CHEBOYGAN—The Straits Area Community Foundation (SACF) recently awarded two grants totaling $3,530 through the Straits Area Health Care Grant.
Both grants were awarded to McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation, with $2,000 for the VitalCare Hospice of the Straits Program, and $1,530 for the VitalCare Telehealth Program.
The Straits Area Health Care Grant is a newer grant opportunity available to nonprofit organizations with programs supporting general health care activities and initiatives for the residents of Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City. Grants are awarded on an annual basis from the Straits Area Health Care Fund at SACF, formerly the Cheboygan Memorial Hospital Fund.
The Cheboygan Memorial Hospital Fund at SACF was originally established to support health care activities at the discretion of the CMH Board of Directors. When the hospital closed in 2012 and was consequently purchased by McLaren Health Care, a CMH board no longer existed to be able to direct grants from the fund as originally intended. Through a unique ability of Community Foundations called “variance power”, the SACF Board was tasked with renaming and repurposing the fund to be used as close as possible to the fund’s original purpose. This change made way for the Straits Area Health Care Fund to continue supporting health care for local residents.
Straits Area Community Foundation is a charitable organization that serves as a catalyst and resource to inspire private giving for the betterment of Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City. 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.sacf.net.