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Urgent Needs Fund Nonprofit Partners

Total Awards to Grant Partners: $977,256

total amount includes Urgent Needs Fund grants and awards from other endowments

Nonprofit Partner Amount Purpose
Acme Christian Thrift Store and Food Pantry  $1,500 To support prior purchases of PPE for food pantry workers and volunteers as well as paper and ink for COVID-safe new food pantry processes. 
Alzheimer's Association Michigan Chapter $5,000 To support respite care assistance scholarships for residents of the Grand Traverse region that are caring for loved ones living with Alzheimer's or dementia.
American Red Cross of Northern Michigan $15,000 To support disaster response activities, with COVID-19 modifications: purchase of a portable handwashing station, local disaster volunteers providing virtual support, and a shelter support kit
Angel Care Child Care  $5,000 To support essential safety modifications that will be put in place upon reopening
Arts for All $20,000 To support efforts to fully open the studio space by providing the proper PPE and and to help expand virtual programming, continuing to allow participants to join either on screen or in-person; to support scholarships for program participants, materials for programs, marketing costs for classes, space rentals for programs, and payment for teaching artists, trainings, and travel in order to expand programming across 5-county region
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  $17,176 For food, toiletries, and financial assistance for community members in Benzie County; to support the implementation of the Microsoft 365 platform; to provide additional support to individuals and families impacted by COVID-19
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
Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park $2,460 To support the purchase of supplies and equipment (such as an outdoor toilet, PPE, and cleaning supplies) to enable the Botanic Garden to continue to operate and keep volunteers safe.
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 $32,688 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; to support the cost of professional deep cleaning; to support the purchase of 20 laptops for CFS staff for ongoing telehealth services and remote work
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
Community Foundation GRSP Fund $10,000 To support keeping the GSRP at TCAPS for the 2020-2021 school year
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
Friendship Community Center/LIFT $8,325 Support to safely reopen the LIFT Teen Center, including support for cleaning supplies, PPE, personal lockers, wipeable chairs, etc; to support extra costs required to pay for new COVID-related technology needs and cleaning needs as well as support for two programs, the generation perspective podcast and the senior storytelling program. 
Glen Arbor Arts Center $5,000
To support the Center's 6ft Apart Art budget, including the purchase of outdoor tents, a branded GAAC banner, and directional sandwich boards.
Generations Ahead $10,000 For gift cards to grocery stores to distribute to young adult parents in the Grand Traverse region; to support recruitment of new volunteer mediators, the training costs associated with preparing these new mediators to meet the needs of the community, and to advertise mediation services throughout the communities
Good Samaritan Family Services  $12,176 For food, toiletries, and financial assistance for community members in Antrim County; to provide additional support to individuals and families impacted by COVID-19
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 Dyslexia Association  $9,000 To purchase extended Zoom licenses and 5 laptops to support virtual learning and tutoring for students at GTDA; to support the creation of an Emergency Services Fund at GTDA that will provide emergency financial assistance to families who cannot afford tuition costs for their dyslexic children due to the financial effects of the COVID-19 crisis.
Grand Traverse Children's Garden $2,500 To support reopening internal programming and providing the amenities and services needed for other community organizations to safely enjoy the space.
Grand Traverse Industries  $12,000 To purchase a used minivan to assist with the transportation of GTI's client/workers who have significant disabilities
Grand Traverse Pavilions Foundation $20,000 To purchase automated thermal monitoring technology for a COVID-19 free facility; to implement COVID-19 screening processes in the Pavilions lobby for potential family visitors, guests, and vendors; to support the purchase of several new patient lifts, which will be alternated between essential sterilization cleanings
Grass River Natural Area $5,000 To support the purchase of technology products (laptops, digital camera, trail cameras, etc.) to allow GRNA to continue online programming started during the pandemic.
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 $30,000 To support program costs for low income families involved with the mortgage relief program; to offset the 50% increase in lumber prices due to COVID-19, so that Habitat can continue to build homes for families in our region
Health Department of Northwest Michigan $7,500 To support the Dental Assistance Fund, which is reserved for community members without dental insurance or insured without coverage on needed treatments that Dental Clinics North provides.
Hospice of Michigan $12,500 To purchase tech and iPads for hospice staff to use with patients to connect with their families
Inland Seas Education Association $5,000
To support re-opening efforts by purchasing cleaning equipment for public spaces and overnight accommodations in the facility and on-board the
Justice For Our Neighbors Michigan  $15,000 To sustain direct legal services for ongoing cases
Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources $33,376 For food, toiletries, and financial assistance for community members in the Kalkaska Area; funding to replace damaged vital infrastructure; to support higher operational costs of the Ladles of Love Community Meal Program due to COVID-19-related capacity limits and higher costs; to provide additional support to individuals and families impacted by COVID-19
Leelanau Christian Neighbors $11,176 For food, toiletries, and financial assistance for community members in Leelanau County; to provide additional support to individuals and families impacted by COVID-19
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 $20,176 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; to support the funding of Love Thy Neighbor's Connections Emergency Fund, which helps neighbors address emergent needs, such as utilities, household, and auto repairs, gas costs, and medical and dental bills; to provide additional support to individuals and families impacted by COVID-19
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 $30,000

