Grant Process

Grants

Our Focus When Awarding Grants

Looking for a partner in your work? Each year, the Steelcase Foundation awards grants to nonprofit projects in Grand Rapids, Michigan (Kent County) and Athens, Alabama (Limestone County) that do work related to:

  • Education
  • Arts and Culture
  • Human Services

with a goal of directing 60 percent of our annual budget toward education.

We encourage prospective grant seekers to pursue multiple avenues for support, and typically will not support a project on our own. Last year, we awarded over $4 million, with most of our award amounts ranging from $5,000 to $250,000.

We will consider program and project-specific requests, as well as organizational mission requests. Single and multi-year requests are welcomed.

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Who is not eligible for a grant?

Some things the Steelcase Foundation does not support, include:

  • Grants to individuals or for religious purposes
  • Grants to non-qualified organizations
  • Grants that fall outside of our funding priorities or geographic focus
  • Conferences, seminars or events
  • Endowments
  • Grants for projects that duplicate, or significantly overlap the work of federal, state or local government agencies
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or national origin.

Grant Application Process

Think your project might be a good fit for the Steelcase Foundation? To start the application process, send us a Letter of Inquiry that includes the following information:

  • a description of your organization and project
  • how much you need and when
  • what you expect to accomplish through the project
  • a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) certification

Your request should be on your organization’s letterhead and signed by your chief executive officer. Please email your Letter of Inquiry to jridenou@steelcase.com.

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What to do next?

If your Letter of Inquiry is accepted, you will be invited to submit a Grant Application. To help you best plan your request, below is our 2018 Grant Schedule.

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Questions About Applying for a Grant

Have any questions? Answers to common questions about grants from the Steelcase Foundation can be found on the Grant FAQs page.

Frequently Asked Questions