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Community Foundation Awards $384,000 to Area Organizations

 


The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation recently awarded $384,300 in grants to local organizations throughout five-counties in Northwest Michigan. These grant awards are from the Community Foundation’s designated endowments and include support in the foundation’s five focus areas: arts and culture, education, environment, health and human services, and youth.

“Grants from our designated endowments provide annual support to a variety of non-profit organizations serving our communities on a daily basis,” said David Mengebier, Community Foundation President and CEO. “These grant awards are an example of our role in matching donor passion with purpose for community benefit.”

Grantees include a variety of organizations across the region including TART Trails, Child and Family Services, Inland Seas Education Association, the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, Traverse Symphony Orchestra, and many more. A full grantee list is available at www.gtrcf.org/grants/grant-awards.

“In addition to these grants from designated endowments, we will award grants throughout the year in partnership with donors that have an active role in recommending awards and as part of our annual scholarship and grant cycles,” added Mengebier.

Mengebier said that the Community Foundation expects to award more than $2 million in grants over the course of 2018. Since its inception in 1992, the Community Foundation has made a total of $52.5 million in grant awards and now stewards $58 million in permanent endowment assets.

“Our vision is for our region to engage in and leverage philanthropy in support of strong, vibrant, and healthy communities,” noted Mengebier. “We work every day to fulfill the intent of donors and to ensure that philanthropy will be here to support the communities and people of our region for all future generations.”

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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