Apply for a Grant
The Pokagon Fund supports projects executed by municipalities and charitable institutions that benefit only the communities surrounding The Pokagon Band Trust land consolidation sites in Michigan and Indiana: New Buffalo, New Buffalo Township, Three Oaks, Three Oaks Township, Chikaming Township, Hartford, Dowagiac and South Bend, IN. Projects that do not provide direct benefits to individuals in these communities will not be considered.
The Pokagon Fund accepts applications for funding from municipalities, nonprofits, and charitable organizations that serve the residents in our service areas. We require all applicants to apply for funding online using the proper application form.
Returning online applicants:
If you already have an online account and want to start a new application, please click on the appropriate application below and you will be directed to your account login. You will then be able to complete and save the new application to your account. If you have previously set up a user account and have started an application, you may log back into your account by clicking here:
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.
Discretionary Application Short Form
To be used for grant requests $3,000 or less and by nonprofit organizations providing services to the City of New Buffalo, the Townships of New Buffalo, Chikaming, and Three Oaks and the villages and cities therein.
Discretionary Application Long Form
To be used for grant requests over $3,000 and by nonprofit organizations providing services to the City of New Buffalo, the Townships of New Buffalo, Chikaming, and Three Oaks and the villages and cities therein.
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.
Municipal Application Form
For municipalities and local government agencies residing in and providing services to the City of New Buffalo, the Townships of New Buffalo, Chikaming, and Three Oaks and the villages and cities therein.
LETTER of INQUIRY - (required only for municipal grant requests that are over $3,000) – Prior to submitting a grant application for a request that is over $3,000, a municipality will submit for review by the Board of Directors of The Pokagon Fund, a short one page Letter of Inquiry that includes brief narratives describing the project for which funding is sought and how the project would meet these guidelines. The Letter of Inquiry will provide an opportunity for the Board of Directors to make a preliminary determination as to whether and to what extent the proposed municipal project may be funded. Please click below to view the Letter of Inquiry form.
For more information, please read the Basic Guidelines to Municipalities with Allocated Funding document below before applying for funding.
Bus Trip Application Form
To be used by New Buffalo Area Schools and River Valley School District for educational field trips.
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.)
Apply For a Scholarship
High School Scholarships
The Pokagon Fund High School Scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors of New Buffalo or River Valley High School or home-schooled students who are full time residents of New Buffalo, Chikaming, or Three Oaks Townships.
Scholarships are awarded based on a combination of the student’s financial need as well as the merit of the student’s work. Funding may be used for tuition, books and lab fees, but may not be used for room and board.
Scholarship deadline is March 15 and awards are made in April.
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, post-secondary 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 student is one who enrolls in college or trade school immediately after graduation from high school, pursues studies on a continuous full-time basis at least during the fall and spring semesters, and completes a bachelor’s degree or trade program in four or five years or less. The Pokagon Fund Adult Scholarship is not intended for individuals who fit the traditional student definition. Applications from traditional 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 deadline is March 15 and awards are made in April.
Have questions about application processes?