FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 20, 2015


(Greenville) – The Greenville Area Community Foundation Board of Trustees is pleased to announce it recently awarded more than $174,000 in grants to Montcalm County non-profit organizations.

2016 grants were awarded to the following organizations:

  • $22,602 to Ionia Montcalm Secure and Friendly Environment (I.M. SAFE) Child Advocacy Center Start-up funding to establish a “secure and friendly environment” at the MAISD H.O. Steele Building where they can interview children, record their information, and consult with families of children highly suspected of being severely abused either physically or sexually.  Supported by the Ray & Mary Tower Family Fund
  • $13,945 to EightCAP, Inc. – To support the Montcalm Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program; a program that helps find safe, permanent homes for children who are involved in the court system due to abuse and neglect.  Supported by the Ray & Mary Tower Family Fund
  • $11,000 to Have Mercy – Grant to purchase and install a walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer for the Bread of Life Pantry.  Supported by the Ray & Mary Tower Family Fund
  • $5,084 to Have MercyGrant to provide shelter for homeless individuals and families over the winter months of 2016.  Supported by the Aggressive Tooling Fund
  • $3,838 to Relief After Violent Encounter – Ionia/Montcalm (RAVE) – Replace wooden bed frames with metal frames, which are easier to inspect for bedbugs and to sanitize for the health and comfort of shelter clients.  Supported by the Bill & Helen Braman Fund
  • $15,000 to Montcalm Area Reading Council (MARC)Funding to make available free literacy tutoring for all Montcalm County residents who seek assistance with basic literacy, English as Second Language and computer literacy skills.  Supported by the Bill & Harriette Cook Literacy Fund
  • $25,000 to EightCAP, Inc. – Funding to provide 100 “camperships” for individuals with disabilities to attend camp.  Supported by the Ash Community Improvement Fund and Stafford Fund for Community Enhancement
  • $2,796 to Women’s Action Network (WAN) – Funding 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
  • $4,825 to City of BeldingFunding to purchase and install a swing set at Central Riverside Park, Belding.  Supported by the Ash Community Improvement Fund
  • $10,000 to Montcalm Alano Club – Help the club expand its services to the community by providing equipment, books for clients and general operating support. The Montcalm Alano Club was formed in September 2014 to provide a community resource for people recovering from substance abuse disorder.  Supported by the Ash Community Improvement Fund
  • $1,900 to Community Hope Christian Counseling & Mental Health Center –Provides funding for two weekly groups for 24 weeks on substance abuse and self-esteem at the Greenville Middle School.  Supported by the Stafford Fund for Community Enhancement
  • $19,000 to Eureka Charter Township – Funding to purchase playground equipment at the Township Hall.  Supported by the Buescher Foundation Fund and the Reisch Family Memorial Fund for Children
  • $25,000 to Danish Festival, Inc.Help with the design and building of a new Danish Festival float.  Supported by the Ash Community Improvement Fund and Hank & Alice Walker Family Fund
  • $15,000 to Greenville Area Community Center Sponsorship of the Ash Cultural Event.  Supported by the Ash Community Improvement Fund

In total, the Greenville Area Community Foundation awarded $174,990 in its first grant cycle of 2016. The next opportunity to apply for a grant is the Spring Educational grant cycle which deadlines February 26, 2016. 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 .