The Community Fund

The Community Fund is the most flexible and far-reaching fund at the Community Foundation because the purpose is simply to make grants that address a variety of important needs in Charlevoix County.  Committees of board trustees and engaged community members respond to requests from charitable partners, applying these grant dollars directly where they’re needed through grant cycles and through proactive grant-making – even as needs and priorities change.

Since 1994, the Community Fund has provided grants all across our County and for all types of programs, projects, and organizations that enhance the quality of life for those in our area.  For example, the Community Fund has provided support for large scale construction, like the expansion of the warehouse and food bank facilities at Manna Food Project, expansion and renovations to Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital, and senior housing developments on Beaver Island.  The Community Fund is uniquely positioned to help nonprofit partners grow their own capacity to meet important missions.  For example, Challenge Mountain and the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan have received support to improve resale stores that provide vital revenue to make programs possible.  Dozens of grants have been directed to assist our most vulnerable friends and neighbors with heating fuel, food pantry items, cribs and car seats, dental and medical services, and more. Forward-thinking investments in projects like the North Central Michigan College “Fab Lab” for mobile manufacturing training and the start-up of Leadership Charlevoix County received grant dollars from the Community Fund.  Community spaces like the playground at Veteran’s Park in Boyne City, public tennis courts in East Jordan, and improvements to the Charlevoix Area Community Pool are available to us all with support from the Community Fund.

Because this Fund is endowed, it will continue to grow and provide grant dollars for these kinds of programs and projects and more, both now and into the future.  Contributions to the Community Fund join together, resulting in greater impact for this community we love.

Join us in the mission to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Charlevoix County, now and for generations to come: contribute to the Community Fund.

Photo: A Challenge Mountain participant enjoys adaptive recreation.