This season Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation is proud to award $251,975 to 39 nonprofit organizations working to enhance quality of life in Emmet County. Congratulations to all recipients! A description of each organization’s project, and the grant amount awarded, is described below.

Our grantmaking is only possible through our generous donors. Thank you to all who contribute to our Fund for the Community, Fund for Youth, field of interest funds and/or donor advised funds. Your gifts help us address needs and advance opportunities throughout Emmet County.

If you would like to learn more about the Community Foundation, and how we can help you give back to this special region, please call us at 231-348-5820, email info@phsacf.org, or stop by our office at 616 Petoskey Street, Suite 203, Petoskey, MI.

ARTS & CULTURE

Blissfest Music Organization
Add ambiance to our community through local performing artists
Amount granted: $5,250

The Blissfest Music Organization’s mission is to preserve traditions and promote innovators of American and world music, arts, and sustainable living through performance, education and community education. Street music events and farmers’ markets are springing up across northern Michigan. Because of its strong connections with performers and experience booking artists, Blissfest is regularly called upon to assist in coordinating quality musical programming for these events. This grant will assist Blissfest in creating The Blissfest Buskers Collective. Through the Collective, Blissfest will curate and schedule quality and diverse artistry for a total of 150 performances at five separate weekly events. The ultimate goal is to develop a Blissfest Buskers Collective Club as a member-based entity with an online platform, a strong roster of performers and venues, as well as a steady calendar of performances by members.

Crooked Tree Arts Center
Launch Live on the Bidwell Plaza—Tuesday evenings of music, art and food

Amount granted: $4,000 
Crooked Tree Arts Center (CTAC) aims to inspire and enrich lives through the arts. CTAC has been presenting concerts on the Bidwell Plaza Thursdays at noon in the summer for four years, yet people consistently request evening sessions. This summer, CTAC will launch Live on the Bidwell Plaza on Tuesday evenings. The evenings will include live music, interactive hands-on art projects, and food and refreshments. The family-friendly events will be free and open to the public. This grant will support musician fees, artist fees, food, supplies and marketing. In addition, CTAC seeks to purchase a shade sail to provide relief from the hot summer sun.

Good Hart Artist Residency
Attract professional artists to Good Hart to hone their craft

Amount granted: $6,000
Good Hart Artist Residency believes in the power of art to connect people from different backgrounds, thereby growing a more interesting and compassionate world. For the last four summers it has hosted professional artists from all over the country, for two- to four-week residencies. These artists come to Good Hart to ‘unplug’ from daily life and dedicate time to honing their craft. Securing a residency is highly competitive; the organization received 113 artist applications for just five openings this coming summer. As part of their residency, artists are required to give back to the community through public exhibitions, workshops, and partnering with a local nonprofit on a piece of artwork. This grant will help cover costs to operate the summer 2018 residency program (i.e. art supplies, artist travel stipends, refreshments for public events, etc.)

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra
Bring orchestral music from around the world to local audiences this summer

Amount granted: $11,000 
The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra (GLCO) entertains, educates and inspires northern Michiganders through professional orchestral performances. Since its first season in 2001, GLCO has performed more than 125 concerts for over 20,000 people. This summer GLCO will present An Evening of the World’s Greatest Music at Great Lakes Center for the Arts, featuring Smetana’s Bartered Bride Overture, Bernstein’s Choruses from Candide, Copland’s El Salon Mexico and Brahms’s Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra Op. 102. This grant will help underwrite concert production expenses.

Harbor Springs Festival of the Book
Provide books to students to encourage a lifestyle of literacy

Amount granted: $4,000
The Harbor Springs Festival of the Book is a three-day festival with more than 50 traditionally-published authors and illustrators throughout Harbor Springs. The Festival is committed to meeting children in their classrooms where the highest number of students have the opportunity to engage in creative conversations with the presenters.  Research on literacy shows the number of books in a home is predictive of a child’s success in reading. This grant will allow the Festival to purchase books to be placed in classrooms, school libraries and directly in the hands of children, inspiring more kids to develop a love for books, authors and reading.

