Grants Awarded

Spring 2022 Grants Awarded

A new regional behavioral health center will meet a critical community need for mental health services. Expanded youth pantries at seven area schools will provide food to over 1,000 students. The culturally significant and still vulnerable Migizi (bald eagle) population will be bolstered by a new aviary and rehabilitation center.

The Community Foundation is awarding nearly $286,000 in grants as part of our Spring 2022 cycle. Grants are being awarded to 32 organizations serving the people of Emmet County. These grant awards will provide funding for a variety of services, programming, and capital improvements for nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and municipalities serving Emmet County.

“We are humbled by our role as a community grantmaker,” said Jenni Attie, chair of the foundation’s Grant Distribution Committee. “Our community is made stronger in so many ways by the work of these organizations.”

As part of the overall awards, the foundation’s Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) recommended $70,387 in grants from the Fund for Youth, after conducting interviews with 14 applicants. The YAC is comprised of 20 area teens, eighth grade through seniors.

Will Goelz, a member of the YAC and a voting member of the board, noted that the YAC had a larger-than-usual cycle this spring with 14 grant applications. While the group had to make tough funding decisions, Goelz noted that it served as a good experience for newer YAC members who joined the committee this school year.

Support for the grant cycle came from a variety of funds held at the Community Foundation including field of interest funds addressing specific areas such as senior citizens, health, housing, and natural resources. Support also came from donor advised funds, which are created by individuals and families to carry out their charitable giving.

Attie added that the foundation’s ability to fund nearly all of the grant requests was made possible thanks to donor advised funds, which contributed 20 percent of the total dollars granted.

Arts & Culture

Improve wayfinding signage to draw more visitors into the arts center
Amount granted: $15,000
Crooked Tree Arts Center's (CTAC) mission is to inspire and enrich lives through the arts. Serving the community for 50 years, CTAC offers rotating exhibits, performances, lectures, classes, workshops, summer art camps, film screenings, and festivals. CTAC seeks funding to support the evaluation, design, and installation of exterior and interior wayfinding signage for its historic building located at the intersection of Mitchell and Division Streets in downtown Petoskey.  A literal cornerstone in the community, the CTAC building is unique in that the main entrance is on Division Street, yet the business address is 461 E. Mitchell Street. A grant to this project will help cover signage and lighting costs to inform people of current CTAC offerings and better-direct them to the main entrance.

Present a concert of the renowned Vienna Boys Choir
Amount granted: $10,000
The Great Lakes Center for the Arts (GLCFA) aims to provide world-class performing arts in northern Michigan throughout the year. In March 2019 the world-renowned Vienna Boys Choir performed to an enthusiastic audience at the GLCFA. The warm reception they received made it clear this would be a group to invite back for a future engagement. Now that COVID is abating and world tours with major artists such as these are again available, the Center is thrilled to have booked the Vienna Boys Choir for a return visit this October 2022.  A grant to this project will help keep ticket prices more affordable and provide free tickets to area youth to attend the Vienna Boys Choir performance.

Provide educational and enriching history events to the community
Amount granted: $5,848
The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society’s (HSAHS) mission is to bring history to life. As a Historical Society, it is their responsibility to provide educational and enriching events to the community, and they feel strongly that it is important to keep these programs affordable while also expanding the services provided. In 2022, HSAHS expects to present the Harbor History Talk lecture series, Shay Days, a visit from the historic schooner "Utopia" during the Blessing of the Fleet, and a new special exhibit at the Harbor Springs History Museum. Currently, all these programs are complimentary with the exception of the history talks, which require a small fee. A grant to this project supports increased marketing and publicity for each event, new exhibit materials, cover fees associated with guest lecturers and commission the historic schooner “Utopia” to visit Harbor Springs for interactive educational tours.

Purchase Festival author books for students and classrooms
Amount granted: $4,500
The Harbor Springs Festival of the Book inspires readers of all ages and celebrates the culture of books. As a Festival, they collaborate with schools to send authors of books for children and youth into schools the Friday of the event weekend. What makes the program unique in our area, and valuable in promoting a love of books in our young people, is that they provide a direct connection to the author/illustrator with an in-person appearance and then provide the book for students and schools to keep. The gift of a book grows home libraries, an essential predictor of literacy in children, but the connection with the book creator makes the book come alive in a unique way that inspires young people to become readers. A grant to this project will allow the Festival to purchase books for students at schools receiving an author visit. If they are unable to provide a book to all students at a school, they will purchase classroom sets.

