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2017 Community Mini Grant Awards

December 18, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MANISTEE COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION AWARDS OVER $16,000 IN COMMUNITY MINI GRANTS

Manistee, Michigan – A number of organizations serving Manistee County residents will soon receive a boost through the Manistee County Community Foundation’s Community Mini Grant Program.  The Foundation has awarded 19 grants totaling $16,315 to help fund projects and programs throughout Manistee County.

“We received a tremendous response to our request for proposals,” said Laura Heintzelman, President and CEO of the Foundation, “including 31 applications that were eligible for funding.  We were thrilled to be able to support more than half of the applying organizations.  We know they are skilled at making a relatively modest amount of grant funds go a long way toward improving lives for Manistee County residents.” The grants awarded will support a wide range of projects and programs include funding for efforts to support Science Technology Engineering & Math (STEM) interest in preschoolers, school robotics and summer reading programs, children’s theatre, single mothers, the arts, the environment and much more. 

The grants were funded through a number of Foundation funds in support of projects that:

  • Encourage and promote the economic self-sufficiency and well-being of women and girls in Manistee County.  Funding made possible by the Women’s Empowerment Giving Circle Fund.
  • Promote the health and well-being of youth and/or seniors in our community.  Funding made possible by the Healthy Youth Healthy Seniors Fund.
  • Prevent homelessness.  Funding made possible by the Homelessness Prevention Fund.
  • Enhance the public’s knowledge about issues that improve the area’s environmental quality of life.  Funding made possible by the Manistee County Environmental Fund.
  • Support educational opportunities for students attending Manistee County schools.  Funding made possible by the Manistee Rotary Education Fund

 

2017 Community Mini Grants awarded by the Manistee County Community Foundation include the following:

  • $500.00 grant to Onekama Consolidated Schools for the Portager Pride Pack Program from the Healthy Youth Healthy Senior Fund and the Homelessness Prevention Fund.
  • $575.00 grant to Manistee Area Public Schools Great Start Readiness Program for Preschool STEM from the Manistee Rotary Education Fund and the Spirit of Giving Fund.
  • $1,000.00 grant to Brethren High School Robotics Team for the Brethren Robotics program from the Manistee Rotary Education Fund and the Spirit of Giving Fund.
  • $200.00 grant to Manistee Recreation Association for Manistee County Little League Batting Helmet Replacements from the Healthy Youth Healthy Senior Fund.
  • $1,000.00 grant to CASMAN Alternative Academy for the Education Resource program from the Manistee Rotary Education Fund.
  • $250.00 grant to United Way of Manistee County for Kumihimo for CASMAN MAY-BE (Manistee Area Youth – Burgeoning Entrepreneurs) from the Manistee Rotary Education Fund.
  • $250.00 grant to Bear Lake Schools for the Kindergarten Moomers Field Trip from the Manistee Rotary Education Fund.
  • $1,220.00 grant to The ARC of Manistee County for The ARC of Manistee County Summer Camp from the Healthy Youth Healthy Senior Fund and the Spirit of Giving Fund.
  • $2,400.00 grant to Kaleva Norman Dickson Elementary School (Literacy Program) for their “Chill Out With A Book” Summer Library Program from the Manistee Rotary Education Fund.
  • $2,400.00 grant to Manistee Area Public Schools for their Summer Reading Program by the Manistee Rotary Education Fund.
  • $200.00 grant to Manistee Catholic Central for Quiz Bowl Team Development (High School) from the Manistee Rotary Education Fund.
  • $100.00 grant to Manistee Friendship Society for Gym Membership Transportation from the Healthy Youth Healthy Senior Fund.
  • $1,220.00 grant to Lighthouse Pregnancy Care Center for Single Moms THRIVE made from the Healthy Youth Healthy Senior Fund and the Women’s Empowerment Giving Circle Fund.
  • $750.00 grant to Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts for Talks, Tunes and Tours from the Manistee Rotary Education Fund.
  • $1,000.00 grant to Manistee Intermediate School District for Lakers Washing Away Our Carbon Footprints from the Manistee Rotary Education Fund, the Manistee County Environmental Fund and the Spirit of Giving Fund.
  • $1,500.00 grant to Bear Lake Robotics Team for their Bear Lake Robotics Team from the Manistee Rotary Education Fund and the Spirit of Giving Fund.

 

In addition to helping supplement the Mini Grants listed above, the Spirit of Giving Fund, a donor advised fund, recommended funding for several additional projects that were not awarded funding through the competitive grant process including:

  • $1,000.00 grant to the Manistee Children’s Theater Workshop for their 2018 Children’s Theater Workshop.
  • $500.00 grant to the Manistee Community Kitchen for Jesse’s Garden.
  • $250.00 grant to the Cooperative Drama Program of Bear Lake, KND, and Onekama Schools for their Cooperative Drama Program Annual Musical Trip.

 

Heintzelman extended appreciation to the Foundation’s donors who made these grants possible.  She also shared gratitude for the grant review committees and donor advisors who reviewed the applications and formed funding recommendations which were ultimately approved by the MCCF Board of Directors. 

“On behalf of the Foundation, I want to express our gratitude and appreciation to the many organizations that sought funding assistance from their Community Foundation,” said Brad Hopwood, Chair of the MCCF Board of Directors.  “We hope organizations and donors alike will look to the Foundation as a vehicle to support Manistee County’s success.  Through the power of charitable giving we can make a big positive difference in our quality of life and the Foundation is proud to play an important role.”

The Manistee County Community Foundation is a public charity dedicated to improving the quality of life in Manistee County, today and for future generations.  It is governed by a Board of Directors that includes Brad Hopwood (Chair), Chip May (Vice Chair), Kathryn Glancy (Secretary), Cyndy Wangbichler (Treasurer), Leann Burger, Rob Carson, Tim Ervin, Bob Evans, Beth McCarthy, David Mix, Geoff Paine and Steve Parsons. For additional information contact the Foundation office at 231-723-7269 or visit www.manisteefoundation.org.     

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