To support the costs of providing supportive services to 9 new rental units for families coming from the streets or local homeless shelters; to support extra costs of housing 4 new families in the Grand Traverse area, (such as electric, trash, etc.) as well as case management support. 

Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency $20,000 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; to support the Laundry Project, which allows folks to use specific laundromats to maintain clean clothes throughout the year.
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
Paddle Antrim $5,000 To support digital waivers, handwashing stations, hand sanitizer, and staff salaries for implementing programs that have had increased demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Peace Ranch $25,000 To support program-related operational expenses; to support mitigation of the cost for services provided to clients.
Parallel 45 Theatre $5,000 To support reengaging the community via the 2021 summer festival, including covering costs associated with COVID modifications and protocols.
PoWeR! Book Bags $12,000 To support the purchase of 12,000 new books to distribute in partnership with the WIC program and students participating in the free and reduced student lunch program
Pregnancy Care Center of Grand Traverse Area $5,000 To purchase maternity and baby supplies for curbside pickup
The Rock of Kingsley Youth Center $15,000 To support added expenses: PPE, sneeze guards, extra cleaning supplies, a screening station and supplies, and the purchase of an additional freezer to hold items for curbside meals for local families; to support a partnership with the Traverse City Dance Project to present a program in August 2021 for a COVID-fatigued manginalized community that has extremely limited access to the arts; to support the purchase of two outdoor tents and two hand sanitizing stations, both of which will allow The Rock to provide expanded outdoor programming in a safe and comfortable manner. 
Safe Harbor $80,000 To support additional staff members, increased professional cleaning costs, and a drop-in, daytime shelter; to support daytime shelter costs; to support the opening of the overnight Safe Harbor shelter in November—a semi-permanent 40x60 tent and modifications to bunk beds; to support increased staff costs as a result of operating the day shelter, increased cleaning costs, and costs for heating and modifications for use of an adjacent building for quarantining of possibly infected individuals; to support COVID-related preparations for the season starting 11/1/21
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 $20,000 To deliver services such as the Community Meal, food pantry, and offer financial assistance; to cover the increased demand for Community Meals ($5,000 provides 3,012 meals including food, hydration, and to-go meal containers)
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 $10,000 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
St. Philip's Episcopal Church $5,000  
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 Bay Children's Advocacy Center $15,000  
Traverse City Dance Project $12,500 To support bringing free professional ballet shows to underserved communities in the region during the summer of 2021.
Traverse City Dowtown Development Authority $10,000 To support downtown businesses through the Buy Local, Give Local Fund and the Traverse City Downtown Relief Fund, which assists businesses in the DTCA district. 
Traverse City Housing Commission $750 To combat loneliness and isolation in the elderly community by providing essential needs through play
Traverse Health Clinic $11,500 To support operational costs including an isolation specific exam room, PPE, and the creation of a separate entrance for the sickest patients; to support roughly half the cost of wages for 1 Traverse Health Clinic employee to perform rapid COVID-19 testing and any triage care needed by Safe Harbor guests 
United Way NWMI/GT County Health Dept. $10,000  
Venture North $30,000 To support the Regional Resiliency Program, which awards grants not exceeding $5,000 to help small businesses with 9 or fewer full time employees with urgent needs and adapting operations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Women's Resource Center $20,000 To support the operations of the WRC Emergency Shelter; to sustain their programs and services while their Thrfit Store is closed









































































































Grants awarded from other Community Foundation funds in support of COVID-19 relief efforts, totaling $27,000.

Nonprofit Partner




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