Grants and Scholarships

Apply for a Grant

The Pokagon Fund accepts applications for funding from municipalities, nonprofits, and charitable organizations. We require all applicants to apply for funding online using the proper application form.

New online applicants: 
If this is your first time using our new online applications, please click on the appropriate application below. You will be directed to the grant application portal, where you will need to set up an account before starting your application. An account allows you to access your saved and submitted applications at any time. It also allows us to send you a submission confirmation e-mail and notify you if additional information is necessary to process your application. 

Returning online applicants: 
If you have previously set up a user account and have started an application, you may log back into your account by clicking here:

Returning Online Applicants



Discretionary Application Short Form

To be used for grant requests $3,000 or less and by nonprofit organizations providing services to the Townships of New Buffalo, Chikaming, and Three Oaks and the villages and cities therein.

Discretionary Short Form Application



Discretionary Application Long Form

To be used for grant requests over $3,000 and by nonprofit organizations providing services to the Townships of New Buffalo, Chikaming, and Three Oaks and the villages and cities therein.

Discretionary Long Form Application



Pokagon Band Application Form 

To be used by organizations providing services to Band Consolidation Sites (areas where the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians own land). Specifically, the communities of Dowagiac and Hartford, MI and South Bend, IN.

At this time, however, The Pokagon Fund is no longer accepting unsolicited grant requests from South Bend. We will annually solicit grants from several organizations with whom we have successfully partnered in the past. If you continue with the application process beyond this point, the online system will not allow you to continue. Thank you for your understanding and compliance.

Letter to South Bend Grantees

Pokagon Band Application (for grantees serving Dowagiac and Hartford, MI and South Bend, IN.



Municipal Application Form

For municipalities and local government agencies residing in and providing services to the Townships of New Buffalo, Chikaming, and Three Oaks and the villages and cities therein.

Municipal Application Long Form for Requests over $3,000

Municipal Application Short Form for Requests $3,000 or less


The Grant Project Budget Report is to be completed and included with all Online Grant Applications and Final Reports. Please see your application form for further instructions.

(This is a Microsoft Excel document. If you do not have Microsoft Excel, please contact our office to receive this report in another format.)

Grant Project Budget Report

Apply For a Scholarship


High School Scholarships

The Pokagon Fund established High School Scholarships for full-time residents of Chikaming, New Buffalo and Three Oaks Townships and the cities and villages within to promote the pursuit of post-secondary education.
 
The High School Scholarship applications will be awarded based on a combination of the student’s financial need as well as the merit of the student’s work. Grant awards are up to $2,500 per year, per student. Funding may be used for tuition, books and lab fees, but may not be used for room and board.


Adult Scholarships

The Pokagon Fund established these scholarships for full-time adult residents of Chikaming, New Buffalo or Three Oaks Townships, and the city and villages therein, to promote career advancement. Scholarship awards are based on merit, financial need, and a clearly-articulated path for career advancement in a timely manner.

This scholarship is a non-discriminatory, educational scholarship program for the benefit of individuals who desire to advance their careers. This includes persons considered non-traditional students of at least 21 years of age who are:

  • entering a college, university, trade school or other accredited, organizational institution for the first time or reentering a college, university, trade school or other accredited, organizational institution after taking a temporary leave from their studies;
  •  already enrolled in a college, university, or trade school program who are pursuing an advanced, postsecondary degree;
  • seeking re-training, certification, or licensing from an accredited institution due to changes in the workplace and/or to make further career advancements; and,
  • otherwise not the traditional college, university, or trade school, having recently finished high school student (*see note below).

* A traditional undergraduate student is one who enrolls in college immediately after graduation from high school, pursues college studies on a continuous full-time basis at least during the fall and spring semesters, and completes a bachelor’s degree program in four or five years. The Pokagon Fund Adult Scholarship is not intended for individuals who fit the traditional undergraduate definition. Applications from traditional undergraduate students will be immediately disqualified.  If you would like to know if you are eligible, please contact The Pokagon Fund at (269) 469-9322 before applying. 


Scholarship Applications

In 2017, The Pokagon Fund will partner with the Michigan Gateway Community Foundation (MGCF) to administer our new online applications for high school and adult scholarships. You will note that MGCF uses AwardSpring as their scholarship management platform. To apply for a scholarship, you will need to start the process by creating an account with AwardSpring. All Scholarship applications are available online from January through March and have a due date of March 31 each year.

Create An Account

Please be sure to review the document “Navigating AwardSpring: A Guide for Applicants” before establishing your account. An MGCF online scholarship administrator will provide further direction if needed at (269) 695-3521, or email mgcffrontdesk@gmail.com.


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