Preserve documents that detail the history of our area
Amount granted: $5,030
The Little Traverse Historical Society (LTHS) enriches our community by preserving, showcasing, and sharing the history of the Little Traverse Bay area. Unfortunately though, a large volume of its oversized materials (like maps, architectural drawings, manuscripts and posters) are currently stored using substandard methods. They are rolled or stacked on top of existing flat files that are filled to capacity. Given that, LTHS seeks funding to purchase crucial supplies and furniture to ensure the proper care and preservation of these materials. A grant to this project will help LTHS cover costs to preserve approximately 10 cubic feet of materials (roughly 400-700 items).

Replace the bleachers at a popular festival celebrating rural life
Amount granted: $6,000
Northern Michigan Antique-Flywheelers (NMAF) began as a small antique tractor show in the 1980’s, and has blossomed into an annual event that showcases traditional rural life. Thousands gather to enjoy antique tractor and car displays, arts and crafts, music, flea markets, food vendors, farm equipment demonstrations and more. In addition to the annual event, NMAF hosts school groups for field trips. Over time a key amenity, NMAF’s bleachers were visitors sit, has steadily worn down. A grant to this project will help NMAF replace its current, worn bleachers with new ones.

Expand the Evolving Technology exhibit with a series of outdoor panels
Amount granted: $1,000
For nearly 30 years, Raven Hill Discovery Center has fostered connections between science, history and art through its museum exhibits and classroom programming. Raven Hill now seeks to create an outdoor addition to its Evolving Technology Building. A series of sixteen outdoor panels adjacent to the building will illustrate the advances in shelter, clothing, energy, transportation & road construction from the Stone Age to the Information Age. This addition will also incorporate several small interactive play structures for younger visitors, which will relate to the technology displayed on corresponding panels, such as a horse (e.g. spring horses found on playgrounds), boat, wagon, train engine and plane. These play structures will keep the children actively involved and allow the rest of the group to concentrate on the informational panels. A grant to this project will help cover costs of this new addition.

Community and Economic Development

Add an attractive gazebo to the Hillside Gardens
Amount granted: $8,348
The mission of Alanson Beautification Center (ABC) is to enhance the natural beauty of the Village of Alanson through gardening and land preservation. ABC volunteers maintain the popular Hillside Gardens that residents and visitors alike have grown to enjoy. ABC would now like to add a gazebo to the Hillside Gardens, which the public could use for picnics, group activities and viewing the garden. Space around the gazebo would have additional plants and flowers around it. ABC also envisions accent lighting as well as a brick pathway. A grant to this project will help cover gazebo costs.

Help small businesses in economically challenged areas access flexible financing
Amount granted: $9,500
Venture North is a non-profit, U.S. Department of Treasury certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). It specializes in making flexible loans to small businesses that are located in economically distressed areas and/or are owned by individuals from under-represented populations. While Venture North is headquartered in Traverse City, it aims to serve businesses across the broader ten-county region of northwest lower Michigan (including Emmet County). Within this region, areas fitting CDFI criteria are widespread and readily delineated. Because of the relative prosperity enjoyed in Emmet County, Venture North wants to more precisely target its resources to pockets of businesses in economic distress and/or owned by under-represented populations. A grant to this project will allow Venture North to complete a market analysis for Emmet County, finding the businesses that are most likely to qualify for its CDFI financing.

Renovate bathrooms and improve accessibility at Civic Park
Amount granted: $13,000
The Village of Alanson, Littlefield Township, and the Littlefield-Alanson Management Authority own the community hall building in the Village of Alanson. The community hall is open to the public and hosts the Alanson-Littlefield Library. Immediately adjacent to the community building, Civic Park is a public greenspace featuring basketball and tennis courts, a public covered space, and age appropriate play areas. Since 2016, the Village and Littlefield Township have invested significant resources to upgrade facilities at the park. A grant to this project will help the Village of Alanson install a new water fountain/water bottle filling station near the park, install bike repair facilities, and renovate the park bathroom facilities, which are at an advanced stage of disrepair.


