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.

Grants

Past Grantees

We’re proud to have supported a broad range of nonprofits throughout greater Lansing.

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Current opportunities

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Testimonials

Hear what our grantees have to say about our partnership and support of their work.

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Are you eligible for grant consideration?

The R.E. Olds Foundation welcomes grant requests from nonprofits serving the Greater Lansing area. Our philanthropy focuses on community-based education programs focused on youth and family initiatives; animal welfare; and environmental issues. Grants are awarded to nonprofits, not individuals.

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 community-based education programs, youth and family initiatives, animal welfare, and environmental issues. Grants are awarded to nonprofits, not individuals.

You seek programmatic support

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

Application Deadlines 

1st Quarter Applications

Application Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2024
Grant Review/Awards: Friday, March 15, 2024

2nd Quarter Applications

Application Deadline: Friday, June 15, 2024
Grant Review/Awards: Friday June 28, 2024

3rd Quarter Applications

Application Deadline: Friday September 16, 2024
Grant Review/Awards: Friday, September 20, 2024

4th Quarter Applications

Application Deadline: Friday, November 29, 2024
Grant Review/Awards: Friday, December 13, 2024

"The R.E. Olds Foundation has been instrumental in our strategic growth in the Lansing and East Lansing area. Without their continued partnership, we would not be able to provide as many students as we have been with the basic needs they require to "achieve in life". There aren't many family foundations like the R.E. Olds Foundation; who not only are thoughtful in where their investments go, but believe in the people who receive the support. We are grateful and cherish the partnership with the R.E. Olds Foundation. "

Marllory DePrekel
President/CEO of Communities in Schools

"As a foundation, RE Olds has done much to improve the lives of young people. Child and Family Charities has been fortunate to be one of the recipients of their generosity. Through the years, the RE Olds Foundation has provided critical funding support to increase our capacity to serve more children and youth in the local community who are experiencing crisis. With a pulse on community needs, their board consistently demonstrates a sincere commitment to invest in youth, the future of our region."

Julie Thomasma, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer of Child and Family Charities

"The R.E. Olds Foundation has helped Mikey 23 Foundation Youth Building program with well over 65 youth in the Lansing area. Their grant has allowed Mikey 23 Foundation to train our youth in the construction trade, from carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC. The R.E. Olds Foundation vision has
truly fueled Lansing youth to reach their full potential. Thank you from our community."

Michael McKissic
Founder of Mikey 23 Foundation

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.

2022 Grantees

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Animal Welfare

  • CANTER Michigan
  • Wildside Rehabilitation & Education Center

Community Outreach

  • American Red Cross – Mid-MI Chapter Earmarked—Hurricane Ian Disaster Relief
  • American Red Cross – Mid-MI Chapter
  • Athena International—Martha Mertz Scholarship Fund
  • Child & Family Charities
  • Communities in Schools
  • Council of Michigan Foundations
  • Crime Stoppers of Mid-Michigan, Inc.
  • Desk Drawer Fund—Sweet Encounters
  • Greater Lansing Food Bank
  • Hurst/Olds Club of America
  • Lansing Art Gallery Art Education
  • Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Michigan Radio
  • WKAR TV
  • National Antique Olds Club of America—
  • Annual Car Show
  • Planned Parenthood of Michigan
  • Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Inc.
  • Sparrow Hospital Foundation—Hats in the Garden
  • Weekend Survival Kits

Environment

  • Woldumar Nature Center
  • Tip of the Mitt—Michigan
  • The Nature Conservancy—Michigan
  • YMCA Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha

Youth & Family

  • Annie’s Big Nature Lesson
  • Impression 5 Science Museum
  • Lansing Symphony-Link Up
  • Mikey 23 Foundation
  • Mitten Misfits
  • Lansing Area Safety Council
  • The Turning Point of Lansing
  • Waverly Robotics
  • Experientials Inks

2023 Grantees

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Animal Welfare

  • CANTER Michigan
  • Wildside Rehabilitation & Education
  • Capital Area Humane Society
  • Potter Park Zoological Society
  • Saving the Scales Reptile Rescue

Community Outreach

  • RE Olds Transportation Museum
  • American Red Cross – Mid-Michigan—Tiffany Circle
  • Crime Stoppers of Mid-Michigan, Inc
  • Greater Lansing Food Bank
  • WKAR TV
  • Michigan Radio
  • Council of Michigan Foundations
  • Historical Society of Michigan
  • The Sparrow Hospital Foundation-Hats in the Garden
  • Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Mason Orchestral Society
  • Giving Paws—Clinton County
  • East Lansing Public Library

Environment

  • Woldumar Nature Center
  • Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council
  • Nature Conservancy—Michigan

Youth and Family

  • Annie’s Big Nature Lesson
  • Lansing Promise for Lansing SAVE
  • Annie’s Big Nature Lesson
  • Highfields
  • Mikey 23 Foundation
  • Child and Family Charities
  • Grit, Glam and Guts’
  • Michigan Science Teachers Association
  • Small Talk Children’s Assessment Center
  • The Commanders Club of Michigan
  • MAGIC Academy
  • VFW National Home
  • Trojan Athletics-Summer Track & Field
  • Communities in Schools-Lansing/East Lansing
  • Lansing Art Gallery
  • WAI-IAM, Inc.
  • The Turning Point of Lansing
  • Lansing Symphony Orchestra—Link Up Concert