Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation

For good. For ever.

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Isabella County, now and for generations to come, by holding and attracting permanent endowed funds from a wide range of donors, addressing needs through grant making and providing leadership on key community issues.

Community Foundation Grants $140,329.83

MT. PLEASANT, MI - The Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation Board of Trustees recently awarded more than $140,000.00 in grants to organizations impacting Isabella County.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midland County received $1,000.00 from the Kellogg Youth Fund to facilitate field trips and $1,000.00 from the Ralph and Sonja Baumgarth Family Fund to support site-based one-to-one mentoring.

Central Michigan University received $3,000.00 from the Coyne Family Fund for CMU Mobile Recreation: Play on the Way supplies and equipment.

City of Mt. Pleasant received $2,794.10 from the Healthy Youth Healthy Seniors Fund, $1,100.00 from the Ranck Family Fund and $663.90 from the Rapaport Family Fund to purchase automated external defibrillators to be installed in four city parks: Island Park, Sunnyside Park, Horizon Park, and Yost Park.

Coe Township received $3,334.00 from the Access to Recreation Fund and $1,500.00 from the Shepherd Community Fund in Honor of Robert Bates to purchase and install universally accessible picnic tables at Coe Township’s Federal Road Park.

Community Compassion Network received $1,306.28 from the William Ellis Brockman Infant Assistance Fund to purchase products that can be shared with struggling Isabella County families with infants and toddlers.

Cultural & Recreational Commission of Isabella County received $2,473.78 from the Richard Brandell and Joseph Sweeney Recreation Fund to sustain and develop youth programs at Morey Courts Recreation Center and the I.C.E. Arena.

The Dictionary Project received $1,800.00 from the Kiwanis Club of Mt. Pleasant Fund to provide a dictionary to all 3rd graders in Isabella County.

Friends of the Broadway received $660.15 from the Friends of the Broadway Fund to offset costs for the Louisell Family Band which played for the Beverly Hillbillies production. 

Gratiot County Parks and Recreation Program received $9,800.00 from the Mid-Michigan Community Pathways Fund to reimburse Gratiot County for funds spent on the design of Phase II of the Mid-Michigan Community Pathway.

Hopewell Ranch received $1,000.00 from the Access to Recreation Fund in support of Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International Certification.

Hospice of Central Michigan received $5,867.62 from the Dick and Mary Ellen Brandell Family Hospice House Fund, $1,236.02 from the Bob and Jeanne Long Hospice House Fund, $2,320.67 from the Lon Morey Family Hospice House Fund, $5,113.85 from the Bill and Dolores Myler Hospice House Fund, $1,003.85 from the Dennis and Sandra Olson Hospice House Fund, $902.27 from the Jim and Naomi Stark Hospice House Fund, $825.14 from the Bill and Janet Maar Strickler Hospice House Fund and $19,722.78 from the Hospice of Central Michigan Fund. This funding will support benevolent care.

Isabella Citizens for Health received $475.00 from the Kellogg Youth Fund to provide a safe and educational waiting room including easy to sanitize educational books and children’s seating.

Isabella County 911 & Emergency Management received $5,000.00 from the Fabiano Family Fund, $3,324.00 from the Bandit Industries Community Fund and $11,000 from the Community Impact Fund to upgrade radio consoles and improve radio communication.

Listening Ear Crisis Center received $20,000.00 from the Listening Ear Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Fund for the treatment of child sexual abuse in Isabella County.

Mid Michigan Community College received $5,000.00 from the Women’s Initiative Fund to host an 8th grade girls’ luncheon to emphasize options and opportunities in post-secondary education, with a focus on STEM.

Mt. Pleasant Public Schools received $663.15 from the MPPS Esther Kraus Peacemaking Fund that celebrated 184 kindergarten through high school students during the annual Peacemaking Ceremony.

Mt. Pleasant Public Schools received $1,414.00 from the LaBelle Family Fund to provide updates and improvements to the baseball complex.

Mt. Pleasant Public Schools received $1,350.00 from the Mt. Pleasant Business Professionals of America Fund to assist chapter members who competed at the BPA National Leadership Conference in Boston, MA in May.

Mt. Pleasant Public Schools received $1,500.00 from the Kellogg Youth Fund and 1,500.00 from the Jerry M. and Marilyn A. Morey Community Fund to partner with Michigan Reading Corps for one-on-one tutoring for K-2 students.

Mt. Pleasant Youth Football received $1,104.00 from the Kellogg Youth Fund and $1,335.00 from the Lon Morey Family Fund for new shoulder pads for 3rd and 4th grade athletes.

Museum of Cultural and Natural History at CMU received $10,000.00 from the John R. and Constance M. Harkins Community Fund for educational program development and to offset costs associated with outreach and busing for Mid-Michigan school children to experience the Museum.

Sacred Heart Academy received $1,560.00 from the Kellogg Youth Fund to purchase an online music curriculum providing sequential lessons and activities for students in grades K-5.

Shepherd Area Historical Society received $1,177.00 from the Shepherd Community Fund in Honor of Robert Bates to purchase sign easles, a TV and a DVD player and $3,823.00 from the Lon Morey Family Fund for building restoration/preservation.

Winn Area Activity Center received $1,680.00 from the Kellogg Youth Fund to provide students with electronic tablets to support their academic needs before and after school.

In total, the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation awarded $140,329.83 in its second grant cycle of 2016. Applications for the next competitive grant cycle are due September 28, 2016. For more information on grant eligibility, and ways to support the endowed funds that make these grants possible, visit www.mpacf.org.