ALPENA—The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan (CFNEM) recently awarded a new round of Community Impact grants and Northeast Michigan Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) grants covering a four-county area that includes Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency and Presque Isle Counties. The Board of Trustees recently approved 59 new grants totaling $127,250.
$94,906 awarded in new Community Impact grants are:
- Alcona Baby Pantry – awarded $2,000 toward the Safety in High Chairs and Strollers project.
- County of Alcona – awarded $5,000 toward the 23rd District Court and 81st District Drug and Sobriety Court Aftercare Support project.
- Inspiration Alcona – awarded $4,000 toward the 2020 Alcona Small Farm Conference project.
- Inspiration Alcona – awarded $1,000 toward the Harrisville Pocket Park project.
- Alcona Historical Society – awarded $1,500 towards the Cabin Fever Historical Presentations project.
- Hubbard Lake Bible Church – awarded $1,000 toward the Sunrise Community Food Pantry – Feeding the Hungry project.
- Northeast Michigan Community Partnership – awarded $2,332 toward the Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma Course.
- Sanborn Township – awarded $3,500 towards the Sanborn Township Volunteer Fire Department Jaws of Life project.
- Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative – awarded $3,000 toward the Youth Empowered to Change Their World project.
- Northeast Michigan Council of Governments – awarded $3,000 toward the New Alpena Material Recovery Facility (MRF) Assessment project.
- All Saints Catholic Schools – awarded $3,028 for the Salmon in the Classroom/Sturgeon in the Classroom project.
- Alpena & Presque Isle Child Abuse and Neglect Team – awarded $4,110 for the Child, Health, and Safety Parent Education.
- Muscular Dystrophy Association – awarded $1,000 for the 2020 MDA Summer Camp Program.
- Presque Isle Township Fire Department – awarded $3,836 for the Ice Rescue Fund project.
- Rogers City Area Schools – awarded $1,000 for the Sensory Room project.
- Cheboygan, Otsego, Presque Isle Educational Service District – awarded $2,000 for the Talking is Teaching project.
- Posen Consolidated School District – awarded $1,000 for the ELA Textbooks for High Schools Students project.
- Rogers City Area Schools District – awarded $4,000 for the Weight Room project.
- Department of Health and Human Services (Alpena/Montmorency) – awarded $2,000 for the Foster Home/Relative Caregiver Safety Kit Project.
- The Village of Hillman – awarded $2,500 for the Emerick Park Spring Riders project.
- Hillman Area Senior Center – awarded $4,700 for the Furnace Replacement project.
- Great Lakes Lore Inc. – awarded $2,000 for the Protective Side Curtains for the Steam Launch.
- St. Peter Lutheran Church – awarded $1,000 for the Carpet Replacement project.
- Alpena Community College – Alpena Volunteer Center – awarded $1,000 for the Alpena Volunteer Center Website 2020 Program.
- Alpena Public Schools – awarded $3,400 for the Alpena High Freshman Connection Program.
- Alpena Public Schools – awarded $2,500 for the One District One Book Program.
- Alpena Public Schools – awarded $2,500 for the Special Education Daily Living Class "Campus Grounds" Transition Skills, Student-Run, Coffee Bar Program.
- Alpena Youth Center dba Alpena Childcare & Development Center – awarded $4,000 for the Infant Playground project.
- Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan – awarded $3,500 for the Full Dome Digital Documentary of WWII: Besser Museum/ACC Collaboration Program.
- District Health Department #4 – awarded $3,500 for the Girls on the Run Sunrise Side project.
- First Congregational United Church of Christ – awarded $1,000 for the Alpena Re-Charter of Scouts BSA Troop 78/Cub Scout Pack 3078 project.
- Friends of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary – awarded $2,500 for the 20th Anniversary TBNMS Lecture & Cinema Series project.
- Multi-Purpose Arena Coalition dba Northern Lights Arena – awarded $3,000 for the Operation Brain Bucket Program.
- Northern Michigan Center for Fine Arts (Art in the Loft) – awarded $2,000 for the R.E.A.C.H. (Recognize Everyone's Abilities and Creative Hearts) project.