Offer fun and educational STEM activities for children
Amount granted: $8,487
Char-Em Intermediate School District (ISD) provides leadership and services to local school districts. It is launching a new mobile program called Street STEM, which will bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) directly to the schools and provide students with STEM-focused opportunities to develop, learn, and explore new STEM related skills. This includes the basics of coding, robotics, direction following, problem solving, circuits, measuring, and much more. The program also allows for teachers to learn alongside their students and explore new ways to incorporate hands-on, interactive STEM learning experiences in their classrooms to accomplish a learning target and tackle the curriculum. A grant to this project will help Char-Em ISD purchase state of the art STEM equipment for the Street STEM mobile trailer and media center that will serve the K-8 students in our local school districts. Equipment purchased will include technologies such as educational Legos, Dash/Dot Robots, Drones, Spheros, Laser Engraver/Cutter, 3D Design and 3D Printing.

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. Many families in our region are forced to choose between providing their child a much-needed preschool experience or meeting their basic needs of living. Two government programs offer free preschool for children based on financial need, but they reach capacity quickly and leave dozens of children wait-listed for a preschool spot. The Great Start Readiness Scholarship Fund allows these children to attend an available tuition-based program. A grant to this project will provide scholarships to Emmet County children of highest need to attend high quality, tuition-based preschools in our area.

Improve safety for student athletes
Amount granted: $6,000
Harbor Springs Public Schools currently has the status of a MI Heart Health community. This designation has empowered staff to ensure that if a sudden cardiac event occurs, the proper equipment and training are available at all times. While automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are available in the school buildings, the district recognized there was a gap when the high school sports teams travel, so they desire to create a traveling first aid kit that will go with teams while on the road to away events. The AED will provide assistance in the event of a cardiac event either on the bus (where cell service may be limited) or at an away venue that may not have readily available equipment.  The funding will also ensure the safety of any community fan base as this equipment will be effective for pediatric through adult patients. A grant to this project will all Harbor Springs Public Schools to purchase three portable AEDs, and provide training for operating the equipment.

Revive and expand the Pellston music program
Amount granted: $15,000
Pellston Public Schools is reviving the band program and also expanding to a K-12 music program. The school aims to provide the community with a comprehensive music program including a pep band and eventually a marching band. A community-wide survey has shown a great desire for music offerings in Pellston Public Schools. By creating a comprehensive music program in the elementary school that enables students to have meaningful musical experiences at a young age, students will be more likely to join band in middle/high school and stay in the program through the duration of their middle/high school years. A grant to this project will allow Pellston Public Schools to purchase supplemental instruments to enhance the musical offerings for students and provide a comprehensive K-12 music program.

Support early literacy in low-income households
Amount granted: $10,000
PoWeR! Book Bags (PBB) is an acronym for Play, Write and Read because children develop language and literacy abilities through reading and playing and writing. PBB partners with the Health Department of Northwest Michigan to provide literary resources to families through the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program and the Maternal Infant Health Program. Children enrolled in WIC make regular visits to WIC sites where they receive at least 6 new, high quality age appropriate books, a book bag and literacy materials. Children enrolled in MIHP choose one book per month, a book bag and language building materials. Research shows owning even a handful of books positively impacts language abilities and educational outcomes. Owning books and literacy materials also enhances and supports a child’s social-emotional development, particularly self-esteem and self-worth. A grant to this project will support the purchase of books and literacy materials to reach over 500 children in collaboration with the Health Department of Northwest Michigan in Emmet County.

Support STEM and leadership programs for youth
Amount granted: $2,500
As a Total Force partner and auxiliary of the Air Force, Civil Air Patrol is there to search for and find the lost, provide comfort in times of disaster and work to keep the homeland safe. Civil Air Patrol's Tip of the Mitt Composite Squadron provides youth leadership and aerospace programs in northern Michigan. A grant to this project will allow for a hands-on, youth-focused community open house at the Harbor Springs Airport. During the open house members of the community will be invited to learn about aviation, and all youth participants will be provided a take home rocketry kit that will be built at home then brought to a rocket launch day later in the summer. In addition to the open house and rocket launch, funding will be used for STEM field trips, leadership and uniform supplies, aerospace educational memberships for local teachers and STEM hands-on projects.


Turn the Robinson Road river crossing into an attractive and eco-friendly timber bridge
Amount granted: $10,000
Conservation Resource Alliance’s (CRA) goal is to completely restore and revitalize all the northwest Michigan watersheds. It has been working in Emmet County for over 20 years, and has converted many crumbling road crossings into attractive, ecologically-friendly timber bridges. Crumbling road crossings limit the natural, healthy passage of fish and other aquatic animals. Severe erosion concerns put the river and streambanks at substantial risk for every day that passes without a proper solution. Currently CRA is working on solutions for the final two problematic road crossings in Emmet County: Douglas Lake Road and Robinson Road, both over the East Branch of the Maple River. Currently, the crossings consist of undersized culverts that function more like dams due to debris blockage and are velocity barriers to aquatic species. The new design for the crossings will be full-channel-spanning timber bridges, which will restore the natural flow. A grant to this project will help cover construction of the timber bridge on Robinson Road.

