Grant Guidelines

Guidelines for Grant Seekers

The Lenawee Community Foundation enhances the quality of life in our community through building endowments, addressing community challenges and opportunities, and making grants to not-for-profit organizations.  By supporting charitable organizations in a variety of areas, the foundation helps to build a stronger, healthier community.

All grant requests are carefully evaluated, while considering the needs and opportunities in our area, as well as the Lenawee Community Foundation resources.  Priority is given to those projects or programs that show potential for providing the maximum benefit to Lenawee community members.

The charitable funds that the Lenawee Community Foundation manages are as varied as the donors.   Almost all funds are restricted in some manner, and thus most are not available through the competitive process of submitting a request for funding.  Some are restricted to specific organizations, and some are recommended by the donors.  Other funds may specify a field of interest, but leave the funding decisions to the Foundation Board of Directors.  A limited amount of funds is unrestricted and may be utilized to support a broad range of not-for-profits benefiting the Lenawee County community.  All grants are approved by the Board of Directors.

Service Area

The Lenawee Community Foundation geographic focus is Lenawee County, Michigan.  Consideration is given to organizations, projects, or programs that provide direct benefit to residents of Lenawee County, or improve delivery of services to the community.


To be eligible to receive grants from the Lenawee Community Foundation, organizations must be not-for-profit, and providing benefit in the areas of civic, cultural, health, education, or social services.

Deadlines/Notification Dates

Because of restrictions placed on many of the distributions from funds held by the Lenawee Community Foundation, specific types of grants are considered one time per year, as follows:

Requests for: Deadline: Board Review Applicants notified by:
Youth Programs April 1 May June 30
Arts/Educ./General  Programs June 1 July August 30
Health/Human Services August 1 September October 30
Community Services* Dec. 1 January February
*Community services grants are for specific geographic areas that have raised funds for their communities within Lenawee County.

Application Process

Applicants should contact the President and CEO of the Lenawee Community Foundation prior to submitting a request for funding.  The President and CEO will offer information about funding history, grant guidelines, and the application and review process.  Requests for funding will be reviewed by Foundation staff prior to submission to the Board.  All grants will be approved by the Board of Directors.

Funding Strategies

In order to make the best use of available funding, the Lenawee Community Foundation will give highest consideration to projects or programs that:

Requests that are Generally not Funded

While the Lenawee Community Foundation remains flexible in addressing many areas of needs within Lenawee County, the following types of requests will generally not be considered for funding:


Applications will be accepted only from not-for-profit organizations.  Organizations should submit the required application, including the cover page, narrative, budget, and required attachments.  Applicants should submit one copy by the deadline.

Additional Information

Requests for funding should be mailed to:
Lenawee Community Foundation
P. O. Box 142
Tecumseh, MI 49286

Or delivered to:
Lenawee Community Foundation
c/o United Bank & Trust Wealth Management Group Building
606 N. Evans Street
Tecumseh, MI 49286


Have Questions?  Contact Sue Hammersmith, President & CEO of the Lenawee Community Foundation for additional information or help!

Lenawee Community Foundation
606 North Evans St.
PO Box 142
Tecumseh, MI. 49286
Phone: (517) 423-1729
M-F 8:00am-5:00pm EST
Staff Members

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Studies show that 60% of all adult volunteers began volunteering by the age of 14. Many young people are not given the opportunity to volunteer or do not know where to start. The Lenawee Community Foundation and its Lenawee YOUTH Council are sponsoring Lenawee Youth Leadership in order to nurture leadership, volunteerism and community spirit among Lenawee youth. Teens interested in positive change need to look no further than Lenawee Youth Leadership camp.

This summer day camp will give young people the opportunity to learn about Lenawee County, themselves, youth assets, leadership skills, goal setting, teamwork, communication, and creative problem solving. Lenawee Youth Leadership is for young persons who want to increase their leadership skills and have their voices heard. Youth participate in hands-on, decision-making activities assisted by trained facilitators, including youth who have previously participated. They learn about making a difference in the lives of others, and have lots of fun along the way.

Lenawee Youth Leadership will be held on July 13, 14 and 15 at Stubnitz Environmental Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. The cost is $50, however scholarships are available. Youth ages 12 – 19 are welcome to attend, however preregistration is required. A light breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided.

For information on Lenawee Youth Leadership, to obtain a registration form or to inquire about a scholarship, contact Paula Trentman at the Lenawee Community Foundation, at 423-1729 or via email at

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Lenawee Community Foundation
606 North Evans St.
PO Box 142
Tecumseh, MI. 49286
Phone: (517) 423-1729
M-F 8:00am-5:00pm EST
Staff Members

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