Harbor Springs Library
Upgrade library technologies to better serve patrons

Amount granted: $1,800 
The Harbor Springs Library aims to foster a love of reading, promote lifelong learning and enrich the community by providing free access to a broad range of resources and programs. The current library catalog system was designed for school library use and is clogged with unnecessary details for a community library. In addition, the system does not integrate with the Library’s two main digital resources, causing the entire lending consortium of 44 libraries to delay digital lending catalog upgrades. This grant will support the purchase of two data systems; the first will enable the Library to more efficiently offer resources to the community. The second is a patron counter so the Library can better understand staffing and resource needs.

Little Traverse Historical Society
Preserve and protect Little Traverse Bay historic materials

Amount granted: $4,976 
Little Traverse Historical Society preserves and educates people on the history of the Little Traverse Bay area. They believe understanding local history helps create a sense of place, contributes to a better quality of life, and promotes open dialog. In 2017 the Historical Society completed an assessment of its historical archives. Through that process, the organization identified 100 linear feet of material contained in acidic boxes, folders and picture frames that are rapidly deteriorating and becoming unsuitable to preserve the material within. This grant will help the Historical Society purchase acid-free boxes and new shelving to safely preserve and catalog this historic material.

Raven Hill Discovery Center
Bring a Smithsonian traveling exhibit to our region

Amount granted: $9,500
Since 1991, exhibits at Raven Hill Discovery Center have fostered connections between science, history and art. Roughly 10,000 people visit annually. This summer Raven Hill has an exciting opportunity to host Water/Ways, a traveling exhibit developed by the renowned Smithsonian Institution. Featuring a collection of freestanding panels, video displays, computer kiosks and 3D models, Water/Ways explores the nature of water in American lives. Raven Hill is one of only six sites in Michigan selected to host this exhibit. The Center is collaborating with other organizations to develop a complementary suite of water-centric activities and programs. This grant will help Raven Hill cover costs for hosting Water/Ways and its related activities.

COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Northern Lakes Economic Alliance
Stimulate new business development in Emmet County

Amount granted: $5,000 
Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA) works with communities and entrepreneurs to create and retain jobs in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet Counties. In October NLEA will host an event called the Emmet Entrepreneur Challenge. Ten Emmet County entrepreneurs will pitch their business ideas, in four minutes or less, to a panel of qualified judges and the audience. After all pitches have been delivered, the judges will select first, second and third place. The audience will also vote on their favorite pitch. The four winners will receive cash prizes to support start-up of their businesses. Afterwards everyone will enjoy a networking reception to further discuss their business ideas. This grant will help cover event organizing costs and prize money.

EDUCATION

Petoskey Education Foundation
Help build fundraising capacity for Petoskey Public Schools

Amount granted: $3,350
The Petoskey Education Foundation (PEF) supports and advocates for the Public Schools of Petoskey. Through its annual golf outing, spring dinner and other fundraisers, PEF raises money to ensure Petoskey students are provided the very best educational opportunities locally and beyond. In 2017 PEF awarded $13,000 in classroom mini-grants to teachers and an additional $20,600 in summer camp tuition and college scholarships to Petoskey students. As the cost of providing a high-quality education rises, PEF is taking a closer look at its fundraising strategy. This grant will help PEF design a new logo, website and other marketing materials to better communicate with current and potential donors.

ENVIRONMENT 

City of Harbor Springs
Improve the tree canopy in Harbor Springs

Amount granted: $6,000 
The City of Harbor Springs has suffered significant tree loss due to storm damage, the Emerald Ash Borer, the Beech Scale disease, and age. The City recognizes the importance trees have in helping to make a healthy, viable community and has begun work to increase its tree canopy. This grant will allow the City of Harbor Springs, under its Tree Advisory Board, to plant a total of 30 trees in two downtown Harbor Springs parks.

Inland Seas Education Association
Provide a fun family activity at Festival on the Bay

Amount granted: $3,000 
Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) offers hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities aboard traditionally-rigged tall ship schooners. The organization seeks to inspire curiosity and care for the Great Lakes, as well as encourage careers in STEM fields. This August ISEA is sailing its newest schooner, the 77-foot Utopia, to Little Traverse Bay for the annual Festival on the Bay. ISEA plans to offer its underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) challenge for families during the Festival. Families will build their own underwater ROV on the schooner and test their design by operating it from the dock. This challenge is designed to replicate the ways ROVs are used in industry, from environmental research to oil and gas exploration. This grant will cover ISEA’s costs to provide this activity at the Festival.