Construct state of the art eagle aviary & rehabilitation center
Amount granted: $15,000
The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB) Natural Resource Department (NRD) is committed to and experienced in protecting the Migizi (bald eagle) population. This is a culturally significant species to LTBB. Currently, the tribe has limited resources to provide the necessary level of species management and rehabilitation. Even as this species population grows, it remains vulnerable. The purpose of this project is to provide enhanced Migizi management consistent with the LTBB Migizi (Bald Eagle) Management Plan through the development of an Migizi Aviary & Rehabilitation Facility. The facility will be operated by professionally trained staff that will be able to care for, heal and release injured eagles and other raptors while also providing a source for wildlife rehabilitation, educational opportunities and outreach to LTBB and the local community. A grant to this project will support the creation and construction of a Tribal Migizi Aviary & Rehabilitation Facility.

Help maintain LTC’s recreation trails
Amount granted: $2,724
Little Traverse Conservancy (LTC) owns and manages over 22,000 acres of land and nearly 80 miles of trail open to the public for non-motorized recreation.  In Emmet County alone LTC has built 46 miles of trail. Seasonally LTC staff and volunteers are tasked with maintaining these trails to benefit public use. The maintenance of these trails is critical to the LTC mission of providing access, fostering appreciation through education and understanding of our environment. LTC seeks to purchase a brush mower that can be used to build new trail, maintain existing trail, and mow areas for invasive species control. They also seek a drone to increase their ability to promote and protect property under LTC management. LTC staff will use the drone to document and promote new property acquisitions, create maps, and identify changes on conservation easements. A grant to this project will support the purchase of a brush mower and drone.


Provide virtual care and companionship for hospice patients
Amount granted: $10,000
Throughout the pandemic, Hospice of Michigan continued to provide in-person hospice admissions, emergency visits and death visits. Yet amidst the most limited restrictions, telehealth options quickly became an acceptable and requested mode of care and connection to reduce the risk of virus exposure. Internet and video-enabled tablets, called NorthStar LINC, made it possible for clinicians to continue to safely care for their patients through virtual visits, while also providing a tool to bring families together who had been separated due to physical distancing. Hospice of Michigan quickly realized that these tablets offered so much more than just video visits. The ability for quick and easy 24/7 avenues of communication between families and their hospice provider not only provides patients with an extra sense of security but also has the potential to reduce hospital re-admissions and emergency department visits. A grant to this project will help Hospice of Michigan provide NorthStar LINC tablets to Emmet County hospice patients.

Build a regional behavioral health center
Amount granted: $15,000
McLaren Northern Michigan aims to address the shortage in mental health services in our community through the construction of the Justin A. Borra Behavioral Health Center. The Center will be implemented in two phases and include inpatient units and a wide range of programs and therapies to meet the recovery needs of behavioral health patients. The first phase will consist of a 16-bed adult inpatient psychiatric unit and partial day hospitalization program that will offer a healing environment for individuals experiencing mental health related disorders. The vacant hospital rooms of the Cheboygan Campus will be renovated into a safe, healing environment and welcome patients in late 2022. Phase 2 of the project includes a 10,000 sq ft new construction that will house an EmPATH de-escalation unit; therapy programs including family therapy/education, recreational therapy, anger management, and conflict resolution; and provide room for additional inpatient units. A grant to this project will support the expansion of behavioral health services in northern Michigan.

Human Services

Explore the expansion of Safe Haven child exchange program
Amount granted: $7,500
Child and Family Services’ (CFS) Safe Haven Supervised Visit and Safe Child Exchange Program removes children from the middle of their parents’ conflict and encourages healthy relationships with both parents. Research shows that witnessing severe family conflict can be permanently damaging. Exchanges and communications through Safe Haven protect children from this trauma. It also is a safe place for court-ordered supervised visits and reunification of children and parents, including children in foster care. CFS would like to build on the great success of Safe Haven Traverse City. Currently that program is the only child exchange program north of Bay City. A grant to this project will allow CFS to hire a consultant to explore the feasbility of expanding this service to Emmet County households through its Harbor Springs office.

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. A grant to this project will help Christ Child Society purchase backpack supplies for Emmet County children.

