Sturges-Young continues its “Road to Restoration”, grant funds from the Community Foundation will provide new acoustic panels that will improve the sound quality of future events in this beloved space.

sturges-young auditorium and stage bathed in bright blue light

Recent Grant

City of Sturgis

Public Fireplace

Grant funding will support the installation of an outdoor public fireplace in downtown Sturgis and contribute to the overall goal of creating a “sense of place” in our community, including spaces that make people want to experience our downtown. The fireplace is part of a “Power of 10+” placemaking strategy. The idea behind this concept is that places thrive when users have a range of reasons (10+) to be there. These might include a place to sit, playgrounds to enjoy, art to touch, music to hear, food to eat, history to experience...or in this case, a fire to gather around.

raised firepit with low fire and chairs in the background

Recent Grant

Sturgis Helping Hands

Helping Hands Backpack Program

For 11 years, Sturgis Helping Hands has helped meet some of the most basic needs of local children and families. Through its “Backpack Program”, Sturgis Helping Hands provides backpacks of food and essentials that ensure students in need have access to meals on weekends and over the holidays. The program is run by volunteers which ensures 100% of funds granted will directly support food for local children and their families.

little girl with pigtails wearing a backpack walking to school

Recent Grant

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southwest Mich.

CASA for St. Joseph County Foster Childre

There are currently 177 children in foster care throughout St. Joseph County. With grant funding for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southwest Mich., we hope to improve outcomes and give some of our county’s most vulnerable children the support they need to thrive. Research shows that children who have been assigned CASA volunteers are more likely to be adopted permanently, 50% less likely to re-enter the foster care system, perform better in school on average, 7.5 fewer months in foster care than those without a CASA, and 90% less likely to have their own children in the foster care system.

child in pink shirt sitting on the ground beside  chalk drawings

Recent Grant

St. Joseph County Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

"Welcome Home" Baby Bags

St. Joseph County Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect will receive funding to provide “Welcome Home" Baby Bags to new parents throughout our county. In collaboration with the Great Start Collaborative, these bags will provide new parents with children’s books aimed at promoting connections between babies and caregivers while also enforcing safety messaging and education with parents.

newborn baby with mother

Recent Grant

Children's Trauma Assessment Group

Resilience for Youth Program

This grant will provide funding for the second annual "Resilience for Youth" summer program which features five full days of learning, connecting, practicing and applying concepts aimed at reducing patterns of negative behavior and providing at-risk students with the knowledge and practice needed to increase motivation and personal resilience.

young girl with fair skin and red hair

Recent Grant

Domestic And Sexual Abuse Services

Sexual Assault Awareness Community Forum

Funding for a community forum, including keynote speaker and discussion, focusing on sexual abuse and children, youth prevention, understanding sexual assault dynamics and local services available to victims.

distressed woman with face in hands

Recent Grant

Sturgis Historical Society

Sturgis Historical Museum Educational Booklets

This grant will fund interactive, educational booklets for Sturgis youth who visit the Museum at the Depot as part of an effort to make the museum more attractive to local educators. Booklets were designed in partnership with local educators who contributed to the content, design and layout.

educational booklets for sturgis historical society

Recent Grant

Doyle Community Center

Summer Adventure Club

Funding will provide program support for the Doyle Community Center's Summer Adventure Program. Summer Adventure provides area youth with eight full weeks of summer recreational activities at little to no cost. This grant will be used to expand summer field trips and provide supplemental supplies for activities.

diverse group of children playing outside in summer

Recent Grant

Sturgis Helping Hands

After School Backpack Program

This award will provide program support for the Sturgis Helping Hands backpack program to provide bags of food on weekends to Sturgis Public School students in need throughout the year. Approximately 2/3 of SPS students qualified for the program last school year.

young boy with backpack holding adult's hand

Recent Grant

CASA Southwest Michigan

CASA Program Start-Up for St. Joseph County

St. Joseph County currently has nearly 200 children and youth placed in foster care due to extreme abuse and neglect, a rate that is double the state average. This grant will provide seed money for the start of a CASA program in St. Joseph County. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) will train local volunteers to serve area children in foster care due to abuse and neglect. CASA volunteers work with one child or sibling group to make sure that their best interests are served and that they find; loving, safe home (or are reunited safely with family) as soon as possible.

young girl sitting on pavement with colorful chalk drawings

Recent Grant

Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County

(in partnership with Sturgis Public Schools)

Before & After-School Programming for Sturgis Public Schools

This grant will fund the launch a partnership between Sturgis Public Schools and Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County to provide before- and after-school programming for Sturgis students in grades K-5. Feedback from SPS leadership and survey results from local families demonstrate a high need for affordable before- and after-school care options in Sturgis, especially among low-income and working families. Through this partnership, children and families will have access to Boys & Girls Clubs' KidsCare programming , housed at Eastwood School, in the mornings starting at 5:00AM and after school until 6:00PM. SPS will provide transportation to school for morning participants and from school to the program for afternoon participants.

diverse group of school-age kids in front of yellow school bus

Recent Grant

St. Joseph County United Way

Suicide Prevention Program for St. Joseph County Schools

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Michigan residents ages 15-34. In response to this epidemic, the Community Suicide Prevention Network of St. Joseph County is organizing programing in our county's public schools for suicide awareness and prevention programs. The total cost is $51,050. County superintendents have selected two programs to offer the schools based on their input and need. In addition to providing curriculum to area schools, this grant will also fund a county-wide series of school assemblies with an expert guest speaker and forum for parents.

young man with bun in white t-shirt sitting on concrete steps with iron railing

Recent Grant

Sturgis Area Community Foundation

310 N. Franks Ave., Sturgis, MI 49091

(269) 659-8508    Fax (269) 659-4539

Copyright © 2021 Sturgis Area Community Foundation

The Sturgis Area Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax-deductible.
Form 990 (2019)

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