Chemical Bank's goal is to actively participate in the communities where we live, work and play. Our commitment to the communities we serve is demonstrated through the financial support we give to local organizations and volunteer efforts. Chemical Bank employees are leaders, members and volunteers of charitable organizations and events including Junior Achievement, 4-H, United Way, Habitat for Humanity, American Cancer Society, and the Chamber of Commerce, among others.

Chemical Bank plays an active role in the financing of community development projects that are aligned with these objectives, while working closely with municipalities and school districts to provide quality banking services. We are devoted to being a good corporate citizen; our dedication to our customers and the communities we serve are genuine and very much at the heart of the values that our Bank represents.

Many requests come in the form of a sponsorship or donation. The grants that the Chemical Bank Foundation awards are directed towards specific programming. If your organization is interested in a sponsorship or smaller donation, please reach out to your local branch so they can direct you to the appropriate individuals for those requests. Below is additional information regarding Grant criteria.

Grants will be considered for programs and projects within the markets Chemical Bank serves. Generally, grants for operating capital and ongoing expenses will not be considered. Principal categories for consideration include Arts and Culture, Economic Development, Education and Community Projects. Typical grants will range between $1,000 and $25,000.

The Foundation plans to have two grant cycles in 2017, subject to announcement. Requests for grant funding should be submitted through a Request for Consideration Form, which will be available during the open grant cycles. The first grant cycle for 2017 is now closed. Requests for consideration will be reviewed for consistency with the Foundation's mission and funding availability. Based on these preliminary reviews, select organizations will receive an invitation to apply for grant funding on March 29, 2017. A second grant cycle will be announced later this year.

Chemical Bank Foundation Information

Chemical Bank believes corporate responsibility includes making a long-term commitment – to our footprint, to our employees and to future generations. To reinforce that commitment, in 2012, we established the Chemical Bank Foundation, which will help us to better organize, prioritize and execute our corporate giving over the long-term.

The Foundation will award grants for a variety of worthy endeavors designed to improve the quality of life throughout the communities we serve. We believe the Foundation will serve to complement the thousands of volunteer hours and ongoing financial support our employees and Chemical Bank provide to a variety of community and statewide charitable outreach and civic programs.

The Chemical Bank Foundation will allow us to better prioritize the financial support we provide our communities with, and importantly will enable us to consider larger scale projects that are focused on improving the quality of life across the communities we serve. The Chemical Bank Foundation will act in the same way that many other Foundations do.

On a periodic basis, the Foundation will request Grant Applications from members of our community and will evaluate each submission based on a pre-defined set of criteria to determine how to best award grant funds.

Lynn M. Kerber: Chair and President

Lori A. Gwizdala: Treasurer

Deborah Becker: Secretary

Richard DeVries: Vice President

Thomas W. Kohn: Vice President

Donna McAvoy: Vice President

Joel Rahn: Vice President

Bob S. Rathbun: Vice President

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Grant Guidelines and Application for Organizations

The Chemical Bank Foundation is a private grant-making foundation established in 2012 by Chemical Bank. Chemical Bank believes that corporate responsibility includes making a long-term commitment – to our communities, to our employees, and to future generations. The Chemical Bank Foundation was established to support the quality of life in the communities we serve. The Foundation makes grants to organizations that are screened and selected by Foundation trustees; furthermore, grants will be considered for organizations that operate within Chemical Bank’s defined markets and are intended to support capital projects, specific program costs, and seed monies for new programs and initiatives.

Grants will be made to organizations that have been determined to be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service. Our grant-making focus is restricted to communities that Chemical Bank serves. We do not make grants to individuals, nor will grants be made to sectarian religious activities, general operating budgets, annual campaigns, endowments, political or lobbying activities.

Organizations may request grants for specific programs, services and capital projects related to the following categories:

  • Economic Development-Programs, services and capital projects that contribute to the economic vibrancy of the community, job creation, job readiness, and entrepreneurism.

  • Arts and Culture-Programs, services and capital projects that contribute to the quality of life, through art, music, theatre, sports and recreation.

  • Education-Programs and services that assist in the education of youth, school readiness, entrepreneurism, and financial literacy.

  • Affordable Housing-Programs, services and capital projects that support first-time home buyers, low and moderate income housing, and foreclosure prevention.

  • Critical Needs-Programs, services and capital projects that support health, human services and social needs.