The North Central Michigan Community Foundation (NCMCF) recently awarded 13 new grants totaling $27,555 to local nonprofits for programs and projects benefiting residents of Crawford, Ogemaw and Oscoda Counties. The NCMCF Board of Trustees approved the 2019 Community Impact Grants on August 20.
- $5,000 to Crawford Roscommon Child Protection Council for their “Safe Journey Substance Abuse Prevention” initiative for residents of the entire NCMCF service area;
- $3,300 to Ana’s Treasures to support the foster programs in Ogemaw and Oscoda Counties;
- $2,402 to the COOR-ISD to purchase books and supplies for its Preschool Social-Emotional Literacy Library through Crawford, Ogemaw and Oscoda Counties;
- $2,500 to Ogemaw Kids Club for their Ninja Warrior Junior program;
- $2,500 to Ogemaw Hills Community of Caring to support the Ogemaw Hills Free Clinic;
- $2,500 to St. Joseph Catholic Church to purchase food for the Kids Coalition Against Hunger food packaging project;
- $2,500 to West Branch First United Methodist Church to support the Summer 2020 GAP Kids Camp;
- $2,000 to the City of West Branch to support their “Music in the Park” program;
- $1,250 to District Health Department No. 2 for the “Harm Reduction Syringe Services Program”;
- $1,100 to the Grayling Cooperative Preschool for the Imagination Library of Crawford County, which will provide free books each month to children ages 0-5 who participate;
- $1,000 to Michigan Works for support services aimed at helping individuals obtain and retain employment;
- $1,000 to the Human Trafficking Community Group for the “A21 Walk for Freedom”; and
- $500 to D&R Acres Hobby and Rescue Farm to improve access to the facility.
NCMCF Community Impact Grants come from the Crawford County Community Needs Endowment Fund, Ogemaw County Community Needs Endowment Fund, Oscoda County Community Needs Endowment Fund and Monnie Orr Memorial Fund. Funding for some health-related grants also comes from the Crawford, Ogemaw and Oscoda Tobacco Settlement Funds, as well as the Ogemaw County Health Care Initiative Fund and Oscoda County Health Care Initiative Fund.
The North Central Michigan Community Foundation is a charitable organization that serves as a catalyst and resource to inspire private giving for the betterment of Crawford, Ogemaw and Oscoda Counties. 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 make a donation or learn more about how community foundations work, visit www.ncmcf.org.