Fall 2020 Grants Awarded

Even with the unusual landscape this past year, the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation recently awarded over $237,000 to 37 area nonprofits during our fall cycle.

As part of our twice-a-year grant cycles, the Community Foundation typically awards project-based grants. During the past summer, our staff listened to community leaders from nonprofits, municipalities and educational institutions about the various challenges facing their organizations. Based on what we heard and learned, we recognized that, although the challenges varied, providing unrestricted, general operating dollars would give any organization the needed flexibility to address its unique challenges.

“We are grateful for this feedback from the community we serve,” said Jenni Attie, chair of the foundation’s Grant Distribution Committee. “By offering flexibility in our funding, these grant dollars will provide needed support to local nonprofits as they continue to navigate the dual challenges of the pandemic and the economy.”

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, most local nonprofits have experienced considerable financial hardship, having had to cancel fundraisers and paid programming, close their thrift shops or other revenue generators,” said David (DJ) Jones, executive director. “Despite that, these nonprofits continue to persevere and fulfill their missions in creative, innovative ways.”

Our Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) participated in the fall grant cycle by reviewing 10 of the 37 applications and recommending a total of $57,000 in grants. A normal year would find the YAC, a group of 19 local teens, holding in-person interviews with applicants. Moving this process online allowed the YAC to hold virtual interviews to consider requests from organizations serving youth and families in Emmet County.

“We had to change our thinking,” said Paige Simard, the YAC member on the Community Foundation board and Petoskey High School senior. “Overall we did a good job, and it was cool to see the YAC adjust to considering these general operating support grants.”

Although not for specific projects, the grant awards shared some common threads including providing support for food pantries, purchase of personal protective equipment and supporting general operational needs for the various organizations. Stabilizing the local nonprofit sector, a key employer in Emmet County, has been at the center of the foundation’s COVID-19 relief efforts.

The grant awards were supported by a variety of funds held at the Community Foundation including field of interest funds addressing specific topics like health, housing and seniors as well as donor advised funds created by individuals and families to carry out their charitable giving. These grant awards are made possible through the generosity and support of community-minded individuals. Together we can do more.

*All grants listed below are for general operating support unless otherwise noted.

ARTS & CULTURE

Blissfest Music Organization
Amount granted: $7,500
Mission: To preserve traditions and promote innovators of American and worldwide music, arts & crafts, and sustainable living skills through performance, education, and community participation.

Crooked Tree Arts Center
Amount granted: $7,500
Mission: To inspire and enrich lives through the arts.

Great Lakes Center for the Arts
Amount granted: $7,500
Mission: To inspire, entertain, and educate through the performing arts with year-round, world-class performances, affordable ticket pricing, and a robust education program.

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra
Amount granted: $7,500
Mission: To produce live orchestral performances, providing entertainment, education and inspiration for our northern Michigan community.

Harbor Springs Area Historical Society
Amount granted: $7,500
Mission: To bring history to life in the Harbor Springs area.

Little Traverse Historical Society
Amount granted: $6,500
Mission: To enrich our community by preserving, showcasing, and sharing the history of the Little Traverse Bay area.

Petoskey District Library
Amount granted: $7,500
Mission: To nurture knowledge, drive discovery, and connect community. [Note: Grant dollars awarded will support purchase of lockers to allow for 24/7 material pickup and return.]

Raven Hill Discovery Center
Amount granted: $3,750
Mission: To provide a place that enhances hands-on and lifelong learning for all ages by connecting science, history and the arts.

Voices Without Borders
Amount granted: $7,500
Mission: To promote, support, and sponsor choral music, dance, and other related arts activities for young people in our schools and communities throughout Greater Northern Michigan

COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Harbor Inc.
Amount granted: $2,000
Mission: To bring people together to turn ideas into action for community benefit.

Harbor Springs Chamber Foundation
Amount granted: $3,500
Mission: To promote and support the public welfare, community activities and programs of the Harbor Springs area.

Northern Homes Community Development Corporation
Amount granted: $5,000
Mission: To create and preserve quality affordable housing opportunities for northern Michigan residents through education, development and partnering with local communities.

EDUCATION

Harbor Light Christian School
Amount granted: $2,800
Mission: To make Christian education available for all families who desire it. [Note: Grant dollars awarded to this applicant will not be tied to a religious purpose. Harbor Light will use grant funds awarded to purchase air filters for its classrooms.]

