MEANINGFUL IMPACT

Each year the Foundation receives diverse requests for support from the community. In 2016 the Foundation awarded over $216,657 in grants and scholarships to address a wide array of community needs.

Supported by separate grants from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, the Foundation and District Health Department #10 partnered to offer the Live Well Manistee Collaborative Grant Program. The joint re-granting initiative was aimed at improving access to healthy foods in Manistee County, especially among children and seniors living in poverty, by strengthening the local food system. In 2016 the Foundation awarded a grant to the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians for the new Next Generation Learning Center to provide greenhouse supplies and materials. Students will participate in the growing of produce which will also be incorporated into their meals.

Northern Pathways Equine Center, which provides growth and learning through participation with horses, also received a grant to involve their participants in constructing, planting, and harvesting four types of gardens. They used the produce for healthy snacks during programming.

Other Foundation grants supported the renovation and reopening of the Armory Youth Project which serves all Manistee County middle and high school youth, and to Arc/Manistee to help offer a summer camp for students with developmental and intellectual disabilities. A grant to the Benzie Area Christian Neighbors helped support their Women on their Way (WOW) program, a supportive effort which in part helps Manistee County women continue their education and find pathways to success.