COVID-19 Relief Efforts


Apply for the Hillsdale County Emergency Relief Grant

The Hillsdale County Community Foundation is a non-profit that exists to meet the needs of the people in Hillsdale County. Since 1991, we have been helping generous donors and innovative non-profits come together to create positive change in Hillsdale County.

Today, as our community faces the COVID-19 crisis, we have established relief funding through our Hillsdale County Emergency Relief Fund to address the immediate needs of the most vulnerable community members. With this fund, HCCF will be able to make emergency grants to local organizations responding to the emergent needs in Hillsdale County.

Currently, only 501(c)3 non-profit organizations can apply for this funding.  Grants may be used to provide flexible dollars to local organizations that are helping our community’s most vulnerable residents with increased or unexpected needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic that, if unmet, could result in a crisis situation for those individuals and their families.

If you would like to assist the Community Foundation with local COVID-19 relief, please consider making a donation to the Hillsdale County Emergency Relief Fund.  You may make a secure online gift here. You may also mail a check made out to HCCF, 2 South Howelll St. PO Box 276, Hillsdale MI 49242. Please note ‘Hillsdale County Emergency Relief Fund’ in the memo. Thank you to the donors who have already contributed.

*Please note that HCCF is currently closed to visitors but is able to take phone calls for questions at 517-439-5101.


Frequently Asked Questions

How are grants operating?
  • The Foundation has created the Hillsdale County Emergency Relief Fund to provide grants for immediate needs in Hillsdale County. HCCF is prioritizing highly flexible grants that address the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on our most vulnerable communities, particularly those organizations led by members of those communities most affected.
How will grant payments be made?
  • Grants will be paid by check within 5 days of the award.
Are you currently offering any flexibility for current grantees?
  • Many program grants have been converted to COVID-19 relief grants. The Foundation has also suspended grant reporting deadlines (if discussed with an HCCF staff member) to allow non-profits to focus on more immediate needs.
My organization needs funding. Can I apply for funding from HCCF?
  • The Foundation is accepting online applications for the Hillsdale County Emergency Relief Fund to assist with direct client care assisting with the most critical needs as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
What is your advice to donors?
  • HCCF continues to encourage all individuals that want to make an immediate gift to support the Hillsdale County Emergency Relief Fund. HCCF will be working to determine the best uses of this resource for Hillsdale County. If donors have a question, please contact the Foundation office at 517-439-5101.
I am an individual who has been directly affected by COVID-19. Can I receive help from HCCF?
  • The Community Foundation is not able to directly support individuals and families. Rather, we support community-based non-profits that, in turn, directly support individuals and families that are most affected by COVID-19 and its impacts. For those seeking assistance, Community Action Agency is available by phone at (517) 437-3346 or visit their website at https://www.caajlh.org/.

My small business has been affected by COVID-19. Can I receive help from HCCF?
  • Currently, the Hillsdale County Emergency Relief grants are limited to 501(c)3 non-profit organizations to be used to provide flexible dollars to local organizations that are helping our community’s most vulnerable residents with increased or unexpected needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic that, if unmet, could result in a crisis situation for those individuals and their families.