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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

A new quilt for the Alcona Quilt Trail Project will go up soon at Cedar Brook Trout Farm in Harrisville. A CFNEM grant provided funds for supplies for this newest addition to the trail, which brings to Alcona a large number of tourists who follow the increasingly popular quilt trails across the state and nation. The group recently held a "painting party" to get the newest square ready for installation. More →

Monday, June 17, 2019

“Today was the best day ever. I can’t remember having this much fun at school.” Real words from Oscoda Area Schools students. A grant from our Iosco County Community Foundation affiliate provided funds for a fun day as a reward for doing well on MSTEP and NWEA tests. Organizers say the most important outcome of this project was that it really seemed to provide the incentive the children needed to put in a tremendous effort. Kudos to the teacher in the dunk tank! More →

Friday, June 14, 2019

This matters...a lot. According to Feeding America, 1 in 6 children in Michigan struggles with hunger. More →

Thursday, June 13, 2019

These YACers from Alpena had a great time hosting a recent "bowl-a-thon", raising some funds to add to their Kellogg Youth Fund. Any donations into the Kellogg Youth Funds at the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan, or for any of its affiliate foundations, helps our Youth Advisory Council (YAC) members give away more and more in grants to youth programs every year! #hereforGOOD More →

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Congratulations to Thunder Bay Theatre on their new lobby! look so dapper. 💙🧡 More →

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Our Iosco County Community Foundation (ICCF) affiliate recently awarded over $14,000 through a new round of Community Improvement grants. And several of these grants reflect an effort to address issues at their root causes. Some of these include: - $4,940 to Pegasus Springs Therapeutic Riding Center to kick start Project Pegasus, a therapeutic riding program for children and adults with cognitive, physical and emotional disabilities - $2,530 to FISH Inc. Oscoda for the Bridges Out of Poverty community training program - $1,000 to Develop Iosco for the Iosco Think Tank - $2,000 to Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association for the Northern Michigan Alzheimer’s and Dementia Education Initiative Check out the full list of 2019 grants at More →

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

A $5,000 Community Impact grant from CFNEM provided the funds necessary to purchase 12 new life rings, rope and protective cases for the Rogers City marina. These and other safety equipment are vital supplies for any marina, and the City struggled with how it could afford to replace the rings before securing this grant. With boating season here, that's good news! More →

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Grant deadline announcement! Applications for the 2019 round of Northeast Michigan Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) grants are due July 1st! Nonprofits serving Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency and Presque Isle Counties, and which have projects and programs addressing issues important to women, are invited to apply for up to $2,500 in funding. Applications are available at under the “grants” tab. You can also contact Julie Wiesen at our office for more information. More →

Monday, June 3, 2019

Check out these fun pics of Hillman High School students working in their school orchard! A $1,000 Youth Advisory Council (YAC) grant provided funding to help complete this garden space, which was started in 2016 as an organic orchard. The project provides students with ongoing education on sustaining and maintaining fruit trees, harvesting and preserving produce, and has provided nutritious food for school breakfasts, lunches and fundraisers. More →

Saturday, June 1, 2019

For our friends in Crawford, Ogemaw and Oscoda Counties: GRANT DEADLINE COMING UP! The 2019 North Central Michigan Community Foundation (NCMCF) Community Impact grant applications are due June 30. Nonprofit organizations, churches, schools, hospitals and government agencies are welcome to apply for up to $2,500 in funding for charitable projects serving our NCMCF affiliate service area. Applications can be found online at More →

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

“Girls on the Run taught me how to be a good friend.” Such an important lesson to come from the 2018-19 Girls on the Run Sunrise Side program! A $3,000 CFNEM Community Impact grant supported this program, which boasts 120 girls participating, 1,500 volunteer hours, and priceless life lessons. More →

Friday, May 24, 2019

BIG “congratulations” to our graduating Youth Advisory Council (YAC) Members from across all of northeast Michigan! These 36 YACers from the Mackinac Bridge to Whittemore have helped make a difference in the lives of their peers through youth grantmaking. Thank you to all of them for their work, and we wish you luck! More →

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

We want to give a big welcome to the three newest members of our Straits Area Community Foundation (SACF) Board of Directors! Our affiliate foundation is glad to have you supporting the work in Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City. Thank you Alexandra Hubbard, Polly Schneider and Lindsey Gardner! More →

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

There are still a few spots left for this valuable training tomorrow in Gaylord! More →

Monday, May 20, 2019

It's back! More →

Monday, May 13, 2019

For our friends just south of the Mighty Mac – our Straits Area Community Foundation affiliate is accepting grant applications for its 2019 Straits Area Health Care grant. These grants are used for health care access and health programs in Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City. Nonprofits serving residents of those communities are eligible to apply for up to $2,000. Applications are available at and are due on June 1. More →

Friday, May 10, 2019

Alpena County is fortunate to have an organization like the Alpena Area Senior Citizens Council. They do so much! A recent $1,000 grant provided support for the “Enriching Pathways” early stage Alzheimer’s group. The group provides support, activities, resources and a relaxing safe have for those suffering for the early stages of the disease. More →