Little Traverse Conservancy
Inventory bird and bat species along local Birding Trail

Amount granted: $2,987 
Little Traverse Conservancy (LTC) works 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. As such, Little Traverse Conservancy is seeking to increase the impact of its citizen science EcoStewards program by establishing a new activity that utilizes bioacoustics monitoring equipment to inventory birds and bats. This new bioacoustics program will support local birding trail development by identifying bird species and species occurrences along the birding trails. It will also allow LTC to collect baseline data on birds and bats utilizing LTC lands, including use of working forest reserves or grasslands, to evaluate management impacts.  This grant will allow Little Traverse Conservancy to purchase the equipment needed to establish this program.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Division
Restore Arctic Grayling to Northern Michigan’s rivers

Amount granted: $11,000
Since the historic loss of Michigan’s Arctic Grayling in the early 1900s, replenishing lost and establishing new fish populations by way of fish production has become a successful process used by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Division. The Arctic Grayling Initiative aims to develop a brood stock of Arctic Grayling at the Oden State Fish Hatchery. Because the eggs will be imported from Alaska, it’s critically important to employ rigorous biosecurity controls to minimize the chance of inadvertent introduction of a pathogen new to this region. This grant will allow the Fisheries Division to purchase a UV water disinfection system to protect the quality of our area waters and allow for the development of a healthy brood stock of Arctic Grayling.

Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council
Mobilize volunteers to do local water conservation projects

Amount granted: $9,100 
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council helps protect our lakes, streams, wetlands and groundwater through advocacy and education, water quality monitoring and direct restoration. The Watershed Council is currently developing a new watershed protection program called Watershed Action Volunteer Experience (WAVE). WAVE will consist of 10 volunteer groups. Each group will be responsible for an ongoing watershed project in their community. Group projects will range from public education campaigns (such as educating people about proper disposal of pharmaceuticals) to on-the-ground restoration (such as shade tree plantings and invasive species removal). This grant will help the Watershed Council launch WAVE in Emmet County.

Walloon Lake Trust and Conservancy
Inventory vernal pools in the Walloon Lake watershed

Amount requested: $9,000 
Walloon Lake Trust and Conservancy (WLTC) conserves and connects people to the lands, lakes and streams within the Walloon Lake watershed. Walloon Lake contains two major tributaries, each draining extensive wetland areas. Wetlands are important because they provide habitat for macro invertebrates, native vegetation, water fowl and fish. Especially important are vernal pools–—temporary bodies of water that help develop species unable to withstand predation by fish.  Little is known about vernal pools in Michigan, but they are widely recognized among scientists for their important ecological value. This grant will help WLTC inventory vernal pools within the Walloon Lake watershed, allowing them to assess environmental quality of the area and plan next steps for conservation.

HEALTH

McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation
Improve safety for elderly or disabled individuals

Amount granted: $4,450 
The Adult Day Center provides a safe and comfortable environment for families who seek an alternate to inpatient care for their elderly or disabled loved ones. The majority of Adult Day Center clients experience limited mobility and require assistance moving around the Center. These clients often require special equipment to accommodate their physical capabilities, assistance with transportation, and help with personal care. For this reason, showering at home can be a challenge without significant assistance. Without assistance clients are at risk for falling and physically lifting and moving clients puts staff at risk for injury as well. This grant will allow the Adult Day Center to purchase a sit-to-stand lift and a shower chair. These devices will help clients move around the Center, participate in activities, and provide support for bathing and toileting.

Northern Michigan Equine Therapy
Help clients safely mount equine therapy horses

Amount granted: $5,000
Northern Michigan Equine Therapy (NMET) uses the healing nature of a horse as a therapeutic tool to enhance the independence, self-confidence, and quality of life for people with physical and emotional disabilities, at-risk youth, and veterans. Many clients either use a wheelchair or have mobility challenges, which can make it difficult to safely get them on and off the therapy horse. This grant will allow Northern Michigan Equine Therapy to purchase a body lift system to assist staff and volunteers in placing clients on the horses. The lift will improve safety for staff, volunteers, the clients, and the horses and allow NMET to serve clients they may not have been able to serve without a lift system.

