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 More Than $91,000

The Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation Board of Trustees recently awarded $91,232.52 in grants to organizations impacting Isabella County.

  • Art Reach of Mid Michigan received $848.45 from the W. Sidney and Judith French Smith Community Fund to support Art Walk Central 2017, an annual art competition and an art infusion that will take place August 3 - August 31, 2017.
  • Art Reach of Mid Michigan received $7,215 from the Jane McNamara and Louise Williams Fund to purchase a multi-function copier/printer.
  • Beal City Public Schools received $2,535.47 from the Beal City Education Fund to provide scholarships and enrichment grants.
  • Beal City Junior High Football received $1,564.16 from the Rocket Football Operating Fund to support low-income participants.
  • Beal City Public Schools received $3,500 from the Community Impact Fund and $700 from the Kellogg Youth Fund to replace six aging classroom data projectors with more efficient models.
  • Chippewa River District Library received $4,000 from the Access to Recreation Fund to purchase two barrier free picnic tables for the north courtyard at Veterans Memorial Library.
  • Chippewa River District Library received $741 from the Eckersley Library Endowment Fund to update DEG, ASVAB, SAT, and ACT test preparation materials available to patrons.
  • Christian Counseling of Mid Michigan received $2,500 from the Fabiano Family Fund and $2,500 from the Kellogg Youth Fund to provide counseling at a reduced rate to Isabella County families. This grant will target families with children and teens who could not otherwise afford counseling services. Many of these children and teens are from broken or merged family units. This grant will address mental health issues proactively by offering solutions through on-going counseling at reduced rates.
  • Christmas Outreach of Isabella County received $2,000 from the Hersee Family Fund, $1,000 from the John Neyer Family Fund, and $3,000 from the Women's Initiative Fund to purchase boots and coats during the sale season.
  • City of Mt. Pleasant received $1,526 from the Access to Recreation Fund to replace vandalized glass panels on the Mary Ellen Brandell Bridge on the Access to Adventure Trail.
  • Clothing, Inc. received $560 from the Staples Family Fund and $1,764 from the Weisenburger Family Fund to purchase storage containers and a computer.
  • Community Compassion Network received $969.22 from the David B. and Susan K. Keilitz Family Fund and $4,030.78 from the Mt. Pleasant Oil Industry Food Pantry Fund to provide 250 families with supplemental food assistance through the Mobile Food Pantry.
  • Community Compassion Network received $600 from the Kimber and Judy DeWitt Family Fund, $900 from the John P. and Ann S. Jensen Community Impact Fund, and $1,500 from the Kellogg Youth Fund to provide summer weekday lunches to elementary students who receive supplemental food through the Nutrition Club.
  • Community Compassion Network received $1,452.87 from the William Ellis Brockman Infant Assistance Fund to purchase diapers at wholesale prices to be distributed by the William Ellis Brockman Infant Pantry.
  • Foster Closet of Michigan received $1,000 from the Kellogg Youth Fund and $1,000 from the Women's Initiative Fund to provide more than 25 teen girls with new clothing.
  • Isabella County Parks and Recreation received $6,000 from the Access to Recreation Fund to provide ADA accessible beach equipment for Herrick and Coldwater Parks.
  • Isabella County Restoration House received $3,066.38 from the Denison Unrestricted Fund and $2,933.62 from the Kay Smith Family Fund to provide guest transportation for two seasons. This grant will pay for buses to transport guests to participating churches from the intake center each evening and from the churches to the Isabella Community Soup Kitchen the following morning, as well as to shower facilities several times each week. In 2016, 90 individuals were served through the ICRH.
  • McLaren Central Michigan Hospital received $10,000 from the John R. and Constance M. Harkins Community Fund to support emergency room renovations.
  • Mt. Pleasant Public Schools received $300 from the Kellogg Youth Fund mini-grant program to purchase a cup stacking kit that will be incorporated into the physical education curriculum.
  • Mt. Pleasant Youth Football received $3,188.48 from the Rocket Football Operating Fund to support low-income participants.
  • Sacred Heart Academy received $700 from the Kellogg Youth Fund to bring in Janie Lynn Panagopoulos, a nationally known author of children’s historical fiction books, to speak to students about the importance of reading, writing, and history.
  • Shepherd Public Schools received $1,000 from the Shepherd Community Fund in Honor of Robert Bates to provide a safe and fun alternative for students after the 2017 prom.
  • Shepherd Public Schools received $1,309 from the Kellogg Youth Fund and $1,250 from the Shepherd Community Fund in Honor of Robert Bates to purchase a washer and dryer for the elementary school nurse’s office. This will benefit students who have bathroom accidents, become ill, or are otherwise in need of clean clothes or outerwear.
  • Shepherd Youth Football received $1,263.36 from the Rocket Football Operating Fund to support low income participants.
  • Special Olympics Michigan received $1,538.47 from the Special Olympics Michigan Fund to support the 2017 Summer Games.
  • St. Joseph the Worker received $2,900 from the Community Impact Fund, $6,800 from the Kellogg Youth Fund, and $3,000 from the Lon Morey Family Fund to purchase twenty laptops and a laptop charging cart for 90 students.
  • United Way of Gratiot and Isabella Counties received $3,549.15 from the United Way of Isabella County Fund and $3,155.06 from the Volunteer Center of Isabella County Fund to purchase software to support database conversion necessary with the merger of operations for the two counties.

Applications for the next competitive grant cycle are due May 24, 2017. For more information on grant eligibility, and ways to support the endowed funds that make these grants possible, visit www.mpacf.org.