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Community Priorities Grant Announced


We are excited to share with you the results of our recent Community Priorities grant cycle! Thanks to our generous donors, $284,435 in grants were awarded to 22 nonprofits who work to make Charlevoix County a thriving community. This is the highest grant total awarded in a single cycle through C3F.

A thriving community includes many things, but a few of the top community needs in Charlevoix County were addressed in big ways during the competitive Community Priorities grant cycle. Significant support from donors helped to make these larger grants possible, which will help address needs in housing, human services, and education. Three important pieces of a thriving community.

Housing North will use their grant toward the Housing Ready Coordinator position in Charlevoix County. A key ingredient missing in most rural communities is community development staff that can work with developers to coordinate partners, incentives, funding, and development opportunities. Communities themselves recognize this gap as well and have been working with Housing North to find solutions. The Housing Ready Program, piloted in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties several years ago, is a step towards this goal. A "housing ready" community is one in which there are opportunities for development that can create a variety of options for all people in the community. With grant funding support, the Housing Ready Program Coordinator will be helping the county fill this gap by guiding projects into the pipeline that address this need.

Northern Homes Community Development Corporation will receive two grants: one to help with the organization’s strategic planning process, and another to help build a 6-unit apartment community in Charlevoix. This project is a "missing middle" project; meaning that all units will be income and rent restricted to 120% of the area median income (AMI). The apartments are one-story townhouse style apartments with accessibility features that will appeal to families, senior citizens, people with disabilities and roommates. Grant funds will help support this project, which will bring more affordable housing to our community.

A grant to the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan will support the Empowering Bright Futures campaign to secure funds for a new, renovated facility in Emmet County. The new building, which will house all of WRCNM’s services under one roof, requires extensive renovations to meet building codes, and to best meet the needs of WRCNM's clients and programs. The full project includes all interior components, security features, technology, privacy measures, children's outdoor play area, and all mechanical, plumbing, and electrical needs. The building exterior and footprint will remain, but the interior will be completely rebuilt to meet codes, create energy efficiency, and enhance WRCNM programs through the customized design, which includes thoughtful safety, privacy, and trauma reduction features for all WRCNM clients and families.

Grants to Char-Em Intermediate School District’s Great Start Collaborative program and to North Central Michigan College will address education needs at both ends of the spectrum. Many local families find themselves forced to choose between providing their child a preschool experience or meeting basic living needs. Paying for vital things like housing, transportation and food often take precedence over preschool tuition. Two government programs (Head Start and the Great Start Readiness Program) provide free preschool to children based on financial need and risk factors. These federal and state funded programs fill to capacity quickly, leaving 40+ children in our area waiting for a preschool opportunity each year. The Great Start Preschool Scholarship Project (GSPSP) fills the state and federal preschool funding gap in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties. Upon capacity of government funded preschool programs, GSPSP will use grant funds to provide preschool tuition for eligible children ages 3-5 in Charlevoix County.

NCMC will use their grant toward the Career and Technical Education Enhancement Project, a $21 million investment to revolutionize education in healthcare, manufacturing, and skilled trades - three pivotal sectors shaping our regional, state, and national economies. This grant will focus on and support the workforce in technology, trades, and manufacturing with the bulk of available jobs in these fields in Charlevoix County.

C3F is proud to partner with these, and many other, organizations to help address  top community needs. If you would like to view the complete list of our grant recipients, click here.

To make a donation to the Community Endowment, which supports all of our Community Priorities grants, click here.



YAC senior grants

Each year, our YAC (Youth Advisory Committee) graduating seniors can make a grant to the nonprofit of their choice. Check out this video to see what this year’s grant money will support.



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Grants in Action - Northern Michigan equine therapy

NMET is dedicated to using the healing nature of horses as a therapeutic tool to enhance independence, self confidence, and quality of life for those living with physical and mental health needs Programs are offered by licensed and certified professionals From autism, depression, at risk youth and high anxiety, to spinal cord injuries and strokes, their promise is simple horses heal humans Due to inflation, costs of horse feed, hay, supplements, and vet care have increased exponentially Grant funds will be used toward therapy horse costs