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

For our friends in Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City, take a peek at the Straits Area Community Foundation’s 2018 Annual Report. See a full list of donors, grants, and grantee snapshots. And a HUGE thank you to the sponsors of this report: Audie's Restaurant, Citizens National Bank, Chastain & Chastain Development, Darrow Borthers Excavating, Darrow's Family Restaurant, Mackinaw City Area Arts Council, Calcite Credit Union, The Pizza Palace, Stafford's Hospitality, Berkshire Hathaway and Awakon Federal Credit Union More →

Sunday, May 5, 2019

For our friends in Crawford, Ogemaw and Oscoda Counties…check out the recently released North Central Michigan Community Foundation 2018 Annual Report! And a big shout out and "thank you" to Weinlander Fitzhugh, Kirtland Community College and Griffin Beverage for sponsoring this report! More →

Friday, May 3, 2019

CFNEM made the official announcement yesterday that we have signed on as the Northeast Michigan Nonprofit Census Hub. Making sure that every northeastern Michigander is counted is vital to our communities. You can get more information on CFNEM's role in the 2020 Census at under "Resources". More →

Friday, May 3, 2019

Crawford County, and all of northern Michigan, lost a much-loved man when former Crawford County Sheriff Kirk Wakefield passed away last month. His legacy will live on in many ways, including through a new fund established at our affiliate foundation, the North Central Michigan Community Foundation. The Sheriff Kirk Alan Wakefield Memorial Scholarship Fund will support Crawford County residents who will attend Kirtland Community College to pursue a career in law enforcement through KCC's Criminal Justice and Kirtland Regional Police Academy programs. The fund was established with $5,000, and the donor will match an additional $5,000 in gifts to the fund from others. The first scholarship will be awarded in 2020. Those interested in donating can give online at More →

Thursday, May 2, 2019

How fun does “Liquid Sunshine” sound?! A $2,000 NE MI Women’s Giving Circle grant supported a day-long STEM workshop, called Tech Savvy, for 6th – 9th grade girls in northeast Michigan. Hands-on workshops like “Creative Coding”, “Liquid Sunshine” and “Marshmallow Fling” encourage girls to pursue STEM-related education and careers. Women are greatly underrepresented in these fields. This grant was awarded to the American Association of University Women – Gaylord. More →

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Across nine counties in NE MI, our views are always spectacular. #CFNEMtravels More →

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Check out CFNEM’s recently released 2018 Annual Report and see how northeast Michigan had a real heart for “home” during the year! More →

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@CFNEM • Apr 9

Spring is in the air (kind of)! To showcase a grant, and remind us that the flowers will bloom again, check out the…

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@CFNEM • Apr 8

When the Iosco Regional Educational Service Agency (IRESA) set a goal to get 100 children in Alcona and Iosco Count…

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@CFNEM • Apr 6

Getting our young girls involved and excited about STEM and robotics…how cool! A Northeast Michigan Women’s Giving…

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@CFNEM • Mar 26

Thank you so much to BAC and all that came out to support the WGC!

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@CFNEM • Mar 21

Sweat for a Cause is TOMORROW, March 22, and will support the Northeast Michigan Women's Giving Circle!

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@CFNEM • Mar 15

What a fun way to get the whole family involved in early childhood literacy! CFNEM is proud to support this great p…

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@CFNEM • Mar 12

Support CFNEM's Northeast Michigan Women's Giving Circle on March 22 at Bay Athletic Club's "Sweat for a Cause" at…

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@CFNEM • Mar 11

Reminder! Board Basics is on March 20 in West Branch! Register by Friday!

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@CFNEM • Mar 8

Check out these young, rising hockey stars! A grant to Cheboygan Hockey Association provided funding for new safety…

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@CFNEM • Mar 6

Great things happen when people come together for the sake of others! A grant to Grant Lake Community Chapel, and s…

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@CFNEM • Mar 1

Today is the final day to submit scholarship applications!

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@CFNEM • Feb 21

Congratulations to our North Central Michigan Community Foundation (NCMCF) affiliate on winning the 2019 Visionary…

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@CFNEM • Feb 21

These sweet kids from Hillman Community Schools are so happy to have new instruments so they could take band classe…

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@CFNEM • Feb 6

One of our newest funds is the first at the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan to support an international…

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@CFNEM • Feb 6

The perfect picture for such an icy day in northeast Michigan. Stay safe friends!

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@CFNEM • Feb 4

CFNEM Program Director Julie Wiesen gave a great presentation to the Alpena Rotary Club today, telling all about CF…

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@CFNEM • Jan 31

This looks like fun! Love INC of Oscoda County received a grant from our North Central Michigan Community Foundatio…

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@CFNEM • Jan 24

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@CFNEM • Jan 9

We can't "love" this enough times"!

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@CFNEM • Jan 8

Our Iosco County Community Foundation affiliate is looking for its next Philanthropist of the Year! Who do you know…