2013-06-13 / Community

Community foundation distributes mini-grants

MANISTIQUE – The Schoolcraft County Community Foundation recently awarded a total of $2,529 as mini-grants to local organizations.

Grants were awarded for a variety of projects benefiting youth and families. Funding for five projects was drawn from the foundation’s Kellogg Youth Fund. Funding for the other two came from the foundation’s unrestricted fund and medical care facility fund.

From the Kellogg Fund, the community foundation board approved:

• $204.42 to Emerald Elementary School’s third-grade class to purchase chapter books for a reader’s workshop;

• $303 to Emerald Elementary’s fourth grade to help purchase two stop watches for the track team, as well as a Hanna Nitrate Photometer and fishing poles for the salmon in the classroom program;

• $487.50 to the Emerald Elementary Track and Field team for T-shirts;

• $100 to the U.S. Forest Service to purchase items for the “goodie bags” given to participants in the 22nd annual Kids’ Fishing Day on June 8;

• $500 to purchase a surface mount pedestal grill for Lindsley Frenette Park.

From the unrestricted fund, the community foundation board approved $493.12 to the Lake Effect Community Art Center to purchase music and a CD for the newly formed community choir.

From the medical care facility fund, the board members approved a $441 grant to the Schoolcraft County Medical Care Facility to help purchase a “Stand-N-Weight” lift.

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 Sept. 30 of each year.

Over the past decade, the foundation has given more than $114,000 to local organizations.

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