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:
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 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.
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 Townships of New Buffalo, Chikaming, and Three Oaks and the villages and cities therein.
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 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.
The Pokagon Fund also offers Adult Scholarships for those over 21 years of age who wish to return to school for any type of continuing education. Applicants must reside in Chikaming, New Buffalo or Three Oaks Township and the cities and villages within.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Have questions about application processes?