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Youth grants awarded in new focus areas

December 1, 2020

The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) of the Charlevoix County Community Foundation responded to requests from nonprofit partners in November. Thanks to donors who look to the Community Foundation to make a difference close to home, grants have been awarded primarily to nonprofits who will focus in the areas of youth mental health and academic stress. In all, over $29,000 was awarded during the Youth Needs grant cycle.

Every three years, the YAC performs a Youth Needs Assessment, asking 8th through 12th graders in Charlevoix County about the top issues concerning them. Earlier this year, the YAC met to discuss the results of the most recent Youth Needs Assessment and made the decision to focus their grantmaking dollars on prioritizing the top two issues identified by their peers – youth mental health and academic stress.

Continue reading here. 

Click here for the full list of grants awarded. 


Our response to Covid-19

The Charlevoix County Community Foundation is fortunate to be part of a caring, generous, and resilient community. The health and safety of our partners, staff, and neighbors is always our top priority. We know that many friends and neighbors are experiencing increased hardship during the ongoing pandemic.

We encourage you to support local nonprofit organizations that work with the people and families who are most vulnerable in our communities. You can also make a contribution to the Community Foundation's Urgent Needs Fund, which is being put to use to help keep lights on and food on the tables in our community.

The Community Foundation is not able to help individuals directly, but supports partners who can. To learn more about organizations in your community that can offer help, call 211 or text your zip code to 898211.

In times like these, philanthropy can make a big difference close to home.




Legacy spotlight: Valerie Lange

"Northern Michigan is a place I will always consider home." 

While Valerie lives on the West Coast now, she grew up in Boyne City and wants to make a difference here for generations to come. "I believe that it is important to preserve natural areas and that taking care of vulnerable animals is a vital part of the community,” says Valerie, and her giving reflects her beliefs. 








GRANT IMPACT:  School Nurse Program

Ten years ago, the Community Foundation was part of an effort to provide school nurses across Charlevoix County and recently made a grant to sustain that service for hundreds of local children, with a grant of $130,000, which will provide two school nurses to serve in Charlevoix County schools.