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 Monday, August 2, 2021, and close on Thursday, September 9, 2021, at 5:00pm Eastern Time.  Our Board of Trustees will convene in November to review proposals.  Organizations will be notified of a decision within two weeks following the Board meeting.


As you consider submitting a grant application, please keep in mind your request should align with one of our four areas of interest (Education, Environment, Arts & Culture, Community Health & Wellbeing) and should serve the Kent County and Grand Rapids metropolitan 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 to use our project budget template.  Please save a copy of the spreadsheet to enable editing.

Applications for Family Interest Grants for projects outside the Kent County, Michigan, and Grand Rapids metropolitan area are accepted by invitation only and should not be submitted through this web site.


Click here to take the eligibility quiz!


  • Once the cycle is open, complete our brief eligibility quiz located above to access our grant application link.
  • Submit a grant application through our online system. In addition to a proposal narrative, please be prepared to submit the following documents: an organization budget, a project budget, a Board of Directors list, a 501(c)3 determination letter, a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion policy, and audited financial statements (or most recent Form 990).
  • 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 Board of Trustees.  You will be notified of a decision within two weeks following our Board meeting. 

If you have questions regarding the grant application process, please contact M Alemán-McAlpine at or (616) 957-0480.

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


If your proposal is funded, you will be notified of your grant report requirements. All grant reports should be submitted through the grantee web portal.  For more information regarding report submissions, please contact Katy Furtado at  Please click here for a post-grant financial overview template.

Click here for our grant reporting guidelines.