CHEBOYGAN—The Straits Area Community Foundation (SACF) recently awarded its 2023 Community Impact Grants covering Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City. The Board of Trustees approved nine $1,000 grants to local nonprofits on August 2, 2023.
New SACF Community Impact Grants were awarded to:
- District Health Department #4 for its Parenting 101 program, a weekly group that works on parenting, career education, financial stability, and more;
- McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation to support its recreational therapy program at the new Justin A. Borra Behavioral Health Center in Cheboygan, purchasing supplies for areas of the program that focus on art, meditation and mindfulness, and canine therapy for patients;
- PoWeR! Book Bags for its “Little Learners of Maternal-Infant Health” program, which will provide books and language materials for children aged 0-7 to foster positive relationships between parents/caregivers and children, and increase language and literacy experiences for children in the Straits Area;
- Mackinaw Woman’s Club for a universal accessible entrance ramp and safety upgrades that will allow the community to utilize the organization’s clubhouse for year-round education, arts, and fellowship activities, and double the space available for use;
- Ana’s Treasures to purchase school supplies, backpacks and other back-to-school items for Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City children in foster care;
- Cheboygan Area Arts Council for a children’s matinee presentation of “The Rainbow Fish” – a puppet show planned for February 2024 presented by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia at no cost to schools or students;
- Cheboygan County Habitat for Humanity for its “Tools for the Future” project, purchasing full sets of tools to spread out among house building and rehab sites for volunteers use;
- Mackinaw City Area Arts Council for this summer’s “Shakespeare in the Park” presentation, with a live performance of “As You Like It”; and
- Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan for its “Education and Employment Services” program that provides opportunities for women who would otherwise be limited to attend college or vocational training with financial assistance from the Resource Center.
SACF awards Community Impact Grants once a year, with applicants applying for specific needs within their organization. Funding for grants during this cycle comes from SACF’s Straits Area Community Needs Fund, Cheboygan Health and Education Fund, Straits Area Health Care Fund, and the Straits Area Tobacco Settlement Fund.
The next opportunity for submitting grant applications through the Straits Area Community Foundation is through the Straits Area Youth Advisory Council (YAC). The application deadline is December 15, 2023. These grants are for youth-related projects and programs serving Cheboygan County and/or Mackinaw City. Applications are available at sacf.net.
SACF is an affiliate of the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan (CFNEM), accredited by National Standards for U.S Community Foundations®. CFNEM serves as the administrative arm for its affiliate foundations. SACF is led by a volunteer board of local citizens committed to providing people who care about the future of the region and its communities with unique and effective ways of supporting their community now, and for generations to come. 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 local community nonprofits now and forever. To donate or learn more about how community foundations work, visit sacf.net or call 989-354-6881; toll-free: 877-354-6881.