2012-05-17 / Community

Foundation hands out 5 mini-grants

Total of $1,700 given to local organizations

MANISTIQUE – The Schoolcraft County Community Foundation awarded five minigrants – totaling $1,700 – to local organizations on May 7.

Grants were awarded for a variety of projects benefiting youth and families. Funding for two grants came from the foundation’s Kellogg Youth Fund. Funding for another two projects came from the foundation’s Unrestricted Fund. One grant was made from both the Unrestricted Fund and the Medical Care Facility Fund.

From the Kellogg Fund, the community foundation board approved:

- $450 to bring Nature’s Kennels mushers Ed and Tasha Steilstra to Emerald Elementary School for a presentation on sled dog racing

- $300 to the U.S. Forest Service to purchase either lunch boxes or bandanas printed with the “Take Me Outside” message for the 21st annual Kids’ Fishing Day on June 9.

From the Unrestricted Fund, the community foundation board approved:

- $250 to GFWC Manistique Woman’s Club to help with construction of the Memorial Fountain.

- $200 to Fayette State Park to help purchase decorations for the annual Fall Fest.

The board members also approved a $500 grant to the Schoolcraft County Medical Care Facility to purchase a bright light box to help seniors overcome symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, a condition brought on by limited sunlight during short, cloudy winter days. Of that amount, half came from the foundation’s Unrestricted Fund and half from the Medical Care Facility Fund.

In addition to 16 designated, or “donor advised”, funds, the community foundation may provide mini-grants from an unrestricted fund. The community foundation awards grants twice a year, in May and November. Deadlines for applications are March 31 and September 30 of each year.

Over the past decade, the foundation has given more than $104,000 to local organizations.

For more information on contributing to the Schoolcraft County Community Foundation or applying for a mini-grant, write to the foundation at P.O. Box 452, Manistique, MI 49854 or e-mail at sccf@up.net.

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