Planned Parenthood of Michigan
Provide medical care for low-income women entering menopause

Amount granted: $12,000
Planned Parenthood offers reproductive healthcare and sexual health education to people of all ages. Its latest healthcare initiative, The Menopause Project, aims to expand healthcare and education specifically for women over 40. Menopause is a natural and normal process as a woman ages, yet its symptoms can pose health risks. To help women stay healthy during and after menopause, Planned Parenthood’s Petoskey Health Center will provide women over 40 with annual exams; labs to check lipid, glucose and thyroid levels; breast and cervical cancer screening; and if necessary mammogram referrals, colorectal screenings and referrals for bone-density testing. This grant will help cover costs (i.e. staffing, medical supplies, etc.) to implement The Menopause Project.

HUMAN SERVICES

American Red Cross of Northern Michigan
Support area families after disaster

Amount granted: $7,000
The American Red Cross of Northern Michigan prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies. One of the common threads in most Red Cross stories is the precarious position low-to-moderate income families – the majority of Red Cross disaster response clients – find themselves in post-disaster: they are often on the brink of homelessness, joblessness, and poverty. Following disasters, the Red Cross works with affected families by connecting them with mental health counseling, referrals to partnering agencies, advocacy, and access to volunteers knowledgeable about the problems that families face post-disaster. Last year, the Red Cross of Northern Michigan aided 19 families in Emmet County impacted by disaster – all home fires. This grant will allow the Red Cross to provide disaster relief services in Emmet County and support the needs of area families impacted by disasters big and small.

Bethany Christian Services
Keep Emmet County children safe during times of family crisis

Amount granted: $8,000
Founded in 1944, Bethany Christian Services (BCS) is a global organization that brings families together and keeps families together. Services include adoption, foster care, pregnancy counseling and its signature Safe Families for Children program. Safe Families for Children provides short term respite care for children in host family homes, while BCS works with their immediate families to resolve crisis situations. The program helps reduce the number of children entering the child welfare system, and gives parents required time, services and education to get help for debilitating problems without fear of losing custody. This grant will help BCS cover Safe Families for Children outreach and supplies.

Child & Family Services of Northwestern Michigan
Provide professional counseling to individuals in crisis situations

Amount granted: $10,000 
Child and Family Services strives to ensure the safety and well-being of children, youth, adults and families in times of crisis, challenge, and life transition. A crisis can happen at any time; Child and Family Services believes effective, 24-hour crisis intervention plays a critical role in helping individuals grow, change and thrive by working through challenging situations and challenging events. Third Level Crisis Services are available every hour of every day by phone, text, online, or in person at the Traverse City office. As a member of the National Suicide Prevention Line Network, anyone calling the national hotline from a northern Michigan area code is routed to Third Level counselors. On average, the center fields 2,000-3,000 contacts annually from Emmet County. This grant will ensure that immediate, professional counseling is available to all who need it and will provide funding for outreach and marketing to Emmet County residents.

Christ Child Society of Northern Michigan
Give children from low-income families backpacks filled with needed supplies

Amount granted: $5,000
Christ Child Society of Northern Michigan promotes the well-being of infants and children in northern Michigan. The organization collaborates with Head Start, a provider of free preschool for low-income families, to give each Head Start preschooler a backpack filled with needed supplies. The backpacks contain school supplies, a toiletry kit, a change of clothing and a handmade fleece blanket. In the late autumn, Christ Child Society also delivers hats and mittens to the same students who received backpacks. This grant will help Christ Child Society purchase more backpack supplies and continue this initiative.

Emmet County Juvenile Court
Improve trust and communication between adjudicated youth and their family members

Amount granted: $2,695
Emmet County Juvenile Court provides many rehabilitative programs for youth in the juvenile justice system, including traditional counseling. While counseling can be productive, progress is often slow. Trust and communication between adjudicated youth and their family members may be nonexistent. In the past, the Court has also organized youth-only experiences at Camp Daggett’s Adventure Center. Through a series of teambuilding exercises and use of the ropes course, they see adjudicated youth come out of their shells: youth leading and helping other youth, communicating with each other and developing trust. Inspired by that progress, the Court would now like to expand the Adventure Center teambuilding experience to include the youths’ parents and other family members as well. This grant will underwrite two Juvenile Court family days at the Camp Daggett Adventure Center.

Friendship Center of Harbor Springs
Promote healthy eating for older adults

Amount granted: $1,440
The Friendship Center of Harbor Springs supports the independence and vitality for area older adults. They currently offer local seniors the opportunity to receive weekday lunches through the Meals on Wheels program. The lunches only contain a salad once per week, yet seniors request soup and salad on a regular basis. They rarely purchase ingredients for salad at home due to the expense and waste of not eating the produce fast enough. In response, the Friendship Center began offering a soup and salad bar once per week. It has had great response and seniors request that it continue weekly. This grant will allow the Friendship Center of Harbor Springs to continue offering a soup and salad bar weekly on Thursdays.

