Grants in Your Community

The Community Foundation recently awarded $183,459 to 27 local organizations through our spring responsive cycle.  Pooling resources from the Fund for the Community, the Fund for Youth, along with dollars from named unrestricted and donor advised funds, the Community Foundation was able to help meet needs and advance opportunities in Emmet County.

One of the key ways to improve the quality of life in our community is to strengthen the organizations that are dedicated to serving our friends and neighbors.  These grant funds will support a variety of programs and projects in Emmet County in the areas of health and human services, the environment, arts and culture, youth, community and economic development, and recreation.

View the complete list of recent grant awards below.

"Awareness to Action" in Action!

A grant last fall helped kick-off a new program in Harbor Springs Public Schools -- Awareness to Action (A2A) -- which involved all the 5th graders at Shay Elementary.  It's an hands-on approach to learning which allowed the students to take the classroom outside and learn about the environment and the impact of stormwater run-off.  The results were amazing!!  Check out one of their videos!

Grant Dollars Making a Difference

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All hands on deck

I have to thank the Charlevoix County Community Foundation, the Petoskey/Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, and the Inland Seas Education Association for providing this wonderful trip for us. When I asked my son later how the trip met his expectations, his joy was evident. “This was so much cooler than I thought it would be,” he said. I asked him what his favorite part was, fully expecting him to say steering the boat or helping with the sails. “The experiments below deck,” he said. “I felt like a real scientist, not just some kid. When they rang the bell for us to stop, I was hoping she would let me stay to do more.”  

Read this parent's full account of the impact of this experience (click here).

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