People give through – not to – the Montcalm Panhandle Community Fund


The mission of the Montcalm Panhandle Community Fund is to enhance the quality of life in the four township area that comprises the panhandle of Montcalm County.

This includes the townships of Reynolds, Winfield, Pierson, and Maple Valley, and the communities therein. This will occur through the awarding of grants from permanently endowed funds.

The Montcalm Panhandle Community Fund began in December of 1999 with a modest goal of raising $5,000 to get the fund started. Since that time, fund assets have grown to more than $216,681 as of December 31, 2016. Local fund leaders hope to continue to build the fund so regular annual grants can continue to be awarded to the community.

The Panhandle Community Fund is working diligently to strengthen and expand its base of leadership and of donors in the four-township area in which it serves – Reynolds, Pierson, Winfield and Maple Valley. Presently, the six-member board of directors consists of Fred C. Plath, Cheryl & Richard Pease, Sally Nieto, and Barb & Bill Rollins. Interested members of the community are welcome to join the board, give to the funds or start their own.

In 2005, the first scholarship fund was started. It was the Pease Scholarship Fund and it awards the Pease Insurance Wrestling Scholarship, as well as, the Cheryl Pease Scholarship each year to students from the Tri County School District. New scholarship funds include the Randall L. Fisher Scholarship Fund, the Kyle Boss Memorial Aviation Scholarship Fund, the Dorothy Ravell Memorial Music Scholarship Fund, SETC Scholarship Fund (in memory of Shirley Elizabeth Tabaka), and the Montcalm Co. Panhandle Area Chamber of Commerce Robert M. Alger Scholarship Fund. The other two funds within the Montcalm Panhandle Community Fund’s family of funds is the Unrestricted Fund which can be used to meet any needs in the area, and the William & Barbara Rollins Family Fund, which is another unrestricted fund.


Montcalm Panhandle Community Fund Grant Cycle

For all area non-profits in the Montcalm County panhandle area that have programs or projects that address the community’s cultural, educational, social, health, environmental and recreational concerns.

DECISION: September 2017


For more information about giving to the Montcalm Panhandle Community Fund contact Fred C. Plath by email  at or phone at 231.937.6758, or Richard Pease, Pease Insurance Agency by email at, or phone at 231.937.4141