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John N. Barnes Environmental Education Endowment

In his 24 years of life, John expressed his passion for the outdoors and beauty of Benzie County. 

The endowment in his memory was established in 1993, allowing his spirit to live on through grants supporting environmental education in Benzie County communities and preserving his passion for generations to come.

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Grant Opportunities for TCAPS

The Community Foundation has two competitive grant opportunities specifically for Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS). Grant applications will be accepted year-round, reviewed annually in November and awards are presented in December.

Guidelines for Eligible Requests:

The Assisting Children's Education (ACE) Endowment supports a variety of K-12 programs within TCAPS to help students and teachers develop and implement innovative ideas that are student-focused, curriculum-based and promote academic excellence. Grant awards support K-12 classroom activities throughout TCAPS that are not otherwise funded by the District's operation budget. 2017 Amount Available: $10,790 Learn more about the ACE Endowment

The Titan Excellence Fund Endowment supports programs or projects to benefit students of Traverse City West Senior High, with a primary focus on supporting student life and academics. Programs or projects for music or athletics are also considered. Projects could include, but are not limited to: basic classroom materials, extracurricular activities or new clubs, school-related events, support for student involvement in community service projects, field trips (including cultural arts activities). 2017 Amount Available: $1,435   Learn more about the Titan Excellence Fund Endowment

2018 Grant Application Instructions:

  • Applications will be accepted year-round, with a deadline of November 1.
  • Only one application needs to be completed for both opportunities shown above.
  • Applications will be reviewed in November 2018, and awards presented in December; therefore, funding will be available for the 2018-2019 school year.

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