CHEBOYGAN—The Straits Area Community Foundation (SACF) recently awarded a new round of community grants covering Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City. The Board of Trustees approved 16 new grants totaling $9,220. Of that amount, $5,904 was awarded in Community Impact Grants and $3,316 was awarded in grants from the Straits Area Youth Advisory Council (SAYAC). Grants were approved on February 3, 2021.
New Community Impact Grants are:
- Church of the Straits -$1,000 to purchase food for the church’s food pantry/giveaway program;
- Cheboygan Habitat for Humanity - $2,000 (four grants) for Cheboygan County Project Connect, and for three home building projects for Habitat families;
- GLOW Community Center - $567 for GLOW’s outdoor entertainment system;
- Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum - $582 for a new exhibit: The Women of Mackinaw: Those Who Built, Those Who Served;
- City of Cheboygan - $443 for the Butterfly Habitat and Interactive Sculpture project;
- District Health Dept. #4 - $500 for incentives for breast feeding classes;
- Friends of Ottawa Park - $231 for the 2021 Adult Art Display project;
- Mackinaw Area Historical Society - $581 to build an ADA compliant ramp for the Detweiler Log Cabin.
Community Impact Grants are awarded once a year, with applicants applying for specific needs within their organization. Funding for grants during this cycle comes from SACF’s Community Needs Fund and the Straits Area Tobacco Settlement Fund.
Also approved on February 3 were the following grants recommended by the Straits Area Youth Advisory Council, which is made up of young people from across the SACF service area, and provides funding for programs and projects benefitting youth in Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City:
- Cheboygan Compassionate Ministries - $800 for the “Stuffing Backpacks” project, where students receive much needed food for the weekends;
- Church of the Straits - $1,000 to purchase food for the church’s food pantry/giveaway program;
- Mackinaw City Area Schools - $487 to purchase at-home art kits for off-school times or remote learning;
- Friends of Ottawa Park - $586 for the 2021 Youth Art Display project;
- City of Cheboygan - $443 for the Butterfly Habitat and Interactive Sculpture project.
The next opportunity for submitting grant applications through the Straits Area Community Foundation is through the Straits Area Youth Advisory Council’s second grant cycle of the year. The application deadline is March 15, 2021. Applications are available at sacf.net.
The Straits Area Community Foundation serves Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City. 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 make a donation or learn more about how community foundations work, visit sacf.net or call 989-354-6881; toll-free: 877-354-6881.