Fund For Lake Michigan

“The health of our waters is the principle measure of how we live on the land.”– Luna Leopold

Current Opportunities

  The Fund for Lake Michigan is now accepting pre-proposals for 2019. We have made  changes to our grant making process for 2019 that will hopefully make the process more convenient for grantees.  

Changes to our grant making in 2019

We encourage you to read the following closely and to contact us if you have any questions or need additional information.

  • Rather than issuing two official Request for Proposals a year as we have in the past, the Fund will accept pre-proposals on a rolling basis throughout the year.   You can submit a pre-proposal to the Fund on a time-frame that works best for you and your project.
  • We will make grant decisions four times a year at our quarterly board meetings (March, June, September and December).  In the past, we approved grants twice a year. This is not to say that decisions will necessarily be made in the quarter we receive a request.  We will, however, be able to move quickly on some proposals while spending more time on projects that are new to us or otherwise require more in-depth review.
  • We estimate that a grant request will take two to five months to process from the time we receive a pre-proposal to when we issue a grant contract.  In the past, all grant requests — regardless of their size, complexity or urgency – took roughly five months to process.
  • We will continue to use a two-step grant making process (a pre-proposal followed by an invitation to submit a full proposal). As noted below, however, we have simplified and streamlined both the pre and full proposal applications.
  • As in the past, all grant materials – including pre-proposals must be submitted electronically through our online grant management system.  Instructions for accessing our grant portal and submitting a pre-proposal can be found below.
  • We plan to award between $750,000 and $1,000,000 in grants each quarter.
  • Applicants may submit more than one pre-proposal during the year. However, we encourage you to prioritize your applications and to give serious consideration to the timing of your requests.

We have also streamlined and fine-tuned our grant application forms to make the application and review process clearer and easier for all parties.

  • We have created different application forms for non-profit organizations and government agencies that reflect differences in their legal and tax status, organizational structure and governance.   
  • We have shortened and simplified all of our application materials, have eliminated questions related to governance and finance if the information is readily available elsewhere (on IRS 990 forms or in audited financial statements, for example), and have reduced the amount of documents that must be uploaded with your application.
  • We will require a more detailed application and review process for new grantees. The process will be streamlined for organizations and agencies that have received a grant in the recent past, are up-to-date on their reports and are otherwise in good standing with the Fund.

Online Application Login

The Fund for Lake Michigan uses an online application and reporting process to manage grant records and to provide a simple, consistent point of contact for grantees. This process does not substitute for in-person meetings and conversations, but gives you an easy‐to‐access platform for making grant requests. Please follow these steps to access the pre-proposal:

  1. Click the button below to log into our online grants management system.
  2. If your organization has an existing account in The Fund for Lake Michigan online system, please follow these steps. Please do not create another account.
    • Log in by filling in the email address and password for your organization’s account.
    • There are two different applications available to choose from.  Click the apply button for either  the Government/University or the Non-Profit application form.
  3. If your organization has never applied through The Fund for Lake Michigan online system, please follow these steps:
    • Select Create a New Account. This will prompt you to fill out a profile about your organization. Please create only one account for your organization.
    • There are two different applications available to choose from.  Click the apply button for either  the Government/University or the Non-Profit application form.

Questions regarding the online process may be directed to Casey Eggleston at .