2013-11-28 / News

Foundation awards grants

MANISTIQUE – The Schoolcraft County Community Foundation recently awarded seven mini-grants worth a total of $1,999.93 to local organizations.

Grants were awarded for a variety of projects benefiting youth and families. Funding for five of the grants came from the foundation’s Kellogg Youth Fund. Funding for one project came from the foundation’s Unrestricted Fund, while the last grant was made from the Arts and Culture Fund.

From the Kellogg Fund, the community foundation board approved: $500 to the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team to help pay for educational and narcotics awareness training; $302.89 to purchase “Reading Workshop” books for the Emerald Elementary fourth grade class; $250 to purchase 11 rods, reels and equipment for the Emerald Elementary “Salmon in the Classroom” project; $100 to the U.S. Forest Service to help purchase give-away items for the 23rd annual Kids’ Fishing Day at Camp 7 Lake in June; and $250 to the Manistique High School and Middle School Glee Club to help pay for tickets and transportation for students to see a musical at Northern Michigan University or Bay de Noc Community College.

From the Unrestricted Fund, the community foundation board approved $412.20 to the Lake Effect Community Art Center to help pay for printing, advertising, mailings and other expenses for the Oct. 13 community concert.

From the Arts and Culture Fund, the board members also approved a $184.84 grant to the Manistique High School art class for students to design a new logo for the Community Foundation. Cash prizes of $75, $50 and $25 will be awarded to the winning entries. Final judging will be done by the Community Foundation board.

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 $116,000 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 email sccf@up.net.

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