Grant Process

Foundation Giving

The major share of Gerstacker Foundation giving in it’s 56-year history has gone to:

  • Homes for the elderly
  • Health care and research
  • Research institutions
  • Colleges and universities
  • Youth work
  • General community support

Grant Requirements

The Foundation prefers to support projects that have a strong, positive impact on communities and that broadly affect many people.  Grant applicants must demonstrate initiative, commitment, accountability and the ability to sustain their project long term, through personal and local involvement.

Submitting a Grant

Please submit grant requests to: Ruth Ann Wright, Grants Administrator


Or mail:
Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation
P.O. Box 1945
Midland, MI  48641-1945

Please include the following information:

  • Organization name, address and contact information
  • Project name, purpose and description
  • Project budget breakdown and organization’s current balance sheet and income statement
  • Expected timing and impact of project on people and community
  • Demonstrated local support for project (financial and personnel)
  • How project will be sustained in the future
  • Project team, past successes/proven ability
  • Dollar amount requested and time frame for disbursement
  • 501 (c) (3) information

Grant Evaluation and Disbursement

As part of the grant review process, trustees may request additional information or visit the requesting organization and individuals involved.  The Foundation Board meets three times annually to make final grant decisions.  Requests should be mailed in time to reach Midland prior to March 1, July 1 and October 1.