Harbor Springs Public Schools
Amount granted: $5,182
Mission: To create a multi-faceted educational experience, in a family atmosphere, empowering each student to become resilient, productive, and well-educated members of society. [Note: Grant dollars awarded to this applicant will not be used for general operations of the district, but rather to provide students in grades 2 and 6-8 with hands-on, walkable, experiential learning field trips in their community.]

Petoskey Montessori Children’s House
Amount granted: $7,500
Mission: To provide the highest quality childcare and early childhood education opportunities at a cost that is accessible to as many families as possible. [Note: Grant dollars awarded to this applicant will not be used for general operations of the elementary school but rather for the infant and toddler childcare program.]

ENVIRONMENT

Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities
Amount granted: $7,500
Mission: To protect and enhance what makes this region special: our lively towns and cities, our clean water, our farm and forest landscape, and the community.

Little Traverse Bay Humane Society
Amount granted: $7,500
Mission: To provide animals the tender, loving care and attention they need to become adoptable companions.

Little Traverse Conservancy
Amount granted: $7,500
Mission: To protect the natural diversity and beauty of northern Michigan by preserving significant land and scenic areas, and fostering appreciation and understanding of the environment.

Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch
Amount granted: $1,500
Mission: To conduct research in the Straits of Mackinac Area on migrating birds of prey, to support their conservation, and to inform and inspire people about them.

Tip of the Mitt Watershed
Amount granted: $7,500
Mission: To protect our lakes, streams, wetlands, and groundwater through respected advocacy, innovative education, technically sound water quality monitoring, and thorough research and restoration action.

HEALTH

Northern Michigan Equine Therapy
Amount granted: $7,000
Mission: To use the healing nature of horses as a therapeutic tool to enhance independence, self-confidence, and quality of life for individuals living with physical disabilities or mental health needs.

HUMAN SERVICES

Alanson Church of the Nazarene – Food Pantry
Amount granted: $2,500
Mission: To provide for the physical needs of as many people as we can in an environment that is welcoming and comfortable. [Note: Grant dollars awarded to this applicant will not be tied to a religious purpose. Alanson Food Pantry will use grant funding to purchase new refrigeration equipment for its food pantry, which is open to the public.]

Bay Bluffs- Emmet County Medical Care Facility
Amount granted: $7,500
Mission: To provide exceptional care with compassion and dignity. [Note: Grant dollars awarded will support purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE).]

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan
Amount granted: $7,500
Mission: To create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

First Presbyterian Church of Petoskey
Amount granted: $7,500
Mission: To put faith in motion in ways that have a positive and lasting impact on ourselves, the community, and the world. [Note: Grant dollars awarded to this applicant will not be tied to a religious purpose. First Presbyterian Church will use grant funding to upgrade its kitchen and fellowship hall used for its soup kitchens and community meetings, and to install a rain garden to redirect runoff from the roof which will prevent erosion and protect the watershed.]

Friendship Centers of Emmet County
Amount granted: $7,500
Mission: To ensure that all senior citizens have the opportunities, information, and services necessary to live healthy, safe, and active lives in dignity.

Manna Food Project
Amount granted: $7,500
Mission: To help feed the hungry in Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet Counties.

Northern Community Mediation
Amount granted: $7,500
Mission: To help people meaningfully resolve conflicts in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties.

Northwest Michigan Habitat for Humanity
Amount granted: $7,500
Mission: To bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

The Salvation Army of Petoskey
Amount granted: $7,500
Mission: To preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. [Note: Grant dollars awarded to this applicant will not be tied to a religious purpose.]

Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan
Amount granted: $7,500
Mission: To advance equality, justice and the well-being of women.

RECREATION

Camp Daggett
Amount granted: $7,500
Mission: To provide quality character building experiences through educational and recreational programs in a safe, fun environment

Challenge Mountain
Amount granted: $7,500
Mission: To enrich lives and empower individuals living with disabilities through year-round adaptive recreation.

First Tee – Northern Michigan
Amount granted: $4,000
Mission: To enhance the lives of young people in Northern Michigan by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

Petoskey Youth Soccer Association
Amount granted: $7,500
Mission: To promote fitness, health, and opportunity through soccer.

Top of Michigan Trails Council
Amount granted: $7,500
Mission: To advocate for and facilitate the development and maintenance of a safe, multi-use, year-round recreational trail system in Northern Michigan; and to promote the maintenance and use of these trails for the benefit of all.

YMCA of Northern Michigan
Amount granted: $6,360
Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. [Note: Grant dollars awarded to this applicant will not be tied to a religious purpose.]