Kids greet Ronald McDonald with enthusiasm at the 2011 Santa Parade PhotoKids greet Ronald McDonald with enthusiasm at the 2011 Santa Parade

The Grand Rapids Jaycees Foundation works to build stronger non-profit organizations throughout the community through charitable contributions, providing non-financial resources and developing of community leaders.


11/28/2016 - 2016 Foundation Grant Applications due December 2, 2016!:

The 2016 Foundation grant cycle is closing soon! The Grand Rapids Jaycees Foundation anticipates granting up to $25,000 in grants this year. Grant applications are due by 5 p.m. on December 2, 2016. This year's grant application process is online and can be found at: recipients will be announced on December 30, 2016. Grants will be presented to recipients at the Grand Rapids Jaycees Year-End Gala on January 21, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact

11/28/2016 - Children's Holiday Shopping Tour - December 6: Volunteers Needed:

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On Tuesday, December 6, the Grand Rapids Jaycees will host the 60th Annual Children's Holiday Shopping Tour at the Cascade Meijer. Children referred to the Jaycees from area agencies will shop for Christmas presents for their families with volunteers from the Jaycees, local media celebrities and community members. Each child is paired up with a volunteer shopper and then, after shopping, will enjoy refreshments and receive a gift of their own from Santa while their gifts are being wrapped by elves from the Jaycees and the community. Local sports mascots will also be on hand to entertain children. Volunteers are still needed for this great event. You can sign up to volunteer at!/showSignUp/4090b4aaba62ca2f49-2016.

The Children's Holiday Shopping Tour, which is funded through the Grand Rapids Jaycees Foundation, Meijer and community donations, has been organized and operated by the Grand Rapids Jaycees since 1957. It is the chapter's longest-running event in front of the Santa Parade (48 years) and Special Olympics Michigan State Basketball Finals (35 years).

09/21/2016 - 2015 Grant Recipients:

Grants were presented to the following organizations at the Grand Rapids Jaycees Year-End Gala on Saturday, January 23, 2016: Camp Casey ($5,000), The First Tee ($2,500), Remembrance Ranch ($2,450),Streams of Hope ($1,942), Jubilee Jobs ($520), The Body Mind Being Project ($400). See the Grant History section on the website for further details. Grant applications for 2016 will be made available around the middle of November 2016. If you have any questions regarding the grant process, please contact

09/21/2016 - 2016 Santa Parade Entry Applications Now Being Accepted:

Entry applications for the 2016 Art Van Santa Parade presented by the Grand Rapids Jaycees on Saturday, November 19 are now being accepted. You can find the application on the Santa Parade website at

11/09/2015 - Santa Claus is Coming to Town! Art Van Santa Parade - Saturday, November 21:

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Santa Claus is Coming to Town! Join us at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 21, 2015 for the Art Van Santa Parade presented by the Grand Rapids Jaycees in downtown Grand Rapids. The parade will start at the corner of Monroe Ave. and Michigan St. and will end at Fulton St. and Market Ave. The Grand Marshal for this year's parade is Rachel Reenstra, the host of the weekend series "The Wildlife Docs" on ABC. Matt Giraud from American Idol will be the Guest of Honor. WOOD-TV8 will also televise the parade live! Hope to see you there! For more information on the parade, go to