- Northeast Michigan TNR (Trap, Neuter, and Return) – awarded $2,000 for the TNR Alpena, Montmorency, Presque Isle, and Alcona project.
- Sunrise Mission Inc. – awarded $3,000 for the Education Center project.
- Thunder Bay Folk Society – awarded $2,500 for the Thunder Bay Folk Festival project.
Community Impact grants are awarded at CFNEM through two different grant cycles throughout the year. For granting purposes, the Community Endowment Fund consists of the General Endowment Fund, Genite Family Fund, Chuck and Kathy Ingle Fund, Lappan Fund, Neva Nelson Memorial Fund, Panel Processing Fund, Pfeiffenberger Fund, Reitz Family Fund, Stevens Fund, Weinkauf Fund, and the Wilson Family Fund. Additional funds supporting grants for this cycle include the Ann M. Kuntz Fund, Mr. and Mrs. O.B. Eustis Memorial Fund, Montmorency County General Fund, Wayne Wire Cloth Fund, Alcona General Fund, Presque Isle General Fund, Huron Shores Health Fund and the Spendable Tobacco Fund.
The Community Foundation also approved $32,344 through the 12th annual round of Northeast Michigan Women’s Giving Circle grants. These grants are reviewed and recommended annually by a committee of ten WGC members who serve two-year terms. WGC grants are awarded for issues important to the women of northeast Michigan from the WGC Endowment Fund.
2019 WGC grants include:
- Alpena County Library - awarded $425 for the program: Into No Man’s Land – An Evening with Holocaust Survivor Irene Miller.
- First United Methodist Church Alpena – awarded $1,000 for the Hearts to Home project.
- Alpena Gymnastics, Inc. – awarded $500 for the Aerial Silk project.
- Cheboygan, Otsego, Presque Isle Educational Service District – awarded $1,200 for the Presque Isle Project Connect.
- Thunder Bay Arts Council – awarded $1,200 for the Michigan Children’s Book Author Carol Trembath project.
- Bay View Center – awarded $900 for the Undergarment Request project.
- All Saints Catholic Parish – awarded $2,500 for the Time to Help, Period project.
- Alpena Area Senior Citizens Council, Inc. – awarded $700 to purchase books for the Widow’s Club project.
- Alpena Public Schools – awarded $2,000 for Alpena Girls Softball Field Improvements.
- Alpena Tennis Association – awarded $1,250 toward Building Youth Tennis in Alpena.
- Art in the Loft (NE MI Center for Fine Arts) – awarded $1,500 for the R.E.A.C.H. Program.
- Boys & Girls Club of Alpena – awarded $2,419 for the SMART Girls Program.
- District Health Dept #4 – awarded $2,500 for the Girls on the Run Program.
- Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary – awarded $1,250 for the 2020 Lecture Series.
- Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative – awarded $2,500 for the Women in STEM in Northeast Michigan Program.
- Hubbard Lake Baptist/Bible Church – awarded $1,500 for the Sunrise Community Food Pantry – Feeding the Hungry project.
- Inspiration Alcona, Inc. – awarded $1,000 for the 3rd Annual Farm to Fork, Alcona Small Farm Conference.
- Rogers City Area Schools – awarded $2,000 for the Elementary School Library project.
- Sanborn Township – awarded $2,500 for the Jaws of Life Purchase.
- Shelter, Inc. dba Hope Shores Alliance – awarded $2,500 for the Sustaining Safe Housing for Transition project.
- Taking Pride in Alpena, dba South Bay – awarded $500 for the 45th Parallel – Pettalia Memorial Park and Partridge Point Parks Signage.
- Target Alpena Development Corporation – awarded $500 for the Leadercast Women Program.
The next opportunity for submitting grant applications is through the Northeast Michigan Youth Advisory Council for youth programs in Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency and/or Presque Isle County. Applications are available at cfnem.org and are due by October 15, 2019.
The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan is a charitable organization committed to providing people who care about the future of our area with unique and effective ways of supporting their community now, and for generations to come. Led by a volunteer board of local citizens, the foundation oversees a group of permanently endowed funds from a wide range of donors. Gifts of all sizes from individuals, families, businesses and agencies are invested in a balanced, well-managed portfolio to build endowments, enabling support for students and local community nonprofits now and forever.