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Our Grants

The R.E. Olds Foundation is committed to Michigan’s greater Lansing region through the support of community-based education programs, youth and family initiatives, animal welfare, and environmental issues.


Grant requests during the COVID-19 pandemic

Due to the current global pandemic, our family foundation has temporarily suspended quarterly grant requests to support critical needs within our greater Lansing community.

We are focusing on grantees we have worked with previously, reaching out to them first. If you are not a former grantee, nor one with whom we’ve been in contact, you must contact the foundation before submitting a request.

Nonprofit serves greater Lansing

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Our geographic area of focus is the greater Lansing region. Only funding requests from nonprofit organizations based in Michigan’s Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties will be considered.

Work aligns with our priorities

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Our philanthropy focuses on education, youth and families, animal welfare and environmental issues. Grants are awarded to nonprofits, not individuals.

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We generally do not supply building or endowment funding, college scholarships, individual aid, or salaries/benefits. We do not support religious organizations.

"Our youth-centered makerspace, Think Tank, is a way for us to pay homage to R.E. Olds who was a tinkerer, innovator and inventor. The R.E. Olds Foundation has been invaluable in our strategic growth, and we're proud to partner with them to expand access to STEM opportunities for kids."

Erik Larson
Impression 5 Science Center

"Because of the R.E. Olds Foundation's matching grant, we housed 30 additional families who otherwise would have remained homeless. They are so clearly invested in our community, and it goes well beyond their financial support. The foundation really cares, and we value our relationship with them."

Molly Cook
Haven House

"The R.E. Olds Foundation has a place in its heart for Woldumar Nature Center, but more than that, for Lansing's children. Our kids need this really personal connection to the outdoors, an emotional connection to nature, and the foundation sees that. They truly care about how our kids are benefiting from this program."

Margaret Holtschlag
Annie's BIG Nature Lesson

Past grantees

These are the organizations we’ve supported in recent years. We’re proud to fund so many nonprofits doing valuable work throughout our region.

2019 Grantees

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Animal Welfare

  • Capital Area Humane Society
  • SRF Healing Hearts with Horses
  • Wildside Rehabilitation & Education Center

Community Programs

  • Olivet College: Women’s Leadership Institute
  • REACH Studio Art Center: Creative Connections
  • Tri-County Office on Aging: Meals on Wheels
  • R.E. Olds Transportation Museum: Re-roofing project
  • Allen Neighborhood Center: Dance at Allen Place/Market Day sponsor
  • One Love Global: Grit, Glam & Guts
  • Capital Area College Access Network (CAP-CAN)
  • East Lansing Educational Foundation
  • The Sparrow Hospital Foundation
  • Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC): 2020 Girls
  • Communities in Schools
  • Lansing Symphony: Link Up program
  • Greater Lansing Food Basket
  • Lansing Art Gallery: Art Encounters
  • American Red Cross: Mid-Michigan


  • Woldumar Nature Center
  • Annie’s BIG Nature Lesson
  • Lansing ScoutReach: Water & Woods Field Service Council
  • Grass River Natural Area: Environmental Learning Center
  • Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council
  • Michigan Nature Conservancy

Youth and Family

  • Bath High School Football: Safety helmets
  • Haven House: Rapid re-housing for families
  • Bethany Foster Care Services: “Keeping Families Together”
  • YMCA Camp Hayo-Went-Ha: Health center
  • Planned Parenthood of Michigan
  • Expectant Parents Organization
  • CASA for Kids, Ingham County
  • Explorer Elementary School
  • Highfields Teamwork & Skills Basketball Camp

2018 Grantees

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Animal Welfare

  • Ingham County Animal Shelter
  • Capital Area Humane Society
  • SRF Healing Hearts & Horses

Community Programs

  • WKAR Radio, NPR
  • Michigan Radio, NPR
  • R.E. Olds Transportation Museum
  • RAINN: National sexual assault hotline
  • Olivet College: Women’s Leadership Institute
  • Impression 5 Science Center
  • East Lansing Pop-Up Library
  • RISE-WAI-IAM & RISE Recovery
  • Recycling Education Pilot Program
  • REACH Studio Art Center
  • Allen Neighborhood Center
  • Capital Area College Access Network (CAP-CAN)
  • Communities in Schools, Lansing
  • Lansing Symphony: Link Up Program
  • Child and Family Services: Kevin J. Moody Home
  • Greater Lansing Food Bank
  • Haven House
  • Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center
  • Lansing Reading is Fundamental (RIF)
  • Highfields Fire Safety
  • Riverwalk Theatre


  • Woldumar Nature Center
  • Michigan Nature Conservancy
  • Lansing ScoutReach: Water & Woods Field Service Council

Youth and Family

  • Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC)
  • YMCA Camp Hayo Went Ha: Camp Arbutus
  • Michigan Dyslexia Institute
  • PEAC: Lansing Area Cycling Program
  • Impression 5 Science Center
  • Girl Scouts Robotics Team
  • Eastside Community Action Center
  • Explorer Elementary: Big Science