MT. PLEASANT, MI - The Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation Board of Trustees recently awarded more than $53,000 in grants to organizations impacting Isabella County.
Central Michigan University’s Museum of Cultural and Natural History received $5,000 from the John R. and Constance M. Harkins Community Fund to support school field trip busing.
Chippewa Watershed Conservancy received $185 from the Steve and Sue Pung Family Fund to print rack cards for promoting visitor use of 22 preserves complete with names, locations, visitor access information and suggested activities.
Christian Counseling of Mid Michigan received $2,500 from the Community Impact Fund and $2,500 from the Women's Initiative Fund to provide a weekly support group, led by licensed counselors, for local women experiencing issues related to postpartum mental health.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Boy Scouts of America Venture Crew 7648 received $600 from the Bob and Nancy Wheeler Fund for Scouting to provide bike trailers for a high adventure trip.
Community Mental Health for Central Michigan received $1,500 from the Ruth S. and Gerard R. Felter and Florence F. Battenfeld Family Fund, $500 from the Bovee Family Fund, $1,000 from the Community Impact Fund, $2,000 from the Isabella Bank Director Memorial Fund and $3,000 from the Kellogg Youth Fund to provide Multisystemic Therapy, a treatment model for adolescents experiencing Severe Emotional Disturbance or a Severe and Persistent Mental Illness. This program works to rehabilitate young people within their own community.
The Dictionary Project received $1,600 from the Kiwanis Club of Mt. Pleasant Fund to provide a dictionary for each 3rd grade student in Isabella County.
First United Methodist Church Boy Scouts of America Troop 604 received $100 from the Bob and Nancy Wheeler Fund for Scouting to support summer camp.
Humane Animal Treatment Society received $1,211.71 from the LaBelle Family Fund to support the mission of HATS.
Isabella Citizens for Health received $1,210 from the Bandit Industries Community Fund and $1,210 from the Community Impact Fund to purchase two Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for both their Family Medicine and Pediatric clinics.
Isabella County Parks and Recreation received $10,000 from the Rise Family Fund to plant trees and preserve natural spaces in Coldwater Lake Park.
McBride Quality Care Services received $1,359.79 from the Community Impact Fund and $1,300 from the Kellogg Youth Fund to replace broken cafeteria tables.
Mid Michigan Community College Foundation received $1,413 from the Kellogg Youth Fund and $1,000 for the Women’s Initiative Fund to support the Isabella County 8th Grade Girls’ CHAT (Character, Heart, Attributes, and Talents) Luncheon. This event, in its second year at the MMCC Isabella County Campus, focuses on introducing students to a college campus, with an emphasis on the options and opportunities that await them in post-secondary education, specifically areas of STEM.
Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum received $1,000 from the Jane McNamara and Louise Williams Fund, $1,500 from the Kellogg Youth Fund, and $500 from the Ranck Family Fund to support a new museum exhibit focused on engaging with the environment through camping.
Mt. Pleasant Fire Department received $600 from the Isabella County First Responders Fund to support a 40 hour basic fire investigation class for members of Isabella County Fire Departments. This course will equip fire fighters with the skills needed to determine the causes and origination points of fires.
Mt. Pleasant Public Schools received $880 from the Chris Maniteau Memorial Wrestling Fund to send members of the Mt. Pleasant High School wrestling team to a CMU team camp.
Project Weidman received $4,108 from the Access to Recreation Fund, $659 from the Brewster Family Access to Recreation Fund, $711 from the Mary Ellen Brandell Access to Recreation Fund and $1,191 from the Janet Maar Strickler Access to Recreation Fund to build a new playground structure in the heart of Weidman.
Sacred Heart Parish received $965 from the Kellogg Youth Fund to purchase an Earthquake Tremor Table, which will allow students to build structures and compete to see whose structure best withstands an earthquake.
Shepherd United Methodist Church Boy Scouts of America Troop 623 received $300 from the Bob and Nancy Wheeler Fund for Scouting to repair the troop’s equipment trailer.
Women's Aid Service, Inc. received $1,500 from the Women's Initiative Fund to support the restoration of the shelter’s front steps, which have been a safety hazard, especially during the winter months.
Applications for the next competitive grant cycle are due September 27, 2017. For more information on grant eligibility, and ways to support the endowed funds that make these grants possible, visit www.mpacf.org.