Schoolcraft foundation awards grants

MANISTIQUE — The Schoolcraft County Community Foundation Board of Directors approved five grant awards totaling $4,091 in its spring grant round on May 1.

Approved were three Youth Advisory Council recommendations to be paid from the Kellogg Fund: $1,000 to the Schoolcraft County 4-H Fire Explorers Club to purchase safety apparel for students participating in the club; $300 to the Manistique Merchants Association and Manistique Recreation Department to purchase water coolers and Little Tykes basketball sets for the Cedar Street Slam; and $1,400 to Manistique Area Schools The Grind Coffee House to purchase equipment for the student-run business.

The SCCF grant committee also recommended approval of two grants: $1,000 to the Schoolcraft County Sheriff’s Department to help purchase equipment for the Life Tracker Program to come from the Unrestricted Fund; and $691 to the Manistique Senior Center to purchase t-shirts and jackets for center volunteers to come from the Senior Center Fund.

In addition to the spring grants, the SCCF board awarded scholarships at its May meeting. The SCCF board awarded the Matthew Villemure Memorial Scholarship, for $500, to Kyle Taylor, who carries a 3.5 GPA and will be studying welding at Bay College. There were three applications for that scholarship.

The Robert Hughes Memorial Scholarship, also for $500, was awarded to Taylor Holmberg, who will be taking a health care course at Northern Michigan University. There were 12 applicants for that scholarship.

Two Prine Scholarships were awarded again this year, one to Jade Dibble, who will study mathematics secondary education at NMU, and the other to Amanda Menominee who will study early childhood education at Lake Superior State University. Each scholarship is for $2,000. There were 17 applications for that scholarship.

In addition to 15 designated, or “donor advised,” funds, the community foundation may provide mini-grants from an unrestricted fund. The community foundation awards grants twice a year, in May and November. Deadlines for applications are March 31 and September 30 of each year. Applicants are asked to use the SCCF application form, which can be downloaded from our Facebook page or picked up at the Pioneer Tribune office.

Over the past decade, the foundation has given more than $132,000 to local organizations.

For more information on contributing to the Schoolcraft County Community Foundation or applying for a mini-grant, write to the foundation at P.O. Box 452, Manistique, MI 49854 or e-mail at sccommunityfoundation@gmail.com.

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