Offer nutritious food in area food pantries
Amount granted: $15,000
Manna Food Project helps feed the hungry in Northern Michigan. It operates a food rescue program, food distribution center (i.e. food bank), weekly food pantry and its ‘Food 4 Kids’ backpack program. Manna partners with dozens of food pantries, community meal sites and human service agencies to provide supplemental and emergency food to families in Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet Counties. In feeding the hungry, Manna has made it a priority to continually improve the quality and nutritional value of the food it provides. By moving away from processed foods high in sodium, fat and sugar, Manna gives the most vulnerable in our community a healthy start. A grant to this project will help Manna purchase locally produced meat, fruit and vegetables for distribution to low-income individuals and families.

Stock the shelves at Northmen Den’s seven youth pantries
Amount granted: $12,000
Northmen Den Youth Services (NDYS) nourish our neediest students by providing food, tutoring and mentoring in a manner that respects dignity and individuality, while sustaining dreams. Growing up in poverty is among the most damaging factors affecting healthy child development. Young children in poverty are at higher risk of experiencing difficulties later in life, including poor physical and mental health, teen parenthood, becoming school dropouts and lacking quality employment opportunities. The youth pantries program began in 2016 as a ministry of Emmanuel Episcopal Church with one food pantry at Petoskey Middle School, called the Northmen Den. In the past six months, the organization established itself as a 501c3, and has grown to serve seven schools, each with its own pantry. A grant to this project will help NDYS to feed more than 1,000 students that are eligible for free and reduced lunch through its seven pantries.

Provide shelter and comfort for families with sick children
Amount granted: $2,500
The Ronald McDonald House provides a "home away from home" for families traveling to Grand Rapids for critical medical and mental health treatment for their children. Families receive comfortable living accommodations at no cost, along with other supportive services such as shuttle service to and from medical treatment facilities, grocery store and pharmacies; personal care items; wireless Internet; children's toys; free admission to various local attractions and more. A grant to this project will help cover housing costs for Emmet County families that stay at the Ronald McDonald House.

Make safety upgrades to retaining walls at the Porter Street headquarters
Amount granted: $15,000
The Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan (WRCNM) has provided critical programs and services for women, children, and families in Emmet County since 1977. Agency facilities require regular maintenance and upgrades to remain safe and accessible to community members. WRCNM currently seeks to improve safety and accessibility for program participants and staff that utilize the WRCNM facility on Porter Street in Petoskey, which includes the Children's Learning Center (CLC) and WRCNM Preschool, counseling services, and administrative offices. The retaining walls that separate the CLC/Preschool outdoor play area from parking lots are severely weathered and in need of repair. Replacement walls constructed of concrete blocks rather than the current timbers will ensure long-lasting protection for children playing outdoors, staff utilizing the parking lots, program participants receiving services, and donors delivering items for Safe Home and other WRCNM programs. A grant to this project will help cover retaining wall costs.


Create vision and plan to ensure long-term sustainability
Amount granted: $15,000
Challenge Mountain (CM) enriches lives and empowers individuals thorugh year-round adaptive recreation, art and cultural activities. Since 2014, CM staff and board members have dedicated time and energy to establishing and implementing strategies that have financially strengthened the organization from an administrative and operational standpoint with the end goal of conducting a capital campaign to make much needed improvements at the ski hill and lodge. The first step to a successful campaign was a feasibility study in late 2021. The purpose of the study was to assess the fund development potential for a campaign to support improving the CM winter sports experience. The study also evaluated the organization’s internal readiness to plan, execute and conclude a successful campaign. Individuals who participated in the study were clear in their sentiment that CM has significant work to do in communicating who they are, what they do and why it matters. As a result, CM is proposing to engage in a robust, community-engaged and future-focused strategic planning and fund development process over the next 12-18 months. A grant to this project will help CM hire a consultant to lead its strategic planning and fund development process.

Resurface community pool to ensure safe aquatic experience
Amount granted: $9,200
The Charlevoix Area Community Pool opened 25 years ago to provide a wide range of aquatic programs promoting health, fitness, recreation and water safety. As a community resource, the pool serves about 4,700 individuals annually, from toddlers to seniors. Approximately 22% of its patrons are Emmet County residents. Maintaining the pool is always an ongoing challenge. The pool surface has become pitted and there are minor cracks in the steps and along the pool edges. The surface has discolored greatly where the surfacing material is peeling off. Typically, pool resurfacing is needed every 8-10 years but they have put off this large expense due to lost revenue from COVID-related fallout including closing the pool for several months and restricted capacity to meet health and safety guidelines. A grant to this project will help resurface the community pool.

