The Directors of the Montcalm Panhandle Community Fund (MPCF) are very pleased to announce two grant awards for 2019.

The first grant was to the Village of Howard City in the amount of $672 and was intended to assist them with the placement of a time capsule to be opened in 50 years and will include photo’s, maps, brochure’s etc. from the recent sesquicentennial event celebrating the 150-year history of Howard City. Pictured here are Richard Pease, one of the directors of the fund and Michael Falcon, Howard City Village President.

The second grant was a $2,500 award to the United Way of Montcalm/Ionia County to assist them with some of the cost involved in updating the 211 and MI Bridges system. These systems help local residents connect with a variety of services and resources within the community that help in providing basic human needs. Pictured here are Darcy Brown and Terri Legg of United Way, and Fred C. Plath, one of the directors of the Montcalm Panhandle Community Fund. (MPCF).

The MPCF was formed in 1999 and is an affiliate fund of the Greenville Area Community Foundation. It has issued more than $62,000 of grants from its general fund since its inception. It has accumulated $285,000 in its general fund and donor advised funds through September 30th, 2018. The funds provide grants annually for education, scholarships, community improvement projects and other non-profit purposes for the townships of Reynolds, Winfield, Maple Valley and Pierson and the communities therein.

Donations to the MPCF are eligible for a federal tax deduction and help to build a legacy within the local community. Donations can be made payable to the Montcalm Panhandle Community Fund at PO Box 596, Howard City, Michigan 49329. For information on how to consider building this legacy through will and estate planning, or for any other questions about the fund, please feel free to call (231) 937-6758 or (231) 937-4141.