Recent Grants

youth needs grants Awarded


We are pleased to announce the Youth Needs grant awards for 2023.

At the end of each year, area nonprofits serving Charlevoix County youth are encouraged to apply for funding from C3F’s Youth Fund, established 30 years ago with the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which awards annual grants each December. All applications submitted are reviewed by the C3F Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) who serve as the decision-making body for these grants. A 2022 youth needs assessment, developed with the help of over 800 Charlevoix County youth from local school districts, guide the YAC in their process and identified their giving priority areas of youth mental health and school atmosphere.

The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) has been a core part of C3F since 1994. Sixteen youth from across Charlevoix County are selected to be members. Camden Carey, Senior at Charlevoix Middle High School and President of the YAC shared, "This year the committee had to make some very difficult decisions regarding the cycle, and through great discussion, we came to a consensus that left everyone satisfied. All ideas were considered, which is hard for a group of 16. Personally, this is the biggest cycle I have been a part of and I'm excited to see the immense impact our local nonprofits will make using these dollars." 

Eight area programs are addressing youth mental health. The Child Abuse Prevention & Education Council will be able to fund keynote speaker expenses and technology equipment for their annual CAPE Council conference held each spring to provide education on child development. Northern Michigan Equine Therapy received support for the development of a new strategic plan to maximize capacity and better serve youth in the community, while also exploring how they might expand services to meet increased demand. The Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan’s funding will gain support for building renovation expenses to create space for psychosomatic therapies to enhance mental health services available to youth survivors from Charlevoix County. Child and Family Services of Northwest Michigan gained funding for the opening of Safe Haven North, a supervised visit and safe child exchange program, in Harbor Springs.

Additionally, the Boyne District Library's Youth Services Department will hold a Family Dinner Book Club in March 2024, thanks to their Youth Needs grant. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Michigan’s mentoring program will get a boost through funding to help their youth clients by providing them with a caring adult mentor. Char-Em ISD – Behavioral Health Department’s new program will receive support for the unique cultural and social emotional needs of English Language Learners (ELL) and Indigenous youth by providing comfort kits to help students adjust to a new school environment and find universal ways to connect with school staff. The Depot Jordan Valley Teen Center plans to address the anxiety and depression concerns of teens through Mental Health and Wellness programs with a cohesive, holistic approach that includes classes, programs, and activities.

Education has also remained a priority this year. Char-Em ISD STEM received funding to bring magnetic levitation train kits to third grade classrooms to support science, technology, education, and math experiences for teachers and students. PoWeR! Book Bags will provide brand new books and materials for playing, writing, and reading, as well as resources on children’s growth and development. Planned Parenthood of Michigan will be able to provide in-school sexual health education programs in Charlevoix Middle High School as well as East Jordan Middle and High School. A grant to East Jordan Public Schools will support an end of the school year trip to Gettysburg Military Park for the 30 Shoe Club members to learn about the impact veterans have made by exposing them to various historical programs, exhibits, battlefields, and presentations.

Recreation projects will get a boost this year through three program grants. Camp Daggett will be able to facilitate their Positive School Climate Project as a part of their Adventure Education Program. Rotary Club of Charlevoix Charities gained support to build and install a new playground at Mt. McSauba in Charlevoix. Finally, a Beaver Island Historical Society grant will fund the Beaver Island Kids Camp, a week of engaging activities for Island youth ages 4-14.

In all, the 2023 Youth Needs cycle awarded $89,760 in grants to 15 organizations serving the youth of Charlevoix County. These grants are made possible in part by the donors that support the Youth Fund at C3F through their financial contributions. To see the full list of grant awards from the 2023 Youth Needs grant cycle, click the link below. 


When you give to Community Grantmaking Funds, you are providing for current and future projects happening right here at home. With grant cycles throughout the year, nonprofit partners, schools, and individual communities working in Charlevoix County have the opportunity to seek support for worthwhile places, programs, and projects.

For a complete list of grant awards, and additional information (summaries) about each grant, click on the links below.


2023 Youth Needs Grant Awards

2023 Geogrpahic Enrichment Grant Awards (for Beaver Island, Boyne City, Charelvoix and East Jordan)


2023 Community Priorities Grant Awards


2023 Environment & Land Use Grant Awards


2023 Arts & Culture Grant Awards


2022 Youth Needs Grant Awards


2022 Urgent Needs Fund Grant Awards



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