2014-06-05 / Community

SCCF awards mini-grants

MANISTIQUE – The Schoolcraft County Community Foundation recently awarded 10 mini-grants totaling $3,883 to local organizations.

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

From the Kellogg Fund, the community foundation board, acting on recommendations from its Youth Advisory Council, approved:

• $340 to the Manistique Area Schools Band program to help purchase equipment and/or repair existing equipment;

• $270 to help purchase equipment for Little League, Inc. of Schoolcraft County;

• $258 to the Emerald Elementary Science Court to help purchase equipment and materials;

• $770 to the Manistique Robotics Team 4835 to help purchase equipment to build robots and compete in FIRST Robotics;

• $400 to Special Olympics to help pay the registration fees for six Schoolcraft County individuals to participate in the State Special Olympics Winter and Summer Games;

• and $330 to Emerald Elementary to help pay students’ transportation costs to the Environmental Education Lab.

From the Unrestricted Fund, the board approved:

• $365 to the Gulliver Historical Society to establish a display and speaker program entitled “Murder at Seul Choix,” concerning the Pond murder;

• and $250 to the Environmental Education Lab to help repair fencing to improve safety and prevent vandalism.

From the Medical Care Facility Fund, the board members also approved a $450 grant to the Schoolcraft County Medical Care Facility to help purchase new lawn furniture for the pavilion.

From the Manistique Senior Center Fund, the board approved a $450 grant to help fund printing of 100 copies of “Just Yesterday” Volume 8.

In addition to 15 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.

Applicants are asked to use the SCCF application form, located on the organization’s Facebook page or picked up at the Pioneer Tribune.

Over the past decade, the foundation has given more than $118,000 to local organizations.

For more information or to apply for a mini-grant, write to P.O. Box 452, Manistique, MI 49854 or email at sccommunityfoundation@gmail.com.

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