Grants Approved 4th Quarter 2015

Bay/Midland Chapter: Pheasants Forever - $15,000

The Bay/Midland Chapter of Pheasants Forever will purchase new equipment, including a tractor, trailer and native grass drill to assist with their conservation efforts.  Pheasants Forever has impacted over 4,000 acres in the Great Lakes Bay Region to date.

Midland Community Cancer Services - $40,000

By working with the MidMichigan Health Infusion Center and Radiation/Oncology Department, Cancer Services can recruit more clients in need living in Midland and the Great Lakes Bay Region. Grant dollars will be used to expand their programming and impact more families in need by providing financial assistance for urgent non-medical needs.

The Dahlia Hill Society of Midland - $5,601

With this grant, Dahlia Hill will add their name to the permanent way-finding signage in Midland. They will also purchase signage on-site to inform visitors about parking and provide educational information about the garden.

Midland Fire Department - $15,000

The Midland Fire Department will utilize these grant dollars to purchase a new trailer and related equipment to store and transport technical rescue operations gear for trench rescues, high angle rescues, building collapses and construction site emergencies. 

Grants Approved 3rd Quarter 2015

The ROCK Center for Youth Development - $40,000

ROCK Exposure program expansion
Rock Exposure is a middle and high school educational program meant to build tangible life skills, provide relevant tools, and empower teens to create a vision and plan for their future. Grant dollars will allow the program to expand to Coleman & Meridian schools.

Greater Midland Community Centers - $40,000

Wellness Concierge initiative
In collaboration with MidMichigan Health, Greater Midland is launching an innovative initiative to improve the health of individuals who struggle most by working with local health care providers to create an overall health improvement plan for patients.

The Greater Michigan Construction Academy - $40,000

Technology Lab
In order to prepare the next generation of skilled trades professionals, GMCA will equip classrooms with computers, projection devices, screens and iPads. The technology will allow students to receive enhanced training  in construction and skilled trades.

Midland Area Homes - $8,000

Cost-benefit study
Midland Area Homes will work with Saginaw Valley State University to develop a cost-benefit validation study to determine whether a relocation would benefit the community and improve operations enough for stakeholders to invest in the endeavor.

Ten16 Recovery Network - $18,106

CReW Project
The Center for Recovery and Wellness (CReW) project will expand both the capacity and breadth of substance use disorder services for the community. By integrating prevention, outreach, early intervention and outpatient/peer support services, CReW offers proven solutions to the issue of drug and alcohol abuse.

Pinecrest Farms - $18,722

Safety Initiative
Phase one of the Pinecrest Farms safety initiative will focus on physical activity to improve the health and reduce the number of falls for residents of Pinecrest Farms, a long-term care facility in Midland. Funds will be used to purchase exercise equipment appropriate for an elderly group.

Little Forks Conservancy - $12,800

Backyard & Business Conservation
Conservation@Home and Conservation@Work are two programs that encourage sustainable land use and recognize homeowners and businesses who adopt sound conservation practices. Funds from this grant will be used to expand the program.

Perceptions - $10,000

Diversity Choir
Perceptions will create the first-ever inclusive and diverse choir  in the Great Lakes Bay Region. The goal of the choir is to visually and musically offer, project and promote the importance of inclusion and diversity.

Grants Approved 2nd Quarter 2015

The Arc of Midland Bike Camp attendees learn to ride a two wheel bicycle in just one day.

The Arc of Midland Bike Camp attendees learn to ride a two wheel bicycle in just one day.

  • The Arc of Midland - $10,000

These funds will help with The Arc’s Bike Camp, a one week program designed for children with developmental disabilities who have not been able to successfully learn to ride a two wheel bike. At the completion of the program, each student is capable of riding on two wheels.

  • Chippewa Nature Center - $7,500

This grant will help fund the expansion of Chippewa Nature Center’s staff-led nature and historical hikes to individuals with limited mobility challenges or other health issues. With the purchase of two 8-passenger golf carts, the Chippewa Nature Center will be able to offer wildflower, bird, fall color and historical tours to more people.

