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Urgent Needs Fund Grantees

Grant Awards as of August 13, 2020: $587,975
total amount includes Urgent Needs Fund grants and awards from other endowments (detail below)

Grantee Amount Purpose
Angel Care Child Care  $5,000 To support essential safety modifications that will be put in place upon reopening
Autism Alliance $5,000 To provide wearable GPS devices and 1-year service plans to 8 needy Grand Traverse families whose autistic children are at a high risk of wandering from safety, as well as safety kits for 36 families
Before, During, and After Incarceration  $5,000 To assist inmates who qualify for a supervised release to help stop the spread of COVID-19 but cannot pay the associated fees, including ongoing drug screenings and a GPS tether
Bellaire Chamber of Commerce $5,000 To support a COVID-19 relief fund for small businesses located in Alden, Bellaire, Central Lake, and Mancelona
Benzie Area Christian Neighbors  $5,000 For food, toiletries, and financial assistance for community members in Benzie County
Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department  $10,000 To support the CHIR Community Connections program that can quickly meet the needs of the most vulnerable residents
Bethany Christian Services  $7,000 For HIPAA-compliant Zoom platform licenses to provide telehealth counseling services and for the purchase of gas cards for biological parent visits, and PPE for foster care visits
Catholic Human Services $15,000 For laptops and cell phones to better equip staff to work remotely long-term
Child & Family Services of Northwestern Michigan $11,500 To support client needs, including food and access to technology for telehealth counseling and essential family visits, as well as HIPAA-compliant license purchases to provide services remotely
COGNiTiON $2,500 To purchase PPE, cleaning materials, and the hiring of cleaning staff for summer camp
Communities in Schools of Northwest Michigan $5,000 To purchase PPE for the implementation of summer in-person programs at Mancelona Public Schools and Kalkaska Middle School
Conflict Resolution Services $4,500 To purchase tools (Zoom hosting, Docu-sign) for electronic mediation
ECHO His Love $5,000 To support the opening of Benzie Family Life Center safer and sooner, as well as to help to retain the Benzonia ECHO Resale Store
Father Fred Foundation $5,750 To purchase 3 laptops to allow staff to work remotely; to purchase a glass top freezer to hold food pantry meat selections so that guests are afforded a safe and socially distant self-shopping experience
Grand Traverse Industries  $12,000 To purchase a used minivan to assist with the transportation of GTI's client/workers who have significant disabilities
Generations Ahead  $5,000 For gift cards to grocery stores to distribute to young adult parents in the Grand Traverse region
Good Samaritan Family Services   $5,000 For food, toiletries, and financial assistance for community members in Antrim County
Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan $45,000 To continue offering services like the Goodwill Inn, Street Outreach, Supportive Housing, Food Rescue, and meal services as well as doubling the pay of client-facing employees in congregate settings and adding another cleaning crew
Grace Episcopal Church $1,500 To purchase compostable meal takeaway supplies for the remainder of the calendar year for the Community Meal program
Grand Traverse Pavilions Foundation $5,000 To purchase automated thermal monitoring technology for a COVID-19 free facility
Groundwork Center $15,000 To support a newly formed Purchasing Committee plan to execute food pantry food purchases from local farms as well as traditional suppliers of shelf-stable products
Habitat for Humanity GT Region $15,000 To support program costs for low income families involved with the mortgage relief program
Hospice of Michigan $12,500 To purchase tech and iPads for hospice staff to use with patients to connect with their families
Justice For Our Neighbors Michigan  $15,000 To sustain direct legal services for ongoing cases
Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources $21,200 For food, toiletries, and financial assistance for community members in the Kalkaska Area; funding to replace damaged vital infrastructure
Leelanau Christian Neighbors $4,000 For food, toiletries, and financial assistance for community members in Leelanau County
Leelanau County Cancer Center $2,500 To support grants to families experiencing cancer
Leelanau Farmer's Market Association $5,000 To support safety practices at Leelanau farmers markets: set up costs for an online ordering system, additional staffing to manage curbside pickup and ensure social distancing, safety signage and hand sanitizing stations
Love Thy Neighbor GT Region $8,000 To support increased program costs as a result of increased need for hygiene items, transportation assistance, and homeless support; and to purchase laptops to allow staff to work from home
