Community Grant Program


 A collaborative effort made possible by local funders to increase the effectiveness of grantmaking; growing the capacity of local nonprofits

Applicants complete one online application, which is reviewed by multiple funders. Additionally, each applicant has the opportunity to do a brief presentation  to share their story and answer funders’ questions.

“This result of working together enhances the benefit for community nonprofits by simplifying a process and providing a common platform that allows all supporters to understand the needs in our community.” Keith Moore, Executive Director of the Otsego County United Way. “The end result provides the potential for greater giving, and collaboration in meeting community needs.”

The 2018 community grant program has closed.  Applications submitted after 3/22 will not be considered for funding.  The 2019 application will open in February of next year.  Please contact the Otsego County Community Foundation throughout the year to discuss possible proposals.  Thank you.  


Funding partners are particularly interested in supporting:

  • Programs that solve critical local problems or address critical local needs.
  • Projects or programs not adequately being served by existing community resources.
  • Projects which provide leverage for generating other funds and community resources.
  • Projects which facilitate cooperation and collaboration between organizations.
  • Projects or programs that increase the capacity of local organizations.

Eligible organizations include:

  • Schools
  • Government Units
  • Charitable Organizations with their 501 (c)(3) status


Grantee Registration

All organizations applying must be a registered organization.  This simple one time process keeps your information stored in our system and helps us better serve you.  If you have registered in previous years and have forgotten your password please contact us at 731-0597 and we will assist you. Organization may register anytime of the year.  If a new staff person is submitting the grant application on behalf of your organization, they must first register as a grant administrator.  If you have been the grant administrator in the past, you can simply log in to the grantee portal found in the upper right hand corner of this page beginning February 14.  To become a grant administrator click here.

Preview an application –The process is electronic, however if you would like to preview a sample of the application click this link.  There may be some minor differences between sample and actual application.

Supplemental documents- In order to complete the application process please be prepared to upload the following documents:

  • Letter of determination (501 C3 only)
  • 990
  • Bids for your project (if applicable)
  • Letters of support for your organization or project if available
  • A list of current board members


If you have any question, please feel free to contact the staff at 989-731-0597.


In 2017, $69,000 was awarded during the Community Grant Program. To review the list of grantees please click here. To read the Community Grant Report please click here.