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Gratiot County Community Foundation Reaches Milestone

$6 Million in Grant Dollars at work in Gratiot County!  Thank you to all of our donors.  You made this possible with every dollar donated.  Read the article here.

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Alma Native, Former YAC Member Takes the Helm at Gratiot County Community Foundation

We are very excited to announce that Chelsea Holmes Matz is the new executive director of the Foundation!  Join us in welcoming Chelsea back to Gratiot County!  Read more about Chelsea's background here.

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Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress

Sixteen juniors and seniors from
Ithaca High School participated in a
unique project funded through
the Foundation

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YAC Grant Cycle Deadline is November 1st

Get your application in.

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Beebe Beef Blanket
Project

Ten members of the Beebe Beef 4-H Club used a Foundation grant to produce 60 fleece blankets for the Oncology Center and pediatric unit at Gratiot Medical Center.  The blankets were a "no-sew" project which allowed some younger members of the club to help make them.  When they delivered the cozy blankets.  "We want to do our best to improve patients' time spent there, even if it's just by making them smile or keeping them war," said one of the youth.

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Blooming Friendships
Project

Kindergarteners from Carrie Knause Early Chilhood Learning Center in St. Louis used a Foundation grant for their Blooming Friendships project.

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Over $134,000 in Scholarships Awarded in 2019

The Foundation awarded scholarships totaling more than $134,000 this year!

The Foundation recently held it's 11th Annual Scholarship Awards Event. This event was a wonderful celebration of the donors who generously established permanently endowed scholarship funds that will generate scholarships for students today, tomorrow and forever. We also celebrated students from high school freshman, to graduating seniors, to college students, graduate students and vocational and technical school students.

Complete list of our 2019 Scholarship Recipients

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Nearly $60,000 Available to Grant in the Fall 2019 Grant Cycle

Registered non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply for funding programs that improve the quality of life for the residents in Gratiot County.

Funding priorities include, but are not limited to:
  • Emergency Services (police, fire, rescue and medical services);
  • Youth Programs;
  • Community Development and Improvement Programs;
  • Homebound Senior Citizen Programs.
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YAC Awarded Close to $4,000 in Grants 2018-2019 Cycle

The Youth Advisory Council awarded $3825 in 2018-19.

We thank all youth applicants for their dedication to service.

  • Alma High School’s Student Council received $500 to support the school’s food pantry which is available to hungry students;
  • Alma’s Pine Avenue Elementary Student Leadership Council received $500 for the Connecting Generations project joining youth together with residents of Arbor Grove
    Assisted Living;
  • Carrie Knause Early Childhood Learning Center in St. Louis received $500 for Mrs. Jenkins’s second grade class to start a Free Little Library;
  • Carrie Knause Early Childhood Learning Center in St. Louis also received $475 for Mrs.Vance’s Kindergarten class to make “Snowman Soup” to distribute through the Meals on Wheels program;
  • Alma’s St. Mary School’s K-Club received $500 to make blankets to donate to organizations like Pardee Cancer Treatment Center, Arbor Grove Assisted Living, and more; and
  • Ithaca’s South Elementary received three grants totaling $1350 for Mrs. Meier’s Kindergarten class’s Books for Babies, Everybody Deserves a Birthday Cake and Bagels
    with Bus and Crossing Guards projects.
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Over $54,000 Awarded in Spring 2019 Grant Cycle

GCCF awarded $54,834.60 during the Spring 2019 Grant Cycle. We thank all applicants for their time in applying.

  • Alma District Fire Department received $7266 for the purchase of a dive and water rescue trailer;
  • Alma Public Schools received $1000 for the Project PAWS childhood hunger program;
  • Ashley Community Schools received $548 to acquire technology for the marching band program;
  • Ashley District Library received $640.60 for new fiction and nonfiction books;
  • Child Advocacy received $880 for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CAS) program Planting Hope for Children;
  • Clinton-Gratiot Habitat for Humanity received $3000 for the Rock the Block neighborhood revitalization project;
  • Girls on the Run Central Michigan received $2000 for scholarships for students in need;
  • Gratiot County Sheriff’s Office received $5000 to acquire Tru Narc technology;
  • Gratiot Emergency Housing received $1600 for housing and utilities expenses for those in need;
  • Ithaca Public Schools received $1500 to fund publications of the 5th grade book about local veterans;
  • Ithaca Public Schools received $3750 for woodshop equipment modernization;
  • Lincoln Road United Methodist Church (designated emergency shelter location) received $5800 for a generator;
  • Mid-Michigan District Health Department received $4000 for the Prescription for Health program;
  • St. Louis Public Schools received $4500 for high school STEM programming; and
  • St. Louis Public Schools received $13,350 for woodshop equipment modernization.