  • Chippewa Watershed Conservancy - $1,600

This grant will assist in the production of a print-ready map of the Pine River from Alma to the Chippewa Nature Center. The map will show visitors safe places to launch and take out canoes and kayaks, promoting safe and enjoyable river recreation in mid-Michigan.

  • Midland County Habitat for Humanity - $25,000

In partnership with several local churches, Midland County Habitat for Humanity will identify homes needing repairs done that would not otherwise be made due to lack of funds. The funding from this grant will help to revitalize members of the congregations’ homes or friends and family of those that attend the congregations. 

  • Lincoln Township - $6,575

In collaboration with the American Legion Post 443, Lincoln Township will bring the Vietnam Moving Wall to the community of Sanford from July 13-18, 2016. This half-size replica of the Washington D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial is known as the “Healing Wall” and is an opportunity for those who have a connection to honor those who died in service to our country. 

  • Midland Area Transportation Study - $11,600

This grant will help fund the study of public transportation in Midland County. The study will review existing transportation services, conduct an assessment of community transportation needs, identify and prioritize any unmet needs, suggest practical potential service and/or organizational improvements and provide proposed implementation plans.

  • Midland Charter Township - $40,000

These funds will help in the design and construction of an 8 foot wide trail from Whiting Overlook Park to Bullock Creek Elementary School. This half-mile trail will be an extension of the trail network to the north and west connecting to the Tridge and the Chippewa Nature Center. It is also part of the route of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail which connects Midland, Bay City and Saginaw.

  • Midland County Council on Aging (Senior Services) - $14,000

In order to create a more comfortable environment for staff and clients using the northeast wing of the Senior Services building, these funds will help with the addition of an air lock enclosure to the building entrance. The added enclosure will block the prevailing wind and help keep extreme heat and cold out of the northeast wing of the building. 

Grants Approved 1st Quarter 2015

The Leiphart School House located on the Midland County Fairgrounds will receive $20,000 toward their renovation project.

The Leiphart School House located on the Midland County Fairgrounds will receive $20,000 toward their renovation project.

  • Midland Public Schools - $27,000

These funds will be utilized to help launch the International Baccalaureate Career-related Program (IBCP) at both Midland and Dow high schools. IBCP encourages high school students to prepare for careers through Career-Technical Education (CTE) and International Baccalaureate (IB) classes.

  • Sanford Youth League - $25,000

A collaborative project between the Sanford Youth League, Village of Sanford and Disability Network of Mid-Michigan, this project will add ADA accessibility to the Village of Sanford Park baseball diamonds for both players and spectators. Once completed, a new Challenger League will be established for players with physical or developmental challenges.

  • Midland County Fairgrounds - $20,000

This grant will help fund the restoration of the Leiphart School House. The one-room school, originally built in 1881, is in need of major repairs to restore functionality. Once renovated, the house can be utilized for functions such as reunions, weddings, showers, craft shows and other gatherings at the Midland County fairgrounds.

  • Junior Achievement - $10,000

This grant will bring the Junior Achievement programs to Coleman Elementary School. The “JA in a Day” concept will be utilized to ensure volunteer involvement. The program will impact all 23 classrooms, which includes 575 students, and will become ongoing after the initial grant.

  • West Midland Family Center - $10,000

These funds will assist with a partial renovation of the WMFC Childcare Center. WMFC plans to add an additional restroom and remove a portion of a wall to create a larger room in the childcare center. Enhancing this space will increase their ability to provide care for additional children and better serve current children in the program.

MACF funds a wide variety of programs through its competitive grant making. These programs include arts and culture, civic improvement, education, environment, health, human services, recreation and youth. Many new programs and special initiatives have started due to MACF grants.

The next deadline to apply for a grant through MACF is April 15th. To inquire about making a donation, establishing a fund, or applying for a grant, contact MACF at (989) 839-9661 or