Seeking A Grant

lakemichiganThe Wege Foundation accepts online applications twice a year, in the spring and fall, from any current 501(c)(3) organization.  Our fall grant cycle will open on Thursday, August 1, 2019, and close at 11:00pm on Tuesday, September 10, 2019.  Our Grants Review Committee will convene on November 6, 2019 to review proposals.  Organizations will be notified of a decision within two weeks following the committee meeting.


As you consider submitting a grant application, please keep in mind your request should align with one of our five areas of interest (Education, Environment, Arts & Culture, Health Care, and Community Service) and should serve the Kent County area.  If your project contains a capital campaign element, your project must be LEED certified.  Please note that the Wege Foundation may only fund a portion of your project.

Prior to submitting your application, please review The Wege Foundation’s Cross-Cutting Themes and Goals and “Diversity, Equity & Inclusion” policy.

Applicants are encouraged to use our project budget template.  Please save a copy of the spreadsheet to enable editing.

Applications for Special Initiative grants for projects outside the Kent County, Michigan, area are accepted by invitation only and should not be submitted through this web site.


  • Complete our brief eligibility quiz at the bottom of this page for our grant link to become available.
  • Submit a grant application through our online system.
  • After the request has been submitted, one of our staff members may contact you for a meeting or site visit.
  • Proposals will be reviewed by our Grants Committee.  You will be notified of a decision within two weeks following our committee meeting. 

If you have any questions regarding the process, please contact Emily Mathein at or (616) 957-0480.


Beginning in 2017, all grant reports should be submitted through the grantee web portal.  For more information, please contact Katy Furtado at  Please click here for a post-grant financial overview template.

Click here for our grant reporting guidelines.


Click here to take the eligibility quiz!