FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCTOBER 31, 2017

NEARLY $40,000 IN GRANTS AWARDED TO AREA AGENCIES FOR CHILDREN’S HEALTH CARE PROGRAMS IN 2018

(Greenville) –The Greenville Area Community Foundation (GACF) Board awarded grants from the Meijer Children’s Health Care Fund in October for a total of $39,594 to projects and programs that will provide disadvantaged Montcalm County children much needed health care services.

Awards were given to the following:
• $15,000 to Spectrum Health Foundation for the United Lifestyles Child Passenger Safety Program – Funds will provide access to safety seats and child passenger safety education for approximately 200 financially-qualifying families in Montcalm County in its Maternal and Infant Health Program.
• $10,000 to Michigan Center for 21st Century Teaching & Learning for IM Kids 3rd Meal – Funding will purchase food for the program, allowing them to continue to increase the number of food-insecure students being served in Montcalm County Schools.
• $14,594 to EightCAP, Inc. for Greenville Optimist Camp – Funding will help cover expenses related to the health care of individuals with disabilities or who come from at-risk homes, while they are at camp.

The Meijer Children’s Health Care Fund was developed in late 2005 as the result of a collaborative effort of community-minded people and organizations including The Meijer Foundation, Spectrum Health United & Kelsey Hospitals Foundation, the Mid-Michigan District Health Department, the Greenville Area Community Foundation, as well as, the Federal Government. The fund’s purpose is to provide healthcare services, including educational services, to economically disadvantaged children living within the Montcalm County area through indigent care programs.

For information on grant eligibility, grant deadlines and ways to support the endowed funds that make these grants possible, visit www.gacfmi.org.