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Urgent Needs Fund Grantees


Grant Awards as of December 4, 2020: $694,413
total amount includes Urgent Needs Fund grants and awards from other endowments (detail below)

Grantee Amount Purpose
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
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  $10,000 For food, toiletries, and financial assistance for community members in Benzie County; to support the implementation of the Microsoft 365 platform
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 $17,688 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
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 $3,325 Support to safely reopen the LIFT Teen Center, including support for cleaning supplies, PPE, personal lockers, wipeable chairs, etc.
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
Grand Traverse Dyslexia Association  $5,000 Tto purchase extended Zoom licenses and 5 laptops to support virtual learning and tutoring for students at GTDA
Grand Traverse Industries  $12,000 To purchase a used minivan to assist with the transportation of GTI's client/workers who have significant disabilities
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 $15,000 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
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 Food Coalition $15,000 To support the purchase of one month's worth of food for distribution among all operating pantries and meal sites for six counties in northwest Michigan
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
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 $5,000 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
Safe Harbor $50,000 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
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 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.  

Grantee

Amount

Purpose

Fund

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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