Grant proposal submission deadlines:

(Organizations that are first-time Foundation applicants or have not received Foundation funding in the past five years must contact the Foundation’s VP-Program at least four to six weeks prior to an applicable submission deadline.)

Proposal Deadline

  • November 1, 2023
  • January 2, 2024
  • March 1, 2024
  • May 1, 2024
  • July 1, 2024
  • September 3, 2024
  • November 1, 2024

Trustee Review

  • January 23, 2024
  • March 19, 2024
  • May 21, 2024
  • July 16, 2024
  • September 17, 2024
  • November 19, 2024
  • January 21, 2025

Please submit one hard copy of your application. Our office is currently open by appointment only, you may either mail in your application or drop it off in our lobby on the 9th floor of the Fifth Third Bank Building, where there is a drop box for your convenience. The Foundation does not accept applications via email.

Please review this material thoroughly and provide all the information requested when submitting a proposal. The following items are the most frequently omitted:

  • Cover letter: must be on letterhead with name of organization; organization mailing address and phone number; must be signed by both the highest-level board member and executive staff member;  dollar amount that is being requested; and timeframe of project.
  • Current year operating budget with most recent monthly statements
  • Board roster listing members’ occupations and affiliations
  • Most recent audit or IRS Form 990

Incomplete proposals are subject to declination or scheduled for a later meeting.

Download Grant Application Guidelines     Download Final Report Form

Please contact the Foundation if you have any questions or concerns.

136 E. Michigan Ave., Suite 900
Kalamazoo, MI 49007-3915
(269) 342-6411; fax (269) 342-6465

We are located on the 9th floor of the Fifth Third Bank Building.

In accordance with the example and directives of its founder, the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation encourages grant applications from Kalamazoo area nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations whose work benefits or will benefit the community. The Foundation does not make grants to individuals. The Foundation Trustees will make all decisions regarding the funding of proposals without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, height, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, weight, marital status, genetic information, disability, military status or national origin of the organization’s staff or volunteers. It is expected that all beneficiaries of funding from the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation will adhere to existing state and federally mandated affirmative action policies.