West Michigan Youth Programs
As the birthplace of the Gerber Foundation, the foundation supports a variety of youth programming within a 4-county area that includes Lake, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana Counties in West Michigan.
Grants are geared towards projects serving youth from 0-18 years of age. A special emphasis is placed on projects focused on:
- Health, Nutrition and Dental issues
- Early childhood services and Literacy
- Parenting Education
- Education (including Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/Agriculture, and Math)
- Life Experiences (camp scholarships, Ag Science Education- 4-H and FFA)
Agencies must be located in or directly serving youth from one of the 4 counties indicated above.
Grantees must be a public non-profit (with a 501c3 determination letter from the IRS) or governmental entity in order to apply. Programs that are collaborative and that have support from the broader community are encouraged.
Although typically under $10,000, grants may range from $100 to $20,000. Grants are generally limited to one-year commitments.
Applicants may contact the Foundation office to discuss their project with Foundation staff at any time throughout the year.