Making the Grant Process Transparent

Our Guidelines


The Frey Foundation strives to make the grant inquiry and application process as open and clear as possible. We appreciate your time and interest in learning about the Frey Foundation. If, upon reviewing our grant guidelines, you believe your project may be a fit with our funding priorities, we invite you to submit an inquiry so that we can begin working with you to see if our collective priorities align.

Funding Eligibility

Before submitting an inquiry, please consider whether your organization meets the following requirements:

• Has a current 501(c)(3) nonprofit designation from the Internal Revenue Service, is a governmental unit or other tax-exempt entity
Serves communities primarily in Kent, Emmet or Charlevoix Counties or the broader West / Northern Michigan region
• Addresses one or more of the foundation’s grantmaking priorities
• Intends to pursue a variety of funding sources for the program or project in order to demonstrate sustainability. (Note: grant requests generally should not exceed 15% of a total program budget, or 5% of a capital project budget)

We will not likely consider funding the following:

• Conferences or event sponsorship
• General operating expenses
• Requests from faith-based organizations that require participants to practice or adhere to specific religious beliefs
• Requests from individuals or organizations proposing activities that are non-charitable
• Organizations that do not demonstrate inclusive practices in board recruitment, hiring and delivery of service

Partnering with Frey Foundation


As a collaborative funder, we have learned that projects with a broad base of community support have the greatest chance to succeed.  Therefore, we generally fund up to 15% of a total project budget or 5% of a capital project budget. Once you have reviewed our grant guidelines, if you believe your project aligns with our eligibility requirements and funding priorities, we invite you to submit a brief inquiry through our online system.  You are also welcome to contact us if you have questions or wish to discuss your idea.  Our staff can be reached Monday – Friday from 8:30AM – 5:00PM by calling (616) 451-0303.  We can also be reached via email at contact@freyfdn.org.

How to Apply


After reviewing our guidelines, if you believe your project aligns with our eligibility requirements and funding priorities, we encourage you to submit a brief inquiry through our online system. Once reviewed, you will be contacted by our staff within 30 days and may be invited to submit an application for funding at that time. Furthermore, you are also welcome to call us at any time to discuss your idea and to ask questions about the grant process. If you do not have web access or need assistance with the inquiry process, our staff is here to help and can be reached Monday – Friday from 8:30AM – 5:00PM by calling (616) 451-0303.

Stage One

Send an inquiry

Inquiries are accepted by the foundation throughout the year. Once you have completed the online inquiry process, you can expect to hear from us within 30 days. Please understand that while all inquiries will be read, they may not generate an invitation to apply for funding. The Frey Foundation receives many compelling requests each year and regrettably, we are not able to fund each one.

Stage Two

Fill out an application

Once your inquiry has been reviewed, you may be invited to submit a full grant application online. Funding decisions are generally made four times a year. Keeping with a quarterly grant cycle, invited application deadlines generally fall on the 15th of February, May, August and November. You can expect a decision within about 90 days of the application deadline which will likely be presented to the Board of Trustees at their next quarterly meeting.

For example, an application submitted in February will likely receive a decision by the Board of Trustees in May. Those submitted in May will be considered in August, and so on.  Please know that our staff is here to assist you with the application process, however, all funding decisions are made by the Frey family Board of Trustees.

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