Community Foundation Awards Grants to Make A Difference in Charlevoix County

Across Charlevoix County, the Community Foundation’s grant-making will provide for what matters most now while taking care to also move our communities forward for the future. This fall, our hospitals and hospice received grants to offer high quality care for residents.  Children facing serious illness, trauma, or physical disabilities will benefit from services and support.  Two homes in Boyne City that were funded by the Community Foundation at ground-breaking also received funding to be completed.  Collaboration and grant dollars will offer a new fitness center to Beaver Islanders. Charlevoix expects to see an increase in recycling thanks to the convenience of Big Belly Waste Disposal units.  Fans visiting East Jordan’s Murphy Field will appreciate new bleachers to enjoy a game. The next stage of the Boyne City to Boyne Falls Non-Motorized Trail received a big boost, as did planning for a trail to be constructed from Charlevoix to Traverse City.  “The Community Foundation provided funding for initiatives and projects from urgent needs to the arts and in every community across the County,” notes Community Foundation President Chip Hansen.

The Community Foundation was able to respond to these requests and more with $288,000 this fall because of donors who wish to make a difference in Charlevoix County.  When individuals, couples, families, and businesses give back to this place they love, the Community Foundation can connect their support with deserving organizations. “To some extent, we rely on our nonprofit partners, local schools, and cities to help us understand current needs in each of their areas of expertise,” shares John Doskoch, grant-making committee member and Community Foundation trustee.  “The impacts of this cycle’s funding will be felt throughout the County thanks to those partnerships.”  Click here for a complete list of grants made through the fall cycle.

A charitable organization dedicated to improving and enriching life in the area, the Charlevoix County Community Foundation accepts gifts from individuals, families, businesses and civic groups and manages them as permanent endowments.  While a portion of the funds are utilized to support grantmaking, the principal of the endowment continues to grow, providing ongoing charitable capital to benefit Charlevoix County’s residents—now and in the future.

Since it was founded in 1992, the Community Foundation’s net assets have grown to more than $40 million. Grants and scholarships totaling more than $25 million have been distributed to enhance and enrich the quality of life for everyone in Charlevoix County—and for generations to come.

The next deadline for submitting a grant request is Friday, March 1, 2019.  Give Maureen or Mishelle a call with inquiries about applying for grants at 231-536-2440.