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 44 new grants totaling $99,915.
$71,885 awarded in new Community Impact grants are:
- Alcona Public Schools – awarded $3,500 toward the Elementary Backpack project;
- Alcona Public Schools – awarded $3,500 toward the Middle High School Pantry;
- Alcona County Commission on Aging – awarded $1,500 toward the Engaging People in Creativity (E.P.I.C.) project;
- Alcona County Commission on Aging – awarded $3,000 toward their Transportation Alcona Initiative;
- Northeast Michigan Community Partnership CANPAC – awarded $2,000 toward the Alcona Safe Kids project;
- St. Paul Lutheran Church of Hubbard Lake – awarded $4,000 toward the Hubbard Lake Child Day Care Center project;
- Hope Network – awarded $2,000 toward the Michigan Education Corps K-3 Reading Corps in Alpena & Alcona Schools;
- Art in the Loft – awarded $1,954 toward the ArtPOP! at Home program;
- St. Ignatius School – awarded $2,400 toward the Using Accelerated Reader (AR) to Keep Kids Reading project;
- Presque Isle County Historical Museum – awarded $2,719 toward the Bradley House Historical Storage project;
- Rogers City Downtown Development Authority – awarded $2,500 for the "Hearing is Believing" project;
- Presque Isle Fire Department – awarded $5,000 for the purchase of extrication equipment;
- City of Rogers City – awarded $3,500 toward the Rogers City Police Department Technology Upgrade;
- Brush Creek Mill – awarded $1,312 for the Portable Defibrillators (AED) & Training project;
- Brush Creek Mill – awarded $1,500 to purchase a Multifunctional High Speed Copier;
- New Beginnings Ministries – awarded $2,500 toward the HARP Food Bank project;
- Boys and Girls Club of Alpena – awarded $3,000 toward the SMART Moves project;
- City of Alpena (Fire Dept.) – awarded $3,000 toward the Making Alpena Safer! project;
- District Health Dept. #4 – awarded $5,000 for The Caring Place Adult Day Center;
- Northeast Michigan Community Partnership – awarded $1,000 toward the Transitioning to Online Services project;
- ACC Association of Lifelong Learners – awarded $1,000 toward the Reducing the Digital Divide for Senior Citizens project;
- City of Alpena Police Department – awarded $1,000 toward the Radar Speed Sign project;
- County of Alpena (Emergency Management Division) – awarded $5,000 toward the Sandbagging Machine project;
- Hope Shores Alliance – awarded $2,000 toward the Volunteer Training & Appreciation project;
- Northeast Michigan TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) – awarded $1,000 toward Operation Feral Cat;
- Thunder Bay Arts Council – awarded $5,000 toward The River Intwined Sculpture project;
- VFW Post 2496 - Alpena – awarded $2,000 toward the Boiler Replacement 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 Community 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, Alcona County Health Care Initiative Fund, United Communities of Presque Isle Fund, Lewiston Industrial Development Fund, Presque Isle General Fund, Huron Shores Health Fund and the Spendable Tobacco Fund.
The Community Foundation also approved $28,030 through the 13th 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.
2020 WGC grants include:
- Alcona County Commission on Aging—awarded $2,500 for the Transportation Alcona project;
- All Saints Catholic Parish—awarded $2,500 for the Time to Help, Period project;
- Art in the Loft—awarded $1,000 for the REACH Program;
- Boys and Girls Club of Alpena—awarded $2,500 for the SMART Girls program;
- Compassion Pregnancy Center of NE MI (Options Pregnancy)—awarded $500 toward the Community Maternity Closet project;
- County of Alpena—awarded $1,000 toward the Sandbagging Machine;
- District Health Dept. #4—awarded $2,000 toward the Breastfeeding Classes Initiative;
- First United Methodist Church of Alpena—awarded $1,000 toward the Hearts to Home project;
- Hubbard Lake Baptist/Bible Church Sunrise Community Food Pantry—awarded $2,500 toward the Feeding the Hungry project;
- NE MI Community Partnership/Partners in Prevention—awarded $1,000 toward the Alcona Safe Kids program;
- NE MI Community Partnership/Partners in Prevention—awarded $1,020 toward the Transitioning to Online Services project;
- New Beginnings Ministries – HARP Food Bank—awarded $2,500 toward the Feeding Those in Time of Need project;
- The Purple Martin—awarded $750 toward the Mom and Kids Yoga program;
- St. Paul Lutheran Church of Hubbard Lake—awarded $2,500 toward the Hubbard Lake Child Daycare Center project;
- Shelter, Inc. – Hope Shores Alliance—awarded $1,500 toward the Hopeful Connections project;
- Target Alpena Development Corp.—awarded $1,760 toward the Leadercast Women Event;
- Thunder Bay Arts Council, Inc.—awarded $1,500 toward the Randy Baker’s Naturalist Endeavors Programs for Jr. High Students.
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, 2020. Grant requests for CFNEM’s Urgent Needs Fund remain open as well to support nonprofits working to help northeast Michiganders during the coronavirus pandemic.
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.