Funding Focus Areas

Our Beliefs

The founders of The Pokagon Fund believe that encouraging the development of the communities bordering the Band Trust Land Consolidation sites is a wonderful opportunity to create a better place for all residents to thrive.

The Fund provides strategic grant support to initiatives that help reduce the burden of poverty, strengthen our local schools and student achievement, enhance the success of our residents, and provide vital support to our rural communities.

Funding Focus Areas

Education

Community Vitality

Education

The Pokagon Fund’s commitment to education is reflected in the awarding of more than $2.5 million in grants and scholarships to the New Buffalo and River Valley school systems — more than 10% of the $23 million that has been awarded by the fund to date. Consistent with its belief that education is an area of greatest need for residents, one of our key goals is to help our youngest children have a successful educational experience. Read more about our educational grants here.

Poverty Reduction

Statistics reveal the rates of poverty in Berrien County for both the overall population (17.7%) and for children (26.2%) exceed state and national levels. Approximately one in five local families is food insecure, and over 10% of the households in Berrien County have annual incomes of less than $15,000. The Pokagon Fund has committed to using its resources to provide food to the needy and help reduce the overall poverty rate by supporting community resource and referral services. Read about our poverty reduction support here.

Community Vitality

Fostering community vitality involves improving the quality of life, lifting the spirits and increasing the happiness of a community. The Pokagon Fund contributes to large and small projects that enrich and enhance the lives of Harbor Country® residents. These may range from larger, collaborative efforts with our local municipalities to build parks and expand conservation areas to smaller projects that enhance the local capacity.

Learn More

To learn more about the types of grants The Pokagon Fund makes, including what organizations are eligible to apply, please visit the following pages: