We seek to partner with charitable organizations to accomplish common objectives for improving the lives of people and communities. Effectiveness, sustainability, strategic thinking, environmental awareness and collaboration are among the strengths we encourage in our grantees. Unfortunately, our limited financial resources do not allow the Foundation to support all the grant requests that it receives. Applicants should not view a letter declining support as a judgment on the merits of the proposal.

Guidelines for Grantees

The Foundation generally adheres to the following:

  • The geographic area of primary interest is Michigan.
  • Individuals and private foundations are not eligible for grants, loans or scholarships.
  • Grants are generally not made for conference attendance, travel, books, publications, films, tapes and other communications media. Educational conferences hosted by the applicant are eligible.
  • Capital project grant requests may not exceed 10% of the total cost of the project.  If approved, these grants are normally paid in equal annual installments over a 3 to 5 year period.
  • Projects or organizations that are political or seek to influence legislation are not eligible.
  • The Foundation does not generally meet or communicate with grant applicants unless requested to do so by the Grants Review Committee after considering the organization’s on-line application.
  • The Foundation encourages financial sustainability and self-sufficiency, and does not fund programs or organizations on an annual or ongoing basis.
  • Organizations that have received grants from the Towsley Foundation must wait until at least one year has passed since the date of their last payment, before submitting an application for new funding.


The Foundation meets three times a year to consider grant applications. Completed electronic applications through this website must be received according to the following timetable. Prior to each Board meeting, the Grants Review Committee will provide an initial review and recommendation to the Board regarding each grant request.

Deadlines for Applications

  • September 23, 2022 for the October 14, 2022 Board Meeting
  • February 3, 2023 for the February 24, 2023 Board Meeting
  • June 23, 2023 for the July 21, 2023 Board Meeting

How to Apply

In addition to questions on the website application form about the organization and the project to be funded, applicants will be asked to provide:

  • A copy of current IRS determination letter demonstrating 501(c)(3) status.
  • The project budget.
  • Audited financial statements for the most recent fiscal year. If none, a current IRS Form 990.
  • The current annual report and website link
  • Applicants may be asked to provide further information.

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