(Greenville) – The Greenville Youth Advisory Council (GYAC) and the Greenville Area Community Foundation (GACF) Board of Trustees are pleased to announce grants totaling $54,098 to non-profit organizations for 2017. Grants are awarded from the Kellogg Youth Fund.

Grant funding to provide counseling and education to adolescents who have been affected by addiction, to bring Junior Achievement blended learning to Greenville Middle School, support for a program that pairs mentors with young freshman women to help empower them and increase their self-esteem and sense of value, and funds to maintain and upgrade the Greenville Community Garden are just some of the many grants awarded to a number of non-profit organizations throughout the area this year.

A complete list of 2017 grants awarded from the Kellogg Youth Fund include:

  • $3,000 to Special Olympics Area Six – Funding to help pay for the cost of ski and snowboard rentals for approximately 110 Greenville k-12th grade students in the Special Education Cognitively Impaired program, as well as, send children and adults to the Special Olympics State Competition in February 2017.
  • $10,000 to Montcalm Alano Club – Funding to provide counseling and education to adolescents who have been affected by addiction within their family and/or friends of the family, and childcare services to single parents while they attend support meetings and other functions.
  • $1,035 to Greenville Middle School – Funds the printing of a Middle School newspaper three times during the school year.
  • $900 to Greenville High School – Funding to host two programs from the Central Michigan University Sexual Assault Peer Advocates group to Greenville High School to bring awareness to sexual assault and to give upperclassmen the tools of prevention.
  • $982 to Greenville High School – Funding to purchase new, improved personal protective equipment (helmets, safety glasses, face shields and gloves) for students in the machine tooling and welding lab.
  • $4,227 to Greenville High School – Supports The Lotus Project, a program that pairs mentors with young women (freshman) to help empower them and increase their self-esteem and sense of value.
  • $3,004 to Baldwin Heights Elementary School PTO – Funding to purchase an ADA compliant playground piece of equipment for ages 2-5 which meets the needs of the new preschool program established at Baldwin Heights Elementary.
  • $900 to Baldwin Heights Elementary – Provides funding to build a library of high-interest/low level books to strengthen the self-esteem and reading achievement in third through fifth grade students who are struggling to read grade level texts.
  • $2,500 to Montcalm Care Network – Funding to maintain and upgrade the Greenville Community Garden which is currently overseen by the Heartland Clubhouse.
  • $1,528 to St. Charles Catholic School – Grant will help the school children to create a school garden that will encourage healthy lifestyles, elaborate on existing school curriculum, help supply food to God’s Kitchen and feed needy individuals within the parish/school families.
  • $5,000 to Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes – Funding to deliver Junior Achievement’s Blended Learning programming to 250 Middle School students.
  • $4,000 to Moose Creek Equine Therapeutic Resort – Funds the purchase of specialized safety, educational, sensory objects and riding equipment, for children with special needs.
  • $647 to Spectrum Health Foundation – provides 70 bike helmets to Spectrum Health United Hospital to give out to youth at the Danish Festival Health Fair.
  • $15,000 to Mount Calvary Christian Preschool and Child Care – Funding to purchase and install a safe, adequate playground structure.
  • $872 to Baldwin Heights Elementary – Adds a classroom set of Legos to the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) lab at the school. The goal of the STEAM lab is to provide space and materials for students to problem solve real life issues.
  • $500 to Education Foundation of Greenville – Sponsorship of the Yellow Jacket Challenge event.

The GYAC provides real life experiences for members as they participate in the grant making process and community service projects. The group has been in existence since 1993 when a challenge grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation was secured and matching money was raised. Locally, enough money was raised to qualify for the top $1 million gift from the Kellogg Foundation to endow the Youth Fund. The GYAC members use earnings from the Fund to award grants that benefit youth-related needs in the community.  Members of this very active and involved group from Greenville High School & Middle School are learning first-hand about the importance of community involvement and philanthropy. Since its inception 23 years ago, the youth have awarded nearly $772,000 to area organizations.