Oceana County Grants awarded

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The Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) recently approved grant awards to a variety of community organizations in support of projects throughout Oceana County. A total of $16,919 was awarded.

CFOC’s Fall Grant Round include support for:

  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Lakeshore – $1,750 to provide one-to-one mentoring for children facing adversity, matching Shelby High School students with elementary students.

  • Caritas Food Pantry – $400 to purchase a locking cleaning supply cabinet, to meet Feeding America food distribution guidelines.

  • Fountain Hill Center for Counseling – $2,100 to strengthen and expand current court-related service programs, including CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program and Family Support Services program, for families facing dissolution and general population parenting education classes.

  • Goodwill Industries of West Michigan – $2,000 to help fund staff and volunteers for the Oceana Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, including service learning opportunities for college students to gain workplace skills.

  • Ludington & Scottville Area Chambers – $3,750 to support the development of a regional recreational trail plan, as match for a Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development Grant.

  • Ronald McDonald House of Western MI – $2,000 to provide room, board and support services at no cost to Oceana families, who are seeking critical medical or mental health care for children (birth to 21 years) in Grand Rapids.

  • Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association – $1,000 to supply materials to rework and stabilize the deck in front of the Little Sable Lighthouse, used for concerts and for historical interpretation materials.

  • Shelby Public Schools/Thomas Read Elementary – $2,919 to provide K-5 students practice with coding and music, by combining STEM and Music in a project based specials classroom.

  • United Way of the Lakeshore – $1,000 to support the development of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Oceana, to help increase literacy proficiency of recipients (birth to 5 years).

Community Foundation Oceana County is currently comprised of 134 funds, totaling $11.7 million in assets.
“We truly want and need to do more, but are limited by the small size of our Community Investment Fund. The Foundation’s goal is to double the size of this endowment fund to $500,000, which would generate an additional $10,000 annually to meet grant requests.” said Grant Committee Chair Garry McKeen.
The Foundation has an opportunity to match gifts up to $25,000 until December 31.
Area nonprofits can apply for the next round of grants, due March 30, 2018.

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