REGION – The North Central Michigan Community Foundation’ Youth Advisory Councils (YAC) are sending over $20,000 in new grants back into Crawford, Ogemaw and Oscoda Counties for youth programs benefiting their peers and their communities.
The North Central Michigan Community Foundation (NCMCF) Board of Trustees approved the Youth Advisory Council’ 17 grant award recommendations, totaling $20,476, on February 20, 2018. Grants awarded include:
- $5,684 through four grants to West Branch-Rose City Schools to purchase a new xylophone for the symphonic band, new music stands for Surline Elementary School, the ‘All Eyes on Sight Words’ reading program, and the Youth Lego Club;
- $2,500 to Iosco County Coats for Kids to purchase winter coats and gloves for students from Ogemaw County;
- $2,500 to Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan to support travel and lodging expenses for families from Crawford, Ogemaw and Oscoda Counties who need to utilize the organization’ hospitality services while children are being treated in Grand Rapids;
- $1,000 to the Crawford Roscommon Child Protection Council to support the ‘Darkness to Light’ program, which provides training for stewards of child sexual abuse prevention;
- $1,000 to River House, Inc. for its Youth Summer Program;
- $1,500 to the Ogemaw Kids Club to support its after school programming needs;
- $1,709 to Ana’ Treasures to provide support to foster families;
- $1,700 to St. Joseph Catholic School to support food packaging projects in cooperation with Kids Coalition Against Hunger;
- $1,000 to Ogemaw County to support the construction of a nature park fence;
- $885 to Young Men’ Christian Association of Saginaw to support the Camp Timbers Nature programs in West Branch;
- $500 to West Branch Library for the ‘Summer Reading Rocks the Library’ program; and
- $450 to Oscoda County Library for their ‘Puppets & Poetry’ program.
The North Central Michigan Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council is a group of young people ages 12 to 21 from Crawford, Ogemaw and Oscoda Counties. Working with adult advisors, these youth work to improve the lives of other children in their communities through the allocation of grant money. With initial funding support by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, YAC encourages young people to learn how philanthropy can help meet the specific needs of their community.
The next deadline for grant opportunities through NCMCF is with the Community Impact Grant program. Applications are due June 30, 2018. Nonprofits, schools and churches interested in applying for a Community Impact Grant can access the application form and criteria at www.ncmcf.org. If you have questions or need assistance with the application process, contact the NCMCF office at 877-354-6881.
The North Central Michigan Community Foundation serves Crawford, Ogemaw and Oscoda Counties. NCMCF is an affiliate of the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan (CFNEM), which holds combined assets of over $47 million. CFNEM serves as the administrative arm for its affiliate foundations. NCMCF 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 www.ncmcf.org or call 989-354-6881; toll-free: 877-354-6881.
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