FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 5, 2016 

GREENVILLE YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL AWARDS OVER $45,000 IN GRANTS FOR 2016

(Greenville) – The Greenville Youth Advisory Council (GYAC) and the Greenville Area Community Foundation (GACF) Board of Trustees are pleased to announce grants totaling $45,843 to non-profit organizations for 2016. 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 22 years ago, the youth have awarded over $717,000 to area organizations.

2016 grants were awarded to the following from the Kellogg Youth Fund:

  • $3,000 to Special Olympics Area Six Funding to help pay for the cost of ski and snowboard rentals for approximately 110 Greenville k-12th grade students in the Special Education Cognitively Impaired program, as well as, send children and adults to the Special Olympics State Competition in February 2016.
  • $5,128 to Greenville High School Media Center – Provides Chromebooks as a resource to students that need to complete independent work throughout the day at the GHS Media Center.
  • $1,405 to Greenville Public Schools “Z” Club – Funding to improve and expand the Juggling Club.
  • $2,887 to Greenville Public Schools – Startup funds for the purchase of Nutrislice, a web-based program, for the Food & Nutrition Department. The program will provide Greenville Public Schools students and parents an interactive menu that includes nutrition information, ingredient lists, allergen filters, carbohydrate counts and more.
  • $505 to Greenville Middle School – Provides sets of books with strong female characters to help boost confidence and self-esteem in sixth grade students in the “Mighty Girls and Guys Book Club.”
  • $1,000 to Greenville High School – Help with transportation to Science Olympiad tournaments for club participants.
  • $4,704 to Greenville Recreation Department – Funding to relocate the existing nine hole disc golf course at Alan G. Davis Park to Tower Park and add an additional nine baskets to create a complete 18-hole course.
  • $19,620 to Second Harvest Gleaners of West Michigan – Fund three 5,000 pound mobile food pantries per month in Greenville for a 12 month period.
  • $5,319 to Walnut Hills Elementary – Funding for classroom libraries in the k-3rd grade Chinese Immersion classrooms at Walnut Hills.
  • $1,772 to Baldwin Heights Elementary – Provides audio books for struggling readers allowing students to read the same books as their peers.
  • $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, 2016. More information can be found at the Greenville Area Community Foundation website, www.gacfmi.org, or email Amy O’Brien at amy@gacfmi.org.