Community Foundation announces over $186,000 in grants – The Morning Sun
At its annual breakfast, the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation announced $186,814.15 in competitive grants to impactful organizations in Isabella County.
Central Michigan Artistic Reach received $1,600 from the Community Impact Fund, the Russ Herron Poetry Fund and the Weisenburger Family Fund for the Day with the Arts program, which will provide elementary school children with the opportunity to experience a wide variety of artistic mediums.
Central Michigan University Research Society received $3,000 from the Bovee Family Fund, the Community Impact Fund, and the Dr. Leonard E. and Louise A. Plachta Unrestricted Fund to purchase and install keyboard technology, which will enable more accessible workspaces.
Christian Council of Central Michigan received $43,500 from the Community Impact Fund, Isabella County COVID-19 Community Response Fund, Fabiano Family Fund, Isabella Bank Manager Memorial Fund, and WE Martin Fund to replace the current roof of the organization by a unified and complete roof covering.
Isabella County Christmas Awareness received $2,000 from the Women’s Initiative Fund to purchase and distribute winter hats, mittens, scarves and gloves for women and girls in Isabella County.
City of Mt. Pleasant – Fire Department received $53,664.15 from the Community Impact Fund, Harkins Community Fund, Isabella County Health Improvement Fund, Jane McNamara and Louise Williams Fund, and WE Martin Fund to purchase three LUCAS devices (automated CPR machines), which will ensure that all community members and clients receive high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests.
Clothing Inc. received $7,000 from the Community Impact Fund, the G. Charles and Janice L. Hubscher Fund, the Kay Smith Family Fund and the Kellogg Youth Fund to purchase winter gear, such as boots, coats, hats and gloves for people in need in Isabella County.
Community Compassion Network received $2,500 from the Women’s Initiative Fund to purchase diapers, wipes, formula and pantry care products.
Isabella County Culture and Recreation Commission received $2,000 from the Community Impact Fund, Denison Unrestricted Fund, and Ruth S. and Gerard R. Felter and Florence F. Battenfeld Family Fund to purchase new skates, skating aids, and helmets for the program Learn to Skate and for public skating events held at the Martin Ice Arena.
HopeWell Ranch received $2,000 from the Barbara A. Bissot Fund, the Community Impact Fund, and the Ronald H. and Donna M. Cooper Family Fund to replace old, unusable riding gear for the equestrian programs of the organization. Funding will be used to purchase new saddles, bridles, peacock stirrups and saddle pads.
Humane Animal Care Society received $6,350 from the Harkins Community Fund to purchase and provide free microchips to community pet owners to aid in the return of lost pets to Isabella County.
Isabella Community Soup Kitchen received $5,000 from the John and Sue Bradac Family Emergency Fund and the Olson Family Fund to purchase a new commercial dishwasher.
Isabella County Child Advocacy Center received $13,000 from the Kellogg Youth Fund, WE Martin Fund and Women’s Initiative Fund to update iRecord software, which is used during forensic interviews of child abuse victims.
Isabella County Restoration House received $1,500 from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund for Isabella County to provide breakfast and medical supplies for guests during the rotating season. They also received $3,000 from the Healthy Youth Healthy Seniors Fund to provide daily transportation for ICRH guests to and from host sites and scheduled appointments and $1,200 from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund. 19 for Isabella County to provide mental health and general staff training. first aid, which will better identify the problems and needs of clients using emergency accommodation services.
North Central Michigan Junior Achievement received $2,000 from the Community Impact Fund, Fisher Companies Community Impact Fund, and Kellogg Youth Fund to deliver 50 teacher-requested Junior Achievement programs to 1,250 Isabella County students at no cost to schools and students during the school year 2022-2023.
Michigan Arts Access received $5,000 from the Harkins Community Fund to provide creative arts learning experiences for children, youth and adults with disabilities living in Isabella County.
Ronald McDonald House of West Michigan received $5,000 from the Community Impact Fund, Hersee Family Fund and Kellogg’s Youth Fund for the Family Support Program, which provides accommodations, transportation, food and other amenities to families during the medical or mental health journey of their children, all at no cost to the family.
The care store received $10,000 from the Women’s Initiative Fund for the Period Poverty Project, which will provide sustainable menstrual products to women in Isabella County. The Care Store also received $3,500 from the Women’s Initiative Fund to purchase and distribute quality textured hair products to any customers who request them.
United Way of Gratiot and Isabella Counties – Little Houses of Mount Pleasant received $1,500 from the Community Impact Fund, the Barbara L. and George W. Dunn Family Fund, and the Ranck Family Fund for training on how to successfully create a small village of houses for transitional housing.
William and Janet Strickler Nonprofit Center received $4,000 from the Barbara A. Bissot Fund, the Community Impact Fund, and the Hersee Family Fund to repair, add, and improve lighting in the organization’s building. They also received $8,500 from the Bandit Industries Community Fund, the Community Impact Fund and the Jane McNamara and Louise Williams Fund to replace a 2,600 square foot section of the parking lot, which will improve parking lot safety for staff and customers. .
For more information on grant eligibility or ways to support the endowment funds that make these grants possible, visit mpacf.org.