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Community Foundation Grants This Year Surpass $3 Million


The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation’s Board of Directors recently approved $286,169 in grant awards as part of the fall grant cycle. In total, so far this year the Community Foundation has awarded more than $3.1 million in grants and scholarships.

Within the recent fall grant approvals, there were more than 50 grantees that received funding. These responsive grant awards represent the many areas that are essential to a healthy, resilient, and thriving region.

“Donors that give to the Community Foundation and to our endowments make this impact possible,” said David Mengebier, Community Foundation president and CEO. “We serve as stewards of these assets and strive to make meaningful grants that help our nonprofit partners respond to community needs.”

The grant awards benefit local organizations in each of the five counties for programs and projects focused on arts and culture, education, environment, health and human services, and youth. In determining grant awards numerous factors are considered, including community need and how each request aligns with the designated purposes of the variety of endowments the Community Foundation stewards.

In addition, Mengebier said that when making grant decisions, the Foundation works to both meet immediate community needs and also support efforts that will have a lasting impact on the region.

“Several fall grant awards assist local organizations with their work to meet basic and immediate needs in our communities – things like food pantries and emergency senior services. We also look to support programs and projects that focus on solutions related to issues like early childhood, youth and young adult programs, and health and well-being – all of which we know are significant needs in our communities,” said Mengebier.

Youth philanthropy is another key element of the fall grant cycle. High school students from the region participated in the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) and awarded $72,500 in grants for youth programs and services.

“Our YAC program engages local youth in the entire grantmaking process,” said Gina Thornbury, Program Officer and YAC Advisor. “The students have hands on experiences learning about philanthropy and grantmaking and are the leaders in deciding how to use funds from our Youth Endowment to have the most meaningful impact on their peer group.”

For more information on Community Foundation grant opportunities, visit https://www.gtrcf.org/grants/ .

To see a full listing of the grants visit www.gtrcf.org/grants/grant-awards.

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