Gannett Foundation

WZZM 13 is owned and operated by Gannett Inc., which has a separate non-profit entity, the Gannett Foundation. West Michigan organizations are encouraged throughout the year to apply for grants whose mission exemplifies children, families and education. Grants approved locally are sent to the corporate Gannett Foundation for final review.

Click here for the Gannett Foundation Grant Application (PDF)

The Gannett Foundation seeks projects which take a creative approach to such fundamental issues as education and neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation and cultural enrichment.

Gannett Foundation grants are distributed two times during the year. Applications are due to WZZM 13 on February 15 and August 15. Like many donors, the Gannett Foundation receives many more requests than they can fund. As a result, contributions will not be considered for the purposes listed below.

For more information, review the guidelines below. If you have questions, call Catherine Behrendt at the WZZM 13 Community Relations Dept.: (616) 785-1313.

Applications should be submitted to:
WZZM 13 / Gannett Foundation Grants
Attention: Catherine Behrendt
645 3 Mile Road NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49544

What the Gannett Foundation does not fund:
  • Individuals
  • Organizations not determined by the IRS to be tax-exempt under §501(c)(3)
  • National or regional organizations unless their programs address specific local community needs
  • Programs or initiatives where the primary purpose is the promotion of religious doctrine or tenets
  • Elementary or secondary schools (except to provide special initiatives or programs not provided by regular school budgets)
  • Political action or legislative advocacy groups
  • Endowment funds
  • Multiple-year pledge campaigns
  • Medical or research organizations
  • Organizations located in or benefiting nations other than the US and its territories
  • Fraternal groups, athletic teams, bands, veteran's organizations, volunteer firefighters or similar groups
Past Gannett Foundation Recipients:

Arts and Culture

  • Master Arts Theatre - Grand Rapids, MI
  • West Michigan Academy of Music for Girls - Grand Rapids, MI
  • Muskegon Community College - Muskegon, MI
  • West Michigan Childrens Museum - Muskegon, MI
  • Cherry County Playhouse - Muskegon, MI
  • St. Cecilia Music Society - Grand Rapids, MI

Diversity / Civil Rights

  • Multiracial Association of Professionals - Grand Rapids, MI
  • United Negro College Fund - Grand Rapids, MI
  • Grand Rapids Community College - Grand Rapids, MI
  • Greater Grand Rapids Branch - NAACP - Grand Rapids, MI

Community Development

  • West Michigan Horticultural Society - Grand Rapids, MI
  • North End Community Ministries - Grand Rapids, MI
  • Grand Rapids Area Center for Ecumenism - GRACE - Grand Rapids, MI


  • Child and Family Resource Council - Grand Rapids, MI
  • Kent County Literacy Council - Grand Rapids, MI


  • Humane Society of Kent County - Grand Rapids, MI
  • John Ball Zoological Society - Grand Rapids, MI
  • NCCS Camp Newaygo - Newaygo, MI


  • God's Kitchen - Grand Rapids, MI
  • Christian Counseling Center - Grand Rapids, MI
  • Conductive Education & Rehabilitation Center of Michigan, Inc. - Grand Rapids, MI
  • Child Abuse Council of Muskegon County - Muskegon, MI
  • Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America - Grand Rapids, MI
  • YWCA - Grand Rapids, MI
  • March of Dimes - Grand Rapids, MI
  • American Lung Association - Grand Rapids, MI
  • Hospice of Michigan - Grand Rapids, MI
  • National Necrotizing Fasciitis Foundation - NNFF - Grand Rapids, MI


  • The Greater Grand Rapids Interfaith Hospitality Network - Grand Rapids, MI
  • Home Repair Services - Grand Rapids, MI
  • Disability Advocates of Kent Co./Grand Rapids Center for Independent Living - Grand Rapids, MI
  • Inner City Christian Federation - Grand Rapids, MI
  • Dwelling Place - Grand Rapids, MI

Social Services

  • Degage Ministries - Grand Rapids, MI
  • Catholic Social Services of Muskegon - Muskegon, MI
  • Detroit Lions Charities - Pontiac, MI
  • All County Churches Emergency Support System / ACCESS - Grand Rapids, MI
  • Adoptive Family Support Network - Grand Rapids, MI
  • Trinity UMC Community Ministries - Grand Rapids, MI

Youth Development

  • Grand Rapids Metro YMCA - Grand Rapids, MI
  • Michigan Trails Girl Scout Council - Grand Rapids, MI

Click here for the Gannett Foundation Grant Application (PDF)