Friendship Centers of Emmet County
Provide meals and wellness checks for homebound seniors

Amount granted: $12,777
Friendship Centers of Emmet County’s (FCEC) Meals on Wheels program promotes the health, dignity and independence of elderly adults by delivering hot, nutritious meals to them five days a week, as well as frozen meals for weekends and holidays. The Meals on Wheels driver also serves as an important daily wellness check for isolated seniors, many of whom receive little human contact. Seniors’ emotional wellbeing and sense of security are greatly enhanced knowing that a friendly, familiar visitor will be checking on them each weekday. The delivery vehicles wear down with heavy use and are generally replaced every three years. This grant will help FCEC purchase a new delivery vehicle for the Meals on Wheels program.

Great Start Collaborative
Ensure quality preschool experiences for all children

Amount granted: $8,500
Great Start Collaborative is a partnership of more than 30 organizations working to strengthen families and improve outcomes for children in Charlevoix, Emmet and Northern Antrim Counties. They envision a time when every child is nurtured and supported in a way that allows them to achieve their maximum potential. Many families in our region are forced to choose between providing their child with a much-needed preschool experience or meeting their basic needs of living. There are two government programs that offer free preschool for children based on financial need, but they reach capacity quickly and leave approximately 65 + local children wait-listed. This grant will provide scholarships for wait-listed children to attend high quality, tuition-based preschools in our area.

Make-a-Wish Michigan
Involve high school students in granting wishes to children faced with life-threatening illnesses

Amount granted: $2,100 
Make-A-Wish Michigan is part of a national movement to grant life-changing wishes to children stricken with life-threatening illnesses. Its Kids For Wish Kids program seeks to involve high school students in granting wishes for those children. Students manage all aspects of Kids For Wish Kids, from brainstorming ideas, to developing action plans and coordinating activities such as dances, talent shows, tournaments and bake sales from start to finish. Together the students raise all funding necessary to grant the wish of a local child, while learning skills in leadership and philanthropy. This grant will help cover material costs to launch Kids For Wish Kids at Petoskey and Harbor Springs High Schools.

Manna Food Project
Increase fresh fruit and vegetable offerings at our local food bank
Amount granted: $7,800
In the past year, Manna Food Project has undertaken an initiative to increase the number and variety of fresh, local fruits and vegetables available to pantry clients. Through its “Produce for People” initiative, Manna has succeeded in getting clients to choose more fruits and vegetables, and clients are learning about the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. Cooking classes and materials in the pantry are teaching clients healthy eating habits, storage, and preparation skills. Because of the increase in the amount of fresh produce it procures and the timeline for distribution to its local pantries, Manna has outgrown its refrigeration space. This grant will assist Manna in purchasing an additional refrigeration unit or expand one of its current coolers, as well as purchasing fresh produce from local growers at wholesale prices this growing season.

Nehemiah Project
Improve living conditions for area homeless

Amount granted: $4,600
The Nehemiah Project provides shelter, skills development, support and hope for individuals in need. Each year, the Leadership Little Traverse (LLT) class selects a charitable project or organization to assist. This year, the class chose the Nehemiah Project to assist with important upgrades needed at the shelter. The class has taken on the responsibility of raising funds and hiring qualified contractors to complete four major projects: the men’s upstairs bathroom; kitchen improvements; installation of air conditioning at the Women’s House; and repairing the blacktop driveway and parking area at the Grace House. This grant will support the renovation of the men’s upstairs bathroom. The bathroom is currently in very poor condition, including black mold on the walls due to poor ventilation and a reoccurring leak due to improper flooring.

North Country Community Mental Health
PhotoVoice: Battle the stigma surrounding mental illness

Amount granted: $5,650
North Country Community Mental Health provides behavioral health services to persons with severe mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, and intellectual or developmental disabilities, as well as those with co-occurring substance use disorders. Ignorance about mental illness, prejudicial attitudes, and discriminatory behaviors experienced by persons with psychiatric disabilities present a major barrier to recovery and community inclusion. The PhotoVoice project has been used around the world to empower individuals with mental illness and developmental disabilities by giving voice to their journey through photographs and narrative. The curriculum will teach North Country Community Mental Health clients how to use a camera and their words to capture their ideas about their mental illness, their recovery journey, and the prejudice and discrimination they face. This grant will support the purchase of photography equipment and supplies to enable the projects to be produced and displayed around the community.

