Alpena, Mich. - The first round of grants from the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan’s new Urgent Needs Fund puts $25,000 directly into the hands of local nonprofits to help area residents with basic needs. A second round of grants is expected in the next two weeks.
First round grants include:
In addition to the amounts above, Cheboygan County Habitat for Humanity and Church of the Straits received an additional $1,450 each from the Straits Area Youth Advisory Council’s Kellogg Youth Fund to supplement grant funding in their communities.
Urgent Needs Fund grant applications remain open for nonprofits in northeast Michigan. Grants are currently being used for support of basic needs for residents affected by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.
CFNEM Executive Director Patrick Heraghty says that current funding is limited to the original $80,000 with which the fund was started, and some additional donations that have been received, but the needs will continue to grow. Additional donations would help the Foundation put more money directly into the hands of nonprofits who are on the human services frontline of this pandemic.
“Just seeing the first round of grant applications, we can see that the need is significant in our communities for basic needs support,” said CFNEM Executive Director Patrick Heraghty. “We hope those in a position to donate right now will consider a gift to this fund, or to a nonprofit organization directly that is serving in this capacity.”
Those wanting to donate or apply for funding should visit cfnem.org.
The Urgent Needs Fund was established by CFNEM in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic consequences for residents of northeast Michigan. The fund covers the entire CFNEM service area of Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency and Presque Isle Counties; as well as the communities in its three affiliate foundations: Iosco County Community Foundation, North Central Michigan Community Foundation (Crawford, Ogemaw and Oscoda Counties), and Straits Area Community Foundation (Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City).