The Coast Social Network with the Berrien Community Foundation – Wednesday, January 27

Susan Matheny from the Berrien Community Foundation, and Bill Downey, Communications Manager of the Cook Plant/Heart of Cook Foundation, join Zack to talk about the Heart of Cook Competitive Grant Program, which is now taking applications through February 10th at

Heart of Cook Competitive Grants 2021

About BCF Grantmaking “Family”

BCF’s main objective is to help resources in the community meet the needs in the community. One of the ways we do this is to provide grants through our many grant programs from the Foundations own endowment.  For example the For Good Grants.  But another way we help resources meet needs is to provide administrative services to other organizations who wish to make grants to help the community. That is the case for the Heart of Cook Grant program.

What is the Heart of Cook Foundation?

“The Heart of Cook” is a grant program funded by Indiana Michigan Power’s Cook Nuclear Plant in 2003 to assist nonprofit programs in Southwest Michigan and Northwest Indiana (La Porte, St. Joseph, and Elkhart Counties). The Berrien Community Foundation assists with administration of the HOC grant programs.

What are the Heart of Cook Competitive Grants?

Heart of Cook Competitive grants are available once per year.  They target grants that assist educational, human services, and environmental nonprofit projects. This year we will be awarded $75,000 in grants.

They are available in two sizes: Mini Grant- $100-500 and Long Form $501-$10,000.

Some Recent Grants Made:

  • STEM 4 Them to support STEM Innovation Camp,
  • 100 Women Strong for Emergency Assistance to Women,
  • Sarett Nature Center for Towers and Trails.
  • The Soup Kitchen of BH

Did you know?

This year the Heart of Cook foundation will reach $1 million in giving to the community through the HOC Grant program.

Who reviews the grants?

Each year Cook employees review applications to decide what projects and programs will earn recognition and funding through the Heart of Cook.

Who/How can a group apply?

Eligible Agencies are: 501c3 nonprofits, Schools, Municipalities and Religious organizations doing community work in all of the Indiana Michigan Power service territory.

Applications and more information will be available online at

Due Date is February 10, 2021.

Who can answer questions?       Reach out to Susan Matheny at Berrien Community Foundation for questions.