The St. Clair County Strong Fund (SCC Strong) will provide financial resources to support the immediate and long-term recovery needs for the people and places affected by future disasters in St. Clair County, Michigan.

The SCC Strong Fund grants will align with the Community Foundation of St. Clair County’s four-phase approach to disaster response: risk reduction and disaster readiness, rapid relief and response, recovery and stabilization, and rebuilding resilience.


  • 1st Responder Agencies such as fire departments, police departments, county sheriff, and the St. Clair County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations based in St. Clair County
  • Churches directly involved in response and support
  • School Districts directly involved in response and support
  • Grass-roots neighborhood organizations directly involved in response and support
  • Non-governmental organizations, and those nonprofits without their own 501(c)(3) designation, may be required to collaborate with a “fiscal sponsor” that is a unit of government or a 501(c)(3) organization

In the immediate aftermath of a formally-declared disaster, individuals directly impacted by the disaster may seek financial support through our Application page.


Click here for more information and to access the applications.

Only complete applications will be accepted. The application has fillable boxes with limited space. Please be sure your text fits the space provided as reviewers will not be able to read beyond it. If need be, you may attach additional pages.


A disaster is an event, natural or man-made or economic, which causes death and/or destruction on a scale that overwhelms the ability of the community’s resources to maintain stability, save lives and preserve property. The disaster may or may not receive a county, state or federal disaster declaration, but may also be determined by the Community Foundation of St. Clair County.

The Foundation’s Disaster Responses should be initiated if there is:

  • Significant loss of life, injury, or displacement
  • Significant impact on community members and/or property and assets
  • Significant impact on a community’s capacity to respond


In the event of a disaster somewhere in St. Clair County, the Community Foundation shall create a task force or committee, which will have responsibility for all funding decisions to both responding organizations and the individuals impacted by the disaster.

The task force for any individual disaster shall be composed of;

  • 2 - 3 Community Foundation staff
  • 2 - 3 Members of the Foundation’s Executive Committee and/or Board
  • St. Clair County’s Director of Homeland Security & Emergency Management and/or their designee (currently Justin Westmiller)
  • 3 - 5 members of the community directly impacted by the disaster, including but not limited to local 1st responders and/or local government.