Michael's Place $15,000 To mitigate the financial impact of unexpected expenses so that Michael's Place can continue to provide outreach to grieving families, some suffering from the death of a loved one due to COVID-19
Munson Patient Needs Fund $5,000 To provide financial assistance for the urgent needs of patients during a health-related crisis
NMC Foundation $15,000 To support emergency financial support requests from NMC students and help them pay for unanticipated needs due to COVID-19
Norte $2,500 To support the extra cost of COVID-19 related items at Norte's Traverse City Summer Bike Camp, inluding masks, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, and extra staffing
Northern Family Intervention Services $1,000 To purchase PPE in order to continue safe services to vulnerable families requiring home visits/parent education/therapy
Northern Michigan Supportive Housing $15,000 To support the costs of providing supportive services to 9 new rental units for families coming from the streets or local homeless shelters
Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency $15,000 To support rent arrearages, foreclosure prevention payments, tax foreclosure prevention, utilities, uniforms, transportation costs, senior delivered meals, food program, medical needs, childcare, etc. for residents of the five-county area
NWMI Coalition to End Homelessness and NWMI Community Action Agency $45,000  To support motel costs for people experiencing homelessness, particularly those diagnosed with COVID-19 or awaiting test results
NWMI Food Coalition $15,000 For one month's worth of food for distribution among all operating pantries and meal sites for six counties in NWMI
NWMI Health Services $15,000 To support increased demands for service due to COVID-19, including behavioral health services and COVID-19 testing
Peace Ranch $10,000 To support program-related operational expenses
Pregnancy Care Center of Grand Traverse Area $5,000 To purchase maternity and baby supplies for curbside pickup
Safe Harbor $35,000 To support additional staff members, increased professional cleaning costs, and a drop-in, daytime shelter
Salvation Army (Antrim County) $5,000 To support low-income individuals and families with rent, utilities, auto repair, transportation to medical facilities and other basic needs
Salvation Army of TC $15,000 To deliver services such as the Community Meal, food pantry, and offer financial assistance 
SEEDS Ecology and Education Centers $2,700 To provide additional training and PPE to SEEDS EcoCorps staff related to their response to COVID-19 and current activities
ShareCare of Leelanau $5,000 To support increased need for services — grocery and medication deliveries to the elderly, check-ins with socially isolated clients
Single MOMM $5,000 To support families with critical needs related to food, rent/mortgage, transportation, utilities, and medical costs due to the crisis
Step Up Northern Michigan $2,500 To support alternative operations for the schools-based food pantry
Suttons Bay Congregational Church $5,000 To support the Food Relief Program, a grassroots effort that provides local Leelanau restaurants with a revenue stream and that distributes meals to individuals and families in need, particularly seniors
Title Track/Native Justice Coalition $5,000 To support the needs of the local Native Elder community
Traverse City Dowtown Development Authority $5,000 To support downtown businesses through the Buy Local, Give Local Fund
Traverse City Housing Commission $750 To combat loneliness and isolation in the elderly community by providing essential needs through play
Traverse Health Clinic $5,000 To support operational costs including an isolation specific exam room, PPE, and the creation of a separate entrance for the sickest patients
United Way NWMI/GT County Health Dept. $10,000  
Venture North $15,000 To support the local businesses through the Regional Resiliency Fund
Women's Resource Center $10,000 To support the operations of the WRC Emergency Shelter















































































Grants awarded from other Community Foundation funds, in support of relief efforts $27,000 total.  





Benzie Senior Resources $4,500 To support increased food expenses and mileage for food delivery vehicles Healthy Youth Healthy Seniors Endowment
COGNiTiON  $5,000 To support online science labs and experiments and packages of science materials for Benzie students Youth Endowment
Friendship Community Center LIFT $2,500 To support a partnership between LIFT and Suttons Bay Public Schools to provide care packages alongside school-provided breakfast and lunch Boys and Girls Club Endowment
Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center $15,000 To support HIPAA compliant software to provide tele-mental health and advocacy services, the purchase of tablets to lend to children that don't have access to a device MSU/ Big 10 Fund



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