The mission of the Marvin and Rosalie Okun Foundation is to honor our founders by supporting programs that will have a significant, long-term, and positive impact on the lives of those within the Kalamazoo community.



The Board of Directors of the Marvin and Rosalie Okun Foundation will review grant applications on a bi-annual basis (typically in the spring and fall). Consistent with the wishes of the founders, the foundation will be looking to support programs or projects that:

  1. Make life more positive for those less fortunate - financially or physically,

  2. Positively impact a significant number of people in the community,

  3. Are focused on long-term change and results, not short-term relief, and

  4. Support those living within the Kalamazoo, Michigan community.



  • Arts and Culture

  • Health and Human Services

  • Education - particularly Jewish religious education



Requests for capital campaign funding will come under additional scrutiny, including the % of your request as related to the total campaign goal. 

If you feel that your project/program is in line with our Mission and Grant-Making guidelines, we welcome you to complete a Grant Application for funding support. Your application will be reviewed initially by our Foundation administrators and will then be submitted to the Board for review and consideration.

Use the button below to begin a NEW application. If you have previously submitted an application and would like to access it, please refer to your email received from “”.