Northern Homes Community Development Corporation
Provide financial empowerment and homebuyer education workshops for residents

Amount granted: $6,000
Northern Homes Community Development Corporation was founded in 1998 to create and preserve affordable housing opportunities in Northern Michigan. Among other activities, it offers financial empowerment and homebuyer education workshops to individuals and families in Emmet County. The financial empowerment workshop focuses on budgeting, credit and loans, debt reduction, investing, retirement planning and financial goals. The homebuyer education workshop explores the pros and cons of home ownership, as well as how to obtain a mortgage and shop for a home. The goal in offering both is to improve residents’ financial savvy and ability to become homeowners. This grant will help cover workshop costs.

Northwest Michigan Habitat for Humanity
Purchase a truck that helps Habitat for Humanity build homes

Amount granted: $12,000
Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope in Emmet and Charlevoix counties. Through its ReStore, Habitat for Humanity generates more than 40 percent of its annual income. Yet the success of the ReStore is dependent on Habitat for Humanity receiving quality donations of high value materials.The current ReStore truck has had frequent visits to the repair shop, costing Habitat for Humanity more than $10,000 in repairs in the past two years. Habitat for Humanity also estimates it has lost more than $16,000 in revenue when they’ve been unable to retrieve high value donations or schedule pickups in a timely manner. Clients have also complained about the truck leaking oil in their driveways. Finally, the safety of its employees is important to Habitat, and recently the backup mirrors rusted off the sides of the vehicle, the steering column is out of alignment and exterior lights, wipers and cabin heat are frequently on the fritz. This grant will assist Habitat for Humanity in purchasing a safe, professional and operating ReStore truck to ensure it can pick up materials in a timely manner and maintain relationships with donors.

The Salvation Army
Reach youth with a positive message to prevent bullying and suicide

Amount granted: $4,000
The Salvation Army aims to positively impact the lives of middle- and high-schoolers across Emmet County. A performance by The Illusionist, Tom Coverly, will draw youth in through his illusions, and then Coverly will deliver his powerful message of anti-bullying, suicide prevention, self-esteem and respect for others. School counselors will be present during the assemblies to ensure students have access to trained professionals should they need to talk with someone. Additional evening performances will engage family members and the community in order to open the door of communication and providing a supportive environment for youth. This grant will allow The Salvation Army to provide eight school assemblies in Harbor Springs and Petoskey middle and high schools.

RECREATION

Challenge Mountain of Walloon Hills
Grow Challenge Mountain’s capacity for the future

Amount granted: $7,000
Challenge Mountain aims to enrich lives and empower individuals living with disabilities through year-round adaptive recreation. Challenge Mountain has been fortunate to have the resale store as a sustainable source of operational funding since 1986. And, since hiring a professional executive director in 2013, individual, corporate, business and private foundation giving to Challenge Mountain has grown significantly. However, with a significant capital campaign on the horizon to re-develop its lodge and ski hill, the board and leadership have established fund development as an organizational priority. This grant will allow Challenge Mountain to engage professional counsel to assist the organization in creating a culture of philanthropy, building stronger relationships, helping board members feel comfortable with fund development, and recruiting and training new board members.

Charlevoix Area Community Pool
Enhance experience for patrons of area Community Pool
Amount granted: $10,000
The Charlevoix Area Community Pool provides a wide range of aquatic programs to promote health, fitness, recreation and water safety. While located in Charlevoix, 27% of patrons last year identified as Petoskey residents; 45% of patrons for youth programs come from Petoskey, and the Community Pool partners each year with the Petoskey Public Schools to provide lessons and water safety instruction to students. Built 20 years ago, the pool has required repair and is in need of updates. An ongoing capital campaign has completed the first two phases of the pool renewal project with the final phase to begin this year. This grant will help the Charlevoix Area Community Pool complete the final phase of its project with the addition of new accessible locker rooms, reconfiguration of the existing locker rooms to accommodate a new multi-purpose room, improved workspace for staff, and two new accessible family locker rooms.