Upgrade the Skate Park to an eye-catching concrete skating structure
Amount granted: $15,000
The Harbor Springs Skate Park is a beloved amenity located on the edge of city limits. Children and teens gather there to skate and also to enjoy other activities like holiday parties, movie nights and more. The Skate Park’s wooden ramps are 20-plus years old though, with weathered, uneven boards and screws frequently needing replacement. In the past year, an opportunity has emerged to upgrade the Skate Park and honor a lost life. A 40-year-old Harbor Springs resident named Ted Swarthout tragically passed away while waiting for an organ transplant. Prior to his death, Ted had been in conversation with his close friend Catherine Coulon, owner of a skate park design company called Evergreen Skateparks. Ted had envisioned the City of Harbor Springs working with Evergreen to replace the current wood ramps with a beautiful concrete bowl structure. Following his death, Catherine and Ted’s family approached the City about Ted’s vision. A partnership was formed, with Evergreen Skateparks agreeing to design and install a concrete structure at cost to honor Ted. A grant to this project will help cover installation.

Provide golf and life-skills instruction to adjudicated youth
Amount granted: $5,000
First Tee of Northern Michigan’s mission is to teach core values and life skills to young people through the game of golf. Each year, First Tee partners with Lakeview Academy, a local organization that works to provide court-managed teens in Emmet County with the skills they need to be successful students and members of the community after they serve their probationary period. Students at Lakeview Academy are offered a selection of non-academic activities throughout the year and are required to participate in one offering. Students who choose the First Tee program are taught the fundamentals of golf, but also nine core values identified as the building blocks of strong character. The program helps them build self-confidence and offers a new way to have fun without drugs, alcohol or trouble. A grant to this project will allow First Tee to continue its partnership with Lakeview Academy

Provide scholarships for sailing instruction to Emmet County youth
Amount granted: $2,500
The mission of Little Travers Sailors (LTS) is to build lifelong sailors by providing a safe and fun learning environment. LTS has a 75-year history in Harbor Springs, yet it predominantly serves families who are summer residents of the area. LTS aims to expand the participation by families who reside in Emmet County year round. Simply put, LTS hopes to expand access to sailing and related nautical skills by significantly expanding scholarship opportunities for interested families. LTS sees many benefits to making sailing more accessible to year-round families: students gain on-the-water confidence; seasonal and full-time students will have more opportunities to develop relationships with each other; marine businesses in Harbor Springs will have potential future employees with real on-the-water experience and understanding of all things nautical. A grant to this effort will help LTS fund up to 15 individual weekly scholarships for Emmet County residents to attend sailing school this summer.  

COVID-19 Relief Grants Awarded through October 21, 2021: Total $426,685.97

Bay Bluffs Emmet County Medical Facility

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Blissfest Music Organization

Brave Hearts Estate

Camp Daggett

Char-Em United Way

Charlevoix Area Community Pool

Christ Child Society of N MI

City of Harbor Springs

City of Petoskey/Downtown Management Board

City of Petoskey/Dept. of Parks and Recreation

Crooked Tree Arts Center

CrossHatch Center for Arts & Ecology

Dental Clinics North – Harbor Springs/Petoskey location

First Presbyterian Church of Petoskey/PICG

Great Lakes Center for the Arts

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra

Harbor Hall


Harbor Springs Downtown Development Authority

Health Department of Northwest Michigan

Kiersten’s Ride

Little Traverse Bay Humane Society

Little Traverse Choral Society

Little Traverse Civic Theatre

Little Traverse Historical Society

Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch

Manna Food Project

McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation

North Central Michigan College Foundation

Northern Community Mediation

Northern Family Intervention Services

Northern Homes CDC

Northern Michigan Equine Therapy

Northwest Michigan Coalition to End Homelessness

Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency

Northwest Michigan Habitat for Humanity

Pellston Public Schools Food Service

Petoskey Children’s Nature Preschool

Petoskey Public Schools

Petoskey Youth Soccer Association

Planned Parenthood of Michigan

Presbyterian Villages of MI

Raven Hill Discovery Center

Salvation Army 

Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council

Top of Michigan Trails Council

TrueNorth Community Services

Venture North Funding & Development

Village of Pellston

Women’s Resource Center

YMCA of Northern Michigan