FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 19, 2014

(Greenville) – The Greenville Youth Advisory Council (GYAC) and the Greenville Area Community Foundation (GACF) Board of Trustees are pleased to announce grants totaling $50,492 to non-profit organizations for 2015. Grants are awarded from the Kellogg Youth Fund.

The GYAC provides real life experiences for members as they participate in the grant making process and community service projects. The group has been in existence since 1993 when a challenge grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation was secured and matching money was raised. Locally, enough money was raised to qualify for the top $1 million gift from the Kellogg Foundation to endow the Youth Fund. The GYAC members use earnings from the Fund to award grants that benefit youth-related needs in the community.  Members of this very active and involved group from Greenville High School & Middle School are learning first-hand about the importance of community involvement and philanthropy. Since its inception 21 years ago, the youth have awarded over $672,000 to area organizations.

2015 grants were awarded to the following from the Kellogg Youth Fund:

  • $4,000 to Special Olympics Area SixFunding to help pay for the cost of ski and snowboard rentals for approximately 110 Greenville K-12 students in the Special Education Cognitively Impaired program, as well as, send children and adults to the Special Olympics State Competition in February 2015.
  • $3,000to Greenville High School Media Center – Provides reading materials of interest and appropriate reading level for students reading at least four grade-levels below their current grade.
  • $2,500 to Greenville Middle School – Funds to replace the old Middle School Choirs student uniforms.
  • $1,484 to Greenville Area Community Center – A digital keyboard for use during Community Center performances, theater and musical rehearsals and music lessons.
  • $2,300 to City of Greenville Recreation Department – Youth soccer equipment to improve current and future soccer programs.
  • $3,000 to Walnut Hills Elementary (Greenville) – Purchase resources and supplies to successfully teach and encourage 4th and 5th grade girls to tackle the daily pressures they face, through a program called Project BLOOM.
  • $974 to Greenville High School – Weight room equipment.
  • $8,288 to Montcalm Area Intermediate School District – Provide free vision screenings to local elementary students throughout Montcalm County with the use and purchase of a PediaVision Spot Camera.
  • $9,165 to Greenville High School – Purchase a sound system for the cafeteria to provide enhanced experience for extra student activities that are held there.
  • $6,865 to Greenville High School – Create a New One Act Theatre Festival for Greenville Public School students, and Montcalm/Kent County students to be hosted at Greenville High School.
  • $5,000 to Greenville High/Middle Schools – Purchase furniture to incorporate new spaces for students to work in while in the Media Centers.
  • $2,916.50 to Greenville High School – Funds to provide High School teachers and students the access to die-cutting machine and colored paper in order to improve climate and unity of the building.
  • $500 to Learning to Give (a supporting organization of the Council of Michigan Foundations) – Help in funding an upgrade for the Learning to Give website.
  • $500 to Education Foundation of Greenville – Sponsorship of the Yellow Jacket Challenge event.

The next opportunity to apply for a grant from the Greenville Youth Advisory Council will be November, 2015. More information can be found at the Greenville Area Community Foundation website, www.gacfmi.org, or email Amy O’Brien at amy@gacfmi.org.