FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  November 8, 2016

GREENVILLE AREA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION AWARDS OVER $343,000 IN GRANTS FOR 2017

(Greenville) – The Greenville Area Community Foundation (GACF) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce it recently awarded $343,948 in grants to Montcalm County non-profit organizations in its first grant cycle of 2017.  Grants were awarded to sixteen organizations from endowment funds held at the GACF.

Two grants went to EightCAP, Inc.:  

  • $34,124 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
  • 2,500 to EightCAP, Inc. – Funding for a Foster Grandparent Summer Reading Program for elementary students within Greenville Public Schools. Foster Grandparents are seniors 55 years of age or older that meet income eligibility guidelines. They volunteer in schools, head start centers, and other community-based sites that provide programming for children. They are role models, mentors, and friends to children with special and exceptional needs. EightCAP, Inc. administers the Foster Grandparent program.  Supported by the Ray & Mary Tower Family Fund and the Reisch Family Memorial Fund for Children

Two grants went to Have Mercy:

  • $15,000 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, Ray & Mary Tower Family Fund, Aggressive Tooling Fund and the Stafford Fund for Community Enhancement
  • $4,500 to replace the existing lower roof over Have Mercy’s office space.  Supported by the Unrestricted Fund

Two grants went to the City of Belding:

  • $1,065 to place safe, certified Engineered Wood Fiber at all play structures.  Supported by the Ash Community Improvement Fund
  • $1,550 to replace all sports nets in Central Riverside Park.  Supported by the Ash Community Improvement Fund

Five grants went to the City of Greenville and Greenville Area Community Center:

  • $70,250 for matching funds for a State grant to purchase and install two universally-accessible kayak launches in the Flat River – one in Greenville and one in Belding.  Supported by the Access to Recreation Project Fund
  • $33,750 for matching funds for a State grant to create a splash pad and parking in Tower Riverside Park.  Supported by the Access to Recreation Endowment Fund, Access to Recreation Project Fund and the Bill & Helen Braman Fund
  • $15,000 to provide a safe portage passage around the Franklin Street Dam for users of the Flat River. The project includes signage, safety ropes and railing, and riprap to enhance safety; and clearing an opening, providing stairs and walkway to pass under the Franklin Street bridge to the lower water.   Supported by the Buescher Foundation Fund and Ray & Mary Tower Family Fund
  • $13,540 to fund a new, state of the art wireless LED digital marquee for the Community Center that will allow them to effectively communicate and inform the public of upcoming events and important city-related information.  Supported by the Ash Community Improvement Fund
  • $15,000 for the Greenville Area Community Center Ash Cultural Event. Blanche Ash gave instructions in her estate plans directing the GACF to support this event each year. Supported by the Ash Community Improvement Fund

Additional organizations receiving grants:

$28,000 to Randy’s House – Assistance with start-up costs/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 Unrestricted Fund, Buescher Foundation Fund and Ash Community Improvement Fund

$16,000 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

$50,000 to Montcalm County 4-H Fair Association – help the Association build a permanent bath house within the campground area of the Fair property, helping them “take one more step” in realizing their dream of a new fully-equipped fairground facility.  Supported by the Ash Community Improvement Fund

$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

$2,823 to Camp Concordia Funding to purchase new recreational equipment including kayaks and paddles, a tennis net and pickle ball paddles.  Supported by the Bill & Helen Braman Fund

$8,000 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 Ash Community Improvement Fund

$5,000 to Community Hope Christian Counseling & Mental Health Center – Support for their Hope Fund that provides low-cost counseling services for those who meet the criteria for this assistance.  Supported by the Aggressive Tooling Fund and Bill & Helen Braman Fund

$5,000 to Montcalm County Great Start Collaborative (MAISD fiduciary) – Provide support for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program, a literacy-based school readiness program that sends one book per month to each enrolled child in the Greenville Area School District.  Supported by the Ash Community Improvement Fund

$12,800 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 Ray & Mary Tower Family Fund, Stafford Fund for Community Enhancement and Ash Community Improvement Fund

$5,250 to Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation Help with funding for an updated printer system for Foundation office use. Supported by the Buescher Foundation Fund

$2,000 to Greenville Public Schools Support for their Opportunities for Success Fund that fulfills a student’s need that might otherwise go unmet, and to help make the student more successful in their educational environment.  Supported by the Stafford Fund for Community Enhancement

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 .