FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 12, 2014

(Greenville) – This year marks 25 years of existence and 25 years of generosity to the Greenville Area Community Foundation (GACF) from local community members, businesses, and individuals from around the country.  Because of that commitment to the Greenville area, once again a large number of impactful projects were able to be funded by the GACF Board of Trustees in October.  Twenty-three different organizations will receive a total of $249,692 from 13 endowment funds in 2015.

‘It’s a great pleasure for us to be able to help area non-profits continue their ‘good works’ for the betterment of everyone in our community,” says GACF Grant Committee Chair Dr. John O’Donald.

2015 grants were awarded to the following:

$22,500 to Montcalm Economic Alliance (Montcalm Community College fiduciary)- To contribute to the three year contract with The Right Place to drive economic development in Montcalm County.
Supported by the GACF Unrestricted Fund, Hank & Alice Walker Fund and Ranney Family Fund

$10,300to Downtown Development Authority (DDA) of Greenville – To support Greenville Community’s Marketing Plan through funding of banners on downtown area lamp posts and a promotional video.
Supported by the GACF Unrestricted Fund

$500 to First United Methodist Church – Funds to purchase bike helmets to go along with the bikes that they give out at Christmas to disadvantaged children.
Supported by the Reisch Family Memorial Fund for Children

$5,000 to Greenville Area Ecumenical Food Mission – Funds to purchase food and food vouchers for the food mission so that they are able to serve those in the community in need of food.
Supported by the Stafford Fund for Community Enhancement and Ray & Mary Tower Family Fund

$18,413 to Greenville Area Community Center – Replace outdated theater/stage curtains with new, fire retardant drapery, upgrade the audio system to better maximize the function of their existing equipment and to service other portions of the building.
Supported by the Ash Community Improvement Fund and Creative Arts Fund

$14,058 to Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department – Police dog, training, and related equipment for the Sheriff’s Department Canine Program. This dog replaces K9 Rex who had to retire recently because of health issues.
Supported by the Buescher Foundation Fund

$15,000 to Montcalm Area Reading Council – Funding to provide free literacy tutoring to Montcalm County residents who need help with basic literacy, math, GED preparation, citizenship and English as Second Language skills.
Supported by the Bill & Harriette Cook Literacy Fund

$1,700 to Camp Concordia – Purchase recreation equipment including canoe paddles, boat oars, archery targets, faces and practice arrows for children, youth and families who utilize Camp Concordia.
Supported by Ray & Mary Tower Family Fund

$1,320 to Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore – Funding to purchase an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) for Camp Anna Behrens.
Supported by the Ray & Mary Tower Family Fund

$13,122 to City of Greenville – Purchase bike racks to be placed at three City buildings and the six City parks to provide parking facilities at public buildings and around the City to accommodate riders using the Fred Meijer Flat River and Heartland trails.
Supported by the Buescher Foundation Fund and the Bill & Helen Braman Fund

$1,570 to Flat River Historical Society & Museum – Purchase and install a changeable sign (extruded aluminum) outside the museum to advertise the Corporate Sponsor of the Month.
Supported by the Ray & Mary Tower Family Fund

$16,335 to Spectrum Health Foundation – Provides funding for the Project Save Our Children (PSOC) visits to Greenville, Montabella, Carson City-Crystal, Vestaburg and Belding.  PSOC is a proactive approach to preventing distracted teenage driving for high school students in Montcalm County and surrounding areas.
Supported by the Ash Community Improvement Fund

$16,741 to Danish Cultural Center of Greenville – Will fund needed building updates to the Danish Brotherhood and Sisterhood Hall to meet building codes.
Supported by the Ray & Mary Tower Family Fund

$35,989 to Mid-Michigan District Health Department – Expansion of the Montcalm Area Community-Based Dental Clinic to increase capacity to provide oral health services to people enrolled in Medicaid, low-income people and the uninsured.
Supported by the Bill & Helen Braman Fund, Meijer Children’s Health Care Fund and Ash Community Improvement Fund

$14,930 to Greenville Recreation Department – Acquire three outdoor softball scoreboards for Alan G. Davis Park softball fields.
Supported by the Ash Community Improvement Fund

$5,000 to Danish Festival, Inc. – Help with the purchase of the supplies needed to build a new storage building.
Supported by the Ash Community Improvement Fund

$9,200 to Greenville Chamber of Commerce Foundation– To support the Chamber’s Capital Campaign.
Supported by the Ash Community Improvement Fund

$7,000 to Friends of Forest Home Cemetery – To contract with an experienced preservationist to repair, level, clean and straighten the headstones in the old cemetery section of Forest Home Cemetery.
Supported by the Ray & Mary Tower Family Fund

$4,000 to Magnus Serentis 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge Club – To fund camping and hiking equipment for this new 4-H Club.
Supported by the Ash Community Improvement Fund

$10,000 to Spectrum Health Foundation – 3rd installment on a pledge to the United for Health Campaign.
Supported by the Ray & Mary Tower Family Fund

$2,000 to GLC Hope Ministries – Building or operating expenses as needed.
Supported by the Aggressive Tooling Fund

2,500 to Have Mercy – General building or housing expenses as needed.
Supported by the Aggressive Tooling Fund

$15,000 to Greenville Area Community Center – Sponsorship of the Ash Cultural Event.
Supported by the Ash Community Improvement Fund

$7,514 to Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind – Financial support for education and recreation programs for the blind and visually impaired.
Supported by the Ash Community Improvement Fund

The next opportunity to apply for a grant is the Spring Educational grant cycle which deadlines February 27, 2015.  Non-profit, tax exempt organizations in the Greenville area can apply if their request has a strong educational component.  Call Amy O’Brien, Director Grants & Communications at the GACF at 616.754.2640 for more information or go to www.gacfmi.org for an application.