Board of Directors’ Community Improvement Initiative

Applications are due by May 1 for our Board of Directors’ Community Improvement Initiative Grant. In recognition of Saginaw Community Foundation’s 40th Anniversary in 2024, up to $40,000 will be awarded to a single project in July 2024. The project must be completed by July 2025. 

The projects submitted must create indelible, measurable impacts in the immediate and broader community; be supported and planned by a broad range of users; and have a clear, well-laid plan for success and sustainability.

While this program is open to all applications that address community needs, a priority will be given to projects with a focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and/or justice. (See definitions below)

Applications open on February 1, 2024 and are due by May 1, 2024. One grant up to $40,000 will be awarded.

Before beginning your application, please contact Brian Jackson, director of donor services & special initiatives, at (989) 755-0545 or to discuss your project and to receive a grant number.


  • Diversity – A community that appreciates and celebrates the unique differences that make us who we are.
  • Equity – A community that provides equitable access to opportunities and elimination of barriers to participation.
  • Inclusion – A community in which everyone is invited, has a sense of belonging, is heard and  understood, is valued for their authentic self, and feels safe and secure.
  • Belonging – A community where everyone feels connected with people and accepted for their true selves and inspires a sense of empowerment.
  • Justice – A community that identifies, challenges and eliminates systems and structures that limit fairness and equity.


2024 Community Improvement Initiative Timeline