Grants Approved 2nd Quarter 2016


Midland County Educational Service Agency - $99,100

Career & Tech Education Program
This project will address barriers preventing students from accessing career and technical education and creates additional career development and exploration opportunities.

Midland Center for the Arts - $100,000

Windows on the World Series
MCFTA will launch a new series of culturally rich programming that will add professional entertainment in Midland, and bring visitors and corresponding revenue downtown.


Greater Midland Community Centers - $26,793

7th Grade Football Program
These funds will be used to expand middