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

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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.

“Our Focus Fund is an important part of our grantmaking portfolio as it is flexible and responsive to current and immediate regional needs while simultaneously offering a permanent funding source for future needs of our region,” said Gina Thornbury, Program and Grants Manager.

During the spring season, the Community Foundation granted $6,660 total to nonprofit partners including Centra Wellness Network, Child and Family Services of Northwest Michigan, and Good Samaritan Family Services. During the summer season, the Community Foundation granted $10,000 total to nonprofit partners including the Baby Pantry at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources, and Michigan Challenge Traditional Sail Training.

“Our Focus Fund grant awards will be used to address a variety of community needs, from supporting a community meal program and food pantry in Kalkaska County to supporting free mental health training in Benzie County,” said Brittany Morton, Operations and Grants Coordinator. “These grant partnerships are critical to providing a consistent source of support to the people and places we love across our region.”

To learn more about spring and summer Focus Fund grant awards, including how nonprofit partners will use funds, please visit: https://www.gtrcf.org/give/our-funds.html/29/.

To donate to the Focus Fund Endowment, visit: https://www.gtrcf.org/give/. The next deadline to apply for Focus Fund grants is September 1. Interested nonprofit, governmental, and tribal partners can learn more and apply through the Community Foundation’s website: https://www.gtrcf.org/grants/.