About Us

The James R. & Anita Horne Jenkins Family Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to supporting work in underserved and diverse communities, primarily in Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, and Tennessee. We are especially committed to improving the health, welfare, and educational or otherwise positive development of people of color, people with disabilities, and veterans.
  • education and literacy;
  • veteran support;
  • disaster/emergency relief;
  • organizational viability and capacity building;
  • faith-based community outreach;
  • arts and culture.


Our grantmaking process primarily focuses on our rapid response application cycle. (click here)
As a result of current Board Initiated Grants and multi-year commitments, for the year 2021 and the foreseeable future, the Foundation will only accept grant applications by invitation only. 
Please refer to the hyperlinks for critical information & our FAQ page. We will not respond to individual inquiries as our website is comprehensive & covers the process in detail.
Target Geographic Areas
We accept applications from organizations in our target geographic areas, including:
— Great Lakes Bay Region (incl. Isabella County),
— Washtenaw County.
— Greater Chicago Area,
— Lake County,
— Quad Cities.
— Greater Memphis Area,
— Western Tennessee (incl. Jackson).
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