FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 9, 2017

GREENVILLE AREA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION AWARDS OVER $428,000 IN GRANTS FOR 2018

(Greenville) – The Greenville Area Community Foundation (GACF) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce it recently awarded $408,072 in grants to area non-profit organizations in its first general grant cycle of 2018. Grants were awarded to twenty-two organizations from endowment funds held at the GACF.

Two grants went to Community Hope Christian Counseling & Mental Health Center:
• $4,663 for a new well. Supported by the Ray & Mary Tower Family Fund
• $6,000 to support their Hope Fund that provides low-cost counseling services for those who meet the criteria for this assistance. Supported by the Ray & Mary Tower Family Fund

Two grants went to Women’s Action Network WAN:
• $950 for an outreach project of the Montcalm Coalition Against Human Trafficking (MCAT). Supported by the Ray & Mary Tower Family Fund
• $2,796 to assist with The HatRack’s building and insurance expenses. The HatRack, a service project of the WAN, offers hats, wigs, hairpieces and scarves, free of charge for anyone who suffers from hair loss due to cancer or other diseases. Supported by the Ray & Mary Tower Family Fund

Three grants went to Greenville Recreation and Community Center:
• $14,376 to build a pickleball complex at the Greenville Area Community Center. Supported by the Access to Recreation Endowment Fund
• $15,156 to replace auditorium seats and create a more universally accessible space in the Community Center Theater.  Supported by the Ray & Mary Tower Family Fund, Tom & Christine Kohn Family Fund and the Creative Arts Fund
• $15,000 for the Greenville Area Community Center Ash Cultural Event. Supported by the Ash Community Improvement Fund

Additional organizations receiving grants:
$22,975 to Clay Street Center – Funding to build a barrier free bathroom and shower at the Center to meet personal care needs of their members and older adults in the community. Supported by the Bill & Helen Braman Fund and the Buescher Foundation Fund
$20,000 to Montcalm Area Reading Council (MARC) – Funding to make available free literacy tutoring for all Montcalm County residents. Supported by the Bill & Harriette Cook Literacy Fund
$50,000 to Montcalm Economic Alliance – Supports funding for The Right Place and economic development in Montcalm County. Supported by the Braman Family Fund
$2,823 to Camp Concordia – Funding to purchase emergency and recreational equipment for the camp. Supported by the Ray & Mary Tower Family Fund
$15,000 to Montcalm Alano Club – Help the club continue to expand its services to the community by providing help with lease, utilities, insurance and supplies. The Montcalm Alano Club was formed in September 2014 to provide a community resource for people recovering from substance abuse disorders. Supported by the Ray & Mary Tower Family Fund
$500 to Moose Creek Equine Therapeutic Resort – General support for the organization that uses horses as a healing agent promoting learning capabilities for the emotionally, mentally and physically challenged. Supported by the Reisch Memorial Fund for Children
$1,000 to Relief After Violent Encounter (RAVE) – Provide support to install a raised bed garden where victims of domestic and sexual violence can garden in a safe environment; helping them heal emotionally, mentally and physically. Supported by the Ray & Mary Tower Family Fund
$58,810 to City of Belding – Funding for a Basketball Court Reconstruction project at Central Riverside Park. Supported by the Ash Community Improvement Fund
$13,600 to Special Olympics Michigan (Area Six) – Help to pay for registration fees for Summer, Fall and Winter State events for Special Olympic adult athletes. Supported by the Ash Community Improvement Fund
$5,518 to United Way Montcalm/Ionia Counties – Funding to purchase a new or refurbished multipurpose printer. Supported by the Ash Community Improvement Fund and the Ranney Family Fund
$25,000 to Randy’s House – Assistance with programs and various expenses associated with maintaining the program for individuals seeking long term recovery in the building of life skills necessary to re-integrate into society. Supported by the Ash Community Improvement Fund
$31,100 to Greenville Public Schools – USDA matching funds to secure bus cameras for the districts entire fleet of school buses to improve student safety and security. Supported by the Grace Sagendorf Education Fund
$20,000 to Have Mercy – to provide shelter and other support services for homeless individuals and families over the winter months of 2017. Supported by the Ash Community Improvement Fund, Stafford Fund for Community Enhancement and the Henry & Alice Walker Fund
$38,049 to GLC Hope Ministries (Straight Street Addiction Ministries) – Assist with programming and other expenses in 2018 for the residential recovery program that serves recovering drug addicts and alcoholics to give them a stable and structured environment. Supported by the Aggressive Tooling Fund and the GACF Unrestricted Fund
$16,524 to Belding Area Schools and the Mid-Michigan Migrant and EL Program – funding for an Out-Of-School Youth (OSY) Project in the Greenville area that provides English classes, cultural assimilation and support services to an underserviced, migrant out of school youth population. Supported by the Tom & Christine Kohn Family Fund and the Ash Community Improvement Fund
$12,650 to Greenville Optimist Club – Funding to replace the roof of the main lodge at the Greenville Optimist
Camp. Supported by the Ray & Mary Tower Family Fund and the Stafford Fund for Community Enhancement
$311 to Alpha Family Center of Greenville – Budget and money management curriculum for their Earn-While-You-Learn program. Supported by the Montcalm Financial Literacy Fund
$600 to County of Montcalm – Scholarship funding for Leadership Montcalm applicants who do not have budget funds or other access to funds for attendance. Supported by the Ray & Mary Tower Family Fund

The next opportunity to apply for a grant is the Spring Educational grant cycle which deadlines February 24, 2017. Non-profit, tax exempt organizations in the Greenville area can apply if their request has a strong educational component. For more information on grant eligibility, and ways to support the endowed funds that make these grants possible, visit www.gacfmi.org .

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