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Community Foundation Accepting Fall Grant Applications

The Community Foundation is currently accepting grant applications for its Fall Grant Cycle and anticipates awarding nearly $280,000 in fall grants this year.

The Community Foundation has more than a dozen endowments from which it will award grants in the coming months, including from its Youth Endowment.

“To date the Community Foundation Youth Endowment has awarded $1.6M to support nonprofits in our five-county region,” said Gina Thornbury, program officer and Youth Advisory Council (YAC) program leader. “Last year we had 63 students from 15 different schools, with representation from every county. We expect those numbers to remain stable with several students returning from last year’s YAC groups.”

The Community Foundation plans to award $14,000 from the Youth Endowment in each county – Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau – for a total of $70,000. “This Endowment is especially unique because the high school students are involved in every aspect of grantmaking – they are the decision makers of how the grant funding is designated in order to benefit needs and opportunities for youth in their respective counties,” added Thornbury.

Other fall grant opportunities offer support for a range of programs and services including those that focus on healthy youth and seniors, land use and planning, classroom support for Traverse City Area Public Schools’ teachers, accessible recreation, environmental education, and more.

“Our fall grant opportunities demonstrate the ways we help support our communities by matching donor passion with purpose and work to help our local communities thrive both now and forever,” stated Alison Metiva, vice president of strategic engagement and programs. “Many donors give to the Community Foundation with a unique intent in mind. The grants that will be awarded this fall represent the purposes of those funds by supporting organizations that are doing good work to benefit our communities daily.”

The application deadline is October 1. Details on application requirements, funding priorities, and the online application are all available at www.gtrcf.org/grants/. For students interested in participating in YAC, contact gthornbury@gtrcf.org.

The Community Foundation for Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau Counties was established in 1992 and is a local giving partner, working with donors, nonprofits, and volunteers to promote philanthropy and engage in community leadership, enrich our communities with grant dollars, and build endowments to make a lasting impact and enhance the quality of life in the region for generations to come. For more information about the Community Foundation visit GTRCF.org or call 231-935-4066.


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