2018-12-08 / News

Community Foundation Awards $59,531 in Fall Grants

More than $59,000 was awarded to local organizations by the Mackinac Island Community Foundation during the Christmas Bazaar Sunday, December 2.

“We recognize the passion of the nonprofits who work so hard to provide quality programs and services for our year-around residents, employees, and visitors,” said foundation executive director Stephanie McGreevy.

Mackinac Arts Council was awarded $11,800 in six grants:

• $2,700 for the Christmas show and spring musical put on by the community theater, of which $1,300 came from the Youth Fund and $1,400 from the Marlee Brown Community Arts fFund.

• $3,000 for performer stipends for Music in the Park, from the Marlee Brown Community Arts fund.

• $1,400 for instruments for the winter Music Mondays program, from the Marlee Brown Community Arts fund.

• $2,000 for portable equipment for the community theater and Music in the Park, from the Island Community Needs fund.

• $700 for a winter evening movie program, from the Island Community Needs fund.

• $2,000 for tools and tool boxes to build theater sets, from the Island Community Needs fund.

Thunder Bay Theater was granted $1,214 for a spring theater production. This project is to provide an educational, entertaining production on Mackinac Island and is funded through the Youth fund.

The City of Mackinac Island Recreation Department was awarded two grant, $737 for the pet waste disposal at Great Turtle Park, funded though the Erin Shufelt Environmental fund, and $150 for a ski clinic to promote a healthy life style, funded through the Youth fund

Mackinac Horseman’s Associations was awarded two grants, $2,000 for the Horse Jumping Program funded by the Island Community Needs Fund, and $1,500 to support a Mackinac Island Eques- trian Team from the Youth funds.

St. Anne’s Catholic Church was awarded two grants, $20,000 to replace the boiler for the sanctuary, allowing special events, winter, and holiday services, funded by the Barbara and Frank Lewand fund, Pompa fund for the Preservation of Historic Structures, Wilfred Puttkammer Mackinac Island Conservation fund, and Island Community Needs fund, and $1,800 for Meals on Snowmobiles from the Island Community Needs fund.

The 92nd District Court was granted $6,460 for a Narcotic Anonymous program on Mackinac Island. This was funded by the Beaumont Fund for Health and Medical Care on Mackinac Island fund.

McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation was granted $500 for a patient assistance program. The grant will provide funding for financial hardships such as gas, lodging, and prescriptions and is funded through the Island Community Needs fund.

Chippewa Health Access Coalition was granted $700 for a healthcare enrollment program. CHAC will help residents to acquire healthcare in spring 2019. This was funded through the Beaumont Fund for Health and Medical Care on Mackinac Island

Mackinac State Historic Parks was granted $2,670 for an adult changing table in Fort Mackinac, as the state park has received several requests recently. This was funded through the Donald and Valeria Bortz Health and Medical fund.

Trinity Episcopal Church was granted $10,000 to repair the church steeple and bell wheel mechanism of the church, which was built in 1882. This is granted by the Francis H. Straus II Memorial fund.

The foundation has awarded an average of 590 gifts a year for the past five years. Since 1994, the foundation has awarded more than $3 million, and the foundation’s total assets developed in the last 20 years is more than $11 million.

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