The Iosco County Community Foundation (ICCF) recently awarded six new grants totaling $12,043 to area nonprofits for programs and projects that benefit Iosco County through its Community Improvement Grant program.
New grants approved on May 26 by the ICCF Board of Directors include:
- $4,709 to Hope Shores Alliance to support roof replacement costs of their Oscoda Outreach Office and Transitional Supportive Housing Duplex;
- $2,084 to Harbor Lights Pregnancy and Information Center for the “BrightCourse Educational Program”, which includes life skills courses like budgeting, banking and other financial literacy topics;
- $2,000 to Ascension St. Joseph Foundation for a health education program for mothers of newborns to teach about safe sleep practices, breastfeeding and infant safety;
- $1,500 to Tri-County Agency Foundation for “Shifting Green”, a program to encourage and support a culture of sustainability and plastic/styrofoam reduction with local restaurants;
- $1,000 to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program to provide toys for Iosco County children;
- $750 to Eastern National Forest Interpretive Association to provide park benches for Lumberman’s Monument.
Community Improvement grants for 2021 were awarded from the Iosco County Community Improvement Fund, William and Marcia Hopcroft Fund, Iosco County Health Care Initiative Fund, Iosco County Spendable Tobacco Settlement Fund, Iosco County Lakes and Rivers Fund, and Iosco County Health Care Funds.
The next deadline for grant opportunities through ICCF is with the Youth Advisory Council grant. Applications are due February 1, 2021. The Iosco County YAC is particularly interested in funding projects and programs that address stress and mental health issues for their fellow youth and families. Nonprofits, schools, churches (for non-religious purposes) and government agencies interested in applying for a Youth Advisory Council grant can access the application form and criteria at www.iccf-online.org. Those with questions or needing assistance with the application process can contact the ICCF office at 877-354-6881.
The Iosco County Community Foundation is a charitable organization that serves as a catalyst and resource to inspire private giving for the betterment of Iosco County. Led by a volunteer board of local citizens, the foundation oversees a group of permanent endowment funds from a wide range of donors. Gifts of all sizes from individuals, families and businesses are invested in a balanced, well-managed portfolio to build endowments, enabling support for local community nonprofits now and forever. To donate or learn more about how community foundations work, visit www.iccf-online.org.