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Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Community Foundation Awards $17,500 in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Grants

The Community Foundation has awarded $17,500 in grants from its Diversity Equity Inclusion (DEI) Fund this fall. These awards represent the largest DEI Fund grant cycle to date and were made possible thanks to local donor partners, the Foundation’s Rotary Endowment that Rotary Charities of Traverse City directs, and Consumers Energy Foundation. more

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Anchor and Heart Endowment Awards Nearly $102K to Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital

The Community Foundation’s Anchor and Heart Endowment recently awarded a $101,890 grant to Munson Healthcare Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital, supporting a transition to a new medication dispensing system. more

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Community Foundation to Invest $1 Million in Local Businesses and Nonprofits

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation will begin investing $1 million from its endowment portfolio in local businesses and nonprofit organizations through a new impact investing strategy with Venture North and Northern Initiatives that will help achieve both a social and financial return. more

Monday, September 26, 2022

Community Foundation Awards $111K in Grants Across Five-County Region

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation is awarding $111,000 in grants to seven organizations across Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau Counites to support transformational impact for their mission-driven work. Grants are provided through the Foundation’s community funds, which offer responsive, flexible funding that aims to meet a wide variety of needs and opportunities, in addition to its Wilfred and Joan Larson Endowment. more

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Community Foundation Welcomes Mercedes Michalowski as New Donor Engagement Director

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation will soon welcome Mercedes Michalowski as its new Donor Engagement Director. Michalowski is coming to the Community Foundation from Oliver Art Center (OAC). more

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Community Foundation Accepting Grant Applications for 18 Different Funds

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation is now accepting applications for grant opportunities from 18 different funds. Grants are available to nonprofit, educational, governmental, and Tribal organizations in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau Counties. more

Thursday, August 25, 2022

High School Students Invited to Join Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation invites local high school-age students (private, public, or homeschool) across Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau Counties to join one of its Youth Advisory Councils (YAC). more

Monday, August 22, 2022

Community Foundation Receives $20K Consumers Energy Foundation Grant

The Community Foundation has received a $20,000 grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation to support diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts across the region. Grant funds will be allocated to the Community Foundation’s DEI Fund, which primarily provides support for organizations led by Black, Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQ+, immigrant, neurodiverse, and/or disabled community members. more

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Community Foundation Accepting Grant Applications for Awards Up to $20K

The Community Foundation is currently accepting applications for grants that are collectively available from its community funds, which provide responsive, flexible funding that aims to meet a wide variety of needs and opportunities across the five-county region, as well as its Wilfred and Joan Larson Endowment. The Foundation anticipates awarding several grants of up to about $20,000 each. more

Monday, July 18, 2022

Community Foundation Awards Nearly $400K to Support Local Students

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation recently supported $286,838 in scholarship awards to support 171 students, bringing the total impact so far this year in support of access to post-secondary education for area students to nearly $400,000. more

Monday, July 18, 2022

Cross-Sector Partners Launch Grand Traverse Regional Project Dashboard

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation, Traverse Connect, Rotary Charities of Traverse City, and Networks Northwest—members of the Northwest Michigan Community Development Coalition—have launched the Grand Traverse Regional Project Dashboard. more

Friday, June 10, 2022

Celebrating Our 2022 YAC Graduating Seniors

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation celebrates our Youth Advisory Council graduating seniors from across the region. more

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Alison Metiva Named Chief Operating Officer

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation has announced that Alison Metiva will be promoted to Chief Operating Officer, effective July 1. more

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Community Foundation Receives $100K Grant for Youth Mental Health Initiative

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation has received a $100,000 Community Health Impact Grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to support a youth-led collaborative effort focused on improving mental health and well-being of young people across Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau Counites. more

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Kalkaska Community Awards Tickets Available, Special Guest Speaker Announced

The Kalkaska Community Awards are coming up soon on Thursday, June 9 from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm at the Railroad Square Pavilion in downtown Kalkaska. The event, now in its 51st year, will celebrate the 2022 Kalkaska Citizen of the Year, Debbie Ball-Odeh and the 2022 Kalkaska Business of the Year, BC Pizza Kalkaska, owned by the Kati and Niki Hammontree. more

Monday, May 9, 2022

Community Foundation Grant Applications Now Open

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation is accepting grant applications for funding offered through its Diversity Equity Inclusion (DEI) Fund, Focus Fund Endowment, and Marsha J. Smith Community Leadership Fund. The next deadline to apply is June 1 and each grant opportunity is open to nonprofit, educational, governmental, and Tribal organizations serving Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and/or Leelanau Counties. more

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Community Foundation, Rotary Charities Partner to Support Local Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation and Rotary Charities of Traverse City are partnering to support local diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts by providing a matching gift opportunity for the Foundation’s DEI Fund. more

Monday, April 25, 2022

Community Foundation Awards More Than $540,000 to Local Organizations

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation recently awarded $541,377 in grants to 88 organizations across Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau Counties. These grant awards come from the Community Foundation’s designated endowments and provide support across each of the Foundation’s five focus areas, including arts and culture, education, environment, health and human services, and youth. more

Monday, April 25, 2022

2022 Kalkaska Citizen and Business of the Year Award Winners Announced

Continuing a 51-year tradition, this year’s Kalkaska Citizen and Business of the Year have been selected through a community nomination process facilitated through the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. The 2022 Kalkaska Citizen of the Year is Debbie Ball-Odeh and the 2022 Kalkaska Business of the Year is BC Pizza Kalkaska, owned by the Hammontree family. more

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Community Foundation Awards $300K through Wilfred and Joan Larson Endowment

A total of $300,000 in grants, including $100,000 in scholarship grants, has been awarded from the Wilfred and Joan Larson Endowment, a fund stewarded by the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. Eighteen nonprofit organizations and schools across Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau Counties received grant awards. more

Monday, March 7, 2022

Nominations Being Accepted for 2022 Kalkaska Citizen and Business of the Year Awards

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2022 Kalkaska Citizen and Business of the Year Awards, a 51-year tradition in Kalkaska County honoring a resident for their civic involvement and a local business for their outstanding service. more

Monday, February 21, 2022

Cross-Sector Partners to Help Secure ARPA Funding for Five-County Region

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation, Traverse Connect, Rotary Charities of Traverse City, and Networks Northwest—all members of the Northwest Michigan Community Development Coalition—have partnered with Public Sector Consultants to facilitate a regional approach to identify community partnerships, encourage collaboration, and ultimately strive to secure state and federal funding through the American Rescue Plan Act. more

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Community Foundation Spring Grant Applications Now Open

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation is now accepting applications for its spring grants cycle that includes opportunities through its Diversity Equity Inclusion (DEI) Fund, Focus Fund Endowment, and Marsha J. Smith Community Leadership Fund. The deadline to apply is March 1 and each grant opportunity is open to nonprofit, educational, governmental, and Tribal organizations serving Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and/or Leelanau Counties. more

Monday, February 7, 2022

Community Foundation Awards $10K in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Fund Grants

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation has awarded $10,000 in grants from its Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) Fund. The DEI Fund primarily provides support for organizations led by BIPOC, LGBTQ+, immigrant, neurodiverse, and/or disability community members in addition to other programs, trainings, initiatives, and opportunities promoting equity and inclusion. more

Monday, January 31, 2022

Community Foundation Hits Historic Milestone of $104 Million in Assets

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation finished 2021 with a historic milestone, reaching $104 million in total assets. In addition, during 2021, donor partners entrusted the Community Foundation with $5.7 million in contributors and the Foundation awarded more than $3.3 million in grants and scholarships. more

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Nearly 100 Scholarships for Local Students Available through the Community Foundation

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation’s scholarship applications are now open to eligible students across Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau Counties. The Community Foundation offers nearly 100 unique scholarships to graduating high school seniors, current college students, and students pursuing vocational training and trade professions. more

Friday, January 14, 2022

Community Foundation Welcomes Seven New Board Directors from Antrim, Benzie, and Leelanau Counties

To kick off 2022, the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation has welcomed seven new community members to its Board of Directors, the organization’s voluntary governing body comprised of individuals from across its five-county service area. more

Monday, December 13, 2021

Community Foundation Awards More Than $330K in Grants at Year-End

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation has awarded a total of $330,823 in grants at year-end to organizations across Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau Counties as part of its fall grantmaking cycle. more

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Community Foundation Awards Nearly $36K in Final Urgent Needs Fund Grants

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation has awarded a total of $35,883 in final grants from its Urgent Needs Fund to five nonprofit organizations serving Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau Counties respectively. more

Monday, November 15, 2021

Community Foundation Commits to Disability Inclusion Pledge

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation has become the first community foundation in the state of Michigan to sign onto the Disability Inclusion Pledge, which was developed by the Presidents’ Council on Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy to advance disability inclusion across the philanthropic sector. more

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Community Foundation Receives $800K to Establish Boardman Lake Loop Trail Endowment

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation recently received a $800,000 gift from Garfield Township to establish the Boardman Lake Loop Trail Maintenance Endowment, which will support the Trail’s ongoing care and upkeep. more

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Community Foundation Awards $10K in Grants to Support DEI Efforts across the Region

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation has awarded $10,000 total in grants to organizations across the five-county region to support diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. more

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Community Foundation Supports Kalkaska County Library with $10K Grant

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation recently awarded a $10,170 grant to the Kalkaska County Library to support needed repairs after flooding caused damage to the Library’s lower level over the summer. more

Monday, September 27, 2021

Anchor and Heart Endowment Awards $94K Grant to Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation’s Anchor and Heart Endowment recently awarded a $94,320 grant to the Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital, supporting its new specialty clinic in downtown Frankfort. more

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Community Foundation Fall Grant Opportunities Available

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation is currently accepting applications for its fall grant cycle that includes 18 opportunities available to nonprofit, educational, governmental, and Tribal organizations in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and/or Leelanau Counties. more

Monday, August 16, 2021

Community Foundation Invites High School Students to Join Youth Advisory Council

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation invites local high school students to join its Youth Advisory Council (YAC). The Community Foundation’s YAC program involves young people across the five-county region as leaders and grantmakers, with participants acting as advisors to the Foundation’s Youth Endowment. more

Monday, August 9, 2021

2020 and 2021 Kalkaska Citizens and Businesses of the Year Honored at Community Event

The 2020 and 2021 Kalkaska Citizens and Businesses of the Year were honored at the Kalkaska Community Event hosted by the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation and sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at Railroad Square Pavilion. more

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Community Foundation Summer Grant Applications Now Open

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation is now accepting applications for its summer grants cycle that includes opportunities through its newly created Diversity Equity Inclusion (DEI) Fund as well as its Focus Fund Endowment, Marsha J. Smith Community Leadership Fund, and Youth Endowment. more

Thursday, July 8, 2021

The Power of Responsive Collaborations: Supporting COVID-19 Adaptations in Glen Arbor

In response to COVID-19, Glen Arbor Arts Center (GAAC) worked swiftly to shift its learning to an outdoor setting, creating a new Outdoor Learning Classroom with collaborative funding from the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation and Rotary Charities of Traverse City. more

Monday, June 28, 2021

Community Foundation Welcomes Traverse City Student Amy Jun as New Board Director

This summer, the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation welcomed Traverse City West Senior High School student, Amy Jun to its Board of Directors. Jun is the Foundation’s second youth representative to the board, following in the footsteps of its first representative, Marina Ascione who served from 2019 to 2020. more

Monday, June 21, 2021

Community Foundation Awards Over $16,000 in Grants to Local Organizations

This spring and summer, the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation awarded $16,660 in grants to organizations across the region through the Focus Fund Endowment, which is designed to impact broad community needs and interests. more

Monday, June 21, 2021

Youth Advisory Council Leaders Promote Online Safety for Their Peers

Learn about the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation's Youth Advisory Council's online safety video campaign collaboration with the Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center. more

Monday, June 14, 2021

Community Foundation Awards More Than $300K in Scholarships to Local Students

This year, the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation awarded $316,460 in scholarships to 184 students across Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau Counties. more

Monday, June 7, 2021

Community Foundation Spearheads New Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Fund

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation has launched a new Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) Fund that is dedicated to DEI efforts in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau Counties. more

Monday, June 7, 2021

2021 Kalkaska Citizen and Business of the Year Award Recipients Announced

Continuing a 50-year tradition, this year’s Kalkaska Citizen and Business of the Year have been selected through a community nomination process facilitated through the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. more

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Celebrating Our 2021 YAC Graduating Seniors

We are incredibly grateful for the hard work and dedication of our YAC students throughout this academic year and wish a hearty congratulations to our graduating seniors. more

Monday, May 10, 2021

Nomination Deadline Approaching for 2021 Kalkaska Awards

Nominations are due soon for the 2021 Kalkaska Business and Citizen of the Year Awards, a 50-year tradition in the community to honor a local business for their service and a resident for their civic involvement. more

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Community Foundation Responds to Racism at Local High Schools

At the Community Foundation, we envision a region that is healthy, resilient, and thriving for all people. But the recent racist and discriminatory acts perpetrated by local high school students against their peers runs completely counter to this vision. more

Monday, April 12, 2021

Community Foundation Expands Urgent Needs Fund Eligibility

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation has recently expanded its Urgent Needs Fund eligibility, allowing more organizations across Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau Counties to apply for COVID-19-related funding. more

Monday, April 12, 2021

Nominations Sought for 2021 Kalkaska Citizen and Business of the Year

Nominations are now open for the Kalkaska Business and Citizen of the Year Awards, a 50-year tradition in the community to honor a local business and resident for their civic involvement. more

Monday, March 29, 2021

Community Foundation Awards More Than $460,000 to Local Organizations

This spring, the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation awarded $462,052 in grants to organizations across Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau Counties. more

Monday, March 1, 2021

Traverse City Track Club Grant and Scholarship Applications Now Open

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the Traverse City Track Club’s spring grant cycle and academic-year scholarships. more

Monday, February 22, 2021

Community Foundation Receives $172,000 from Grand Traverse County

Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation receives $172,000 from Grand Traverse County to support our Urgent Needs Fund. more

Monday, February 15, 2021

Community Foundation Scholarships Deadline Fast Approaching

Students in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau Counties have just a couple more weeks to apply for various scholarship opportunities through the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. more

Monday, February 8, 2021

Youth Leaders Make Noise to Spotlight Child Abuse Prevention

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council leaders, in partnership with Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center and the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund, have launched #MakingNoise, a three-part social media video campaign aimed at calling attention to child abuse prevention. more

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Community Foundation Responds to Grand Traverse County Commission

At your Community Foundation, we envision communities that are healthy, resilient, and thriving for all people. While we have made progress in managing the spread of the coronavirus, remaining diligent and following the lead of our public health officials is necessary to continue to slow and stop the spread and protect our residents and essential workers. more

Monday, January 25, 2021

Community Foundation Awarded $3.8 Million in 2020 to Support the Region

In 2020, the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation had one of its largest growth years in its 30-year history, receiving $15.6 million in contributions, awarding $3.8 million in grants and scholarships, and closing the year with $90 million in assets. more

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Community Foundation Partners with BATA on Fare-Free Medical Transport Pilot

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation has partnered with the Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA) to set up a new pilot program called Link On-Demand Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT+) to provide reliable, fare-free transportation to and from medical appointments for community members. more

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Scholarships for Local Students Available through the Community Foundation

Students in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau Counties have the chance to pursue over 90 unique scholarship opportunities for the 2021-2022 school year through the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. more

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Opinion: Building a stronger, healthier community together

Cross-sector community partners, led by the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation, have come together to create a set of shared objectives and a Community Development Scorecard. more

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Healthy, resilient, and thriving communities depend on working together

This can only be possible if we remove barriers that prevent all of our neighbors - and particularly people and families of color - from having equitable opportunities to achieve a thriving life. more

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