Spring 2024 Grants Awarded

Over $420,000 in grants awarded to 57 local organizations

Emmet County residents will receive nourishing food. Preschool-aged students will gain access to more quality, shaded outdoor play spaces. Projects ranging from solar energy installation and wetland restoration to exploring Michigan history through art will help improve the quality of life for people in Emmet County.


The Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation is awarding $421,796 in grants as part of its Spring 2024 grant cycle. A total of 57 organizations including nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and municipalities that serve the people of Emmet County will receive grant awards for a variety of services, programming, and capital improvements.


“The Community Foundation is continually inspired by the diversity and depth of our partners’ initiatives,” said Jenni Attie, chair of the Foundation’s Grant Distribution Committee. “Their ongoing efforts not only makes our work possible but also strengthens the fabric of our community.”


As part of the overall awards, the foundation’s Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) recommended $79,547 in grants from the Fund for Youth to 22 organizations after conducting in-person interviews. The YAC is comprised of 21 area teens in grades 8-12.


In addition to the Fund for the Community and the Fund for Youth, 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 youth needs, youth recreation, and science initiatives. Support also came from donor advised funds, which are created by individuals and families to carry out their charitable giving.


Maple River Wetland RestorationThank you to the following donor advised and field of interest funds for their generous support this grant cycle:

  • Anonymous Fundd
  • Birchwood Outreach Fund
  • Boeckman Family Fund
  • Circuit Control Charitable Fund
  • Clarke Family Fund
  • Fresh Baby Building Healthy Communities Fund
  • Jack Michael Duff Memorial Fund
  • Chip and Jean Frentz Family Fund
  • Ted and Brenda Frey Donor Advised Fund
  • Barbara and Jerome Hoganson Family Fund
  • Ledyard Family Charitable Fund
  • Maude and Gorton Milliken Fund
  • Thomas D. Ogden Family Fund
  • Mary Elliott Rapin Fund
  • Walstrom Marine Charitable Fund
  • Dorothy Scott Fund for Senior Citizens
  • Healthy Community Fund
  • Jeff Kring Outdoor Youth Education Fund
  • Matt Mathias Fund for Conservation
  • Northern Michigan Housing Fund
  • Robert Horner Fund for Natural Resource Conservation
  • Science for the Future Fund
  • Shoreline Fund
  • United Way Health and Human Services Fund.

Organization Name Grant Purpose Grant Amount
Alanson Church of the Nazarene Replace food pantry vehicle $12,000
Bay Bluffs - Emmet County Medical Care Facility Provide outdoor recreation opportunities for elders $7,600
Bay View Association Bring American Spirituals concerts to N. MI audiences $3,500
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan Connect youth to mentorship program $10,500
Big Water Creative Arts, Inc. Introduce music classes for cognitively impaired students $3,200
C.S. Lewis Festival Explore the life and work of C.S. Lewis at the 2024 Festival $5,000
CAKE CISMA Transport field crews with the purchase of a reliable vehicle $8,421
Camp Daggett Cultivate curiosity through place-based STEAM experiences $6,460
Challenge Mountain Expand biking programs for students with special needs $5,000
Char-Em ISD Support the social and emotional well-being of English language learners $1,405
Charlevoix Area Community Pool Improve safety and efficiency with self-mixing chemical system $2,500
Child and Family Services of NW MI Create safe visitation and custodial exchanges for families $7,150
Christ Child Society of Northern Michigan Help families with newborns access essential items $5,000
City of Harbor Springs Implement can and bottle recycling in city parks $4,500
Community Recovery Alliance Create inviting community space for the recovery community $10,000
Conservation Resource Alliance Restore critical Maple River wetlands $10,500
County of Emmet Improve disc golf tee pads at Camp Petosega $5,750
Crooked Tree Arts Center Explore the history, identity and placehood of MI through art $10,000
Emmet County Recycling Expand Emmet County event recycling services $8,765
Exceptional Riders Program Inc. Solidify the future for a transformative therapeutic program $3,500
Good Hart Artist Residency Build community by showcasing local artists along an Art Trail $2,500
Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra Produce a community collaborative concert $10,000
Great Start Collaborative/Char-Em ISD Enable quality preschool experiences for all children $9,300
Harbor Springs Area Historical Society Restore an historic Shay locomotive $8,500
Harbor Springs Festival of the Book Purchase equipment to streamline the annual Festival $7,943
Harbor Springs Little League Repair baseball and softball fields for Opening Day plan $5,600
Harbor Springs Public Schools - Elementary School Unleash cardboard creations with invenTABLEs $1,400
Harbor Springs Public Schools - High School Develop the future leaders of Michigan $5,400
Kiersten's Ride Reduce stigma and improve crisis interventions for suicide prevention $15,000
Little Traverse Choral Society Experience the joy of caroling through holiday concerts $4,000
Little Traverse Conservancy Expand Black Hole Nature Preserve $7,500
Little Traverse Sailors Provide scholarships for sailing instruction to Emmet County youth $5,875
Manna Food Project Provide high-quality nutrition for a major local food pantry $15,000
McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation Expand nurse intern program for local nursing students $10,000
Miigwech, Inc. Build awareness and resources for dyslexia $1,500
Nehemiah Project Repair roof at Mary Margaret House for women and children $16,000
North Emmet Little League Improve the safety of players and security of equipment $10,552
Northern Community Mediation Modernize outdated computer equipment $3,280
Northern Family Intervention Services, Inc. Support the wellness of youth experiencing severe emotional disturbances $5,000
Northern Homes Community Development Corp. Create a strategic plan to create and preserve affordable housing in N. MI $1,500
Northern Lakes Economic Alliance Build a resilient economy and diverse opportunities in N. MI $6,000
Northmen Den Youth Pantries Inc. Provide students access to skills-building out-of-school programs $4,500
Northwest Michigan Habitat for Humanity Support critical infrastructure for affordable homes in Meadowlands Subdivision $15,000
Pellston Public Schools Rebuild the Lady Hornets basketball program $12,725
Petoskey Children's Nature Preschool Enhance outdoor and indoor learning for preschoolers $1,250
Petoskey District Library Enhance community film series experience with updated equipment $15,000
Petoskey Montessori Children's House Expand outdoor and environmental education for young learners $4,100
Petoskey Youth Soccer Association Improve club operations with new management software $4,235
Public Schools of Petoskey Install solar array at Petoskey High School $15,000
Raven Hill Discovery Center Build on a strong foundation through thoughtful planning $6,000
Recovery NOTES Invest in a safe storage trailer for instruments and audio equipment $3,790
Resort Bear Creek Fire Department Equip first responders to save lives $15,000
Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan Provide a place to stay for families facing medical treatment far from home $6,500
Saint Vincent de Paul - St. Kateri Tekakwitha Conf. Provide housing and transportation support for people in need $8,000
Village of Alanson Promote pride and ownership with streetscape improvements in Alanson $7,500
Walloon Lake Association and Conservancy Purchase preserve maintenance and organizational vehicle $5,600
Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan Strengthen Child Advocacy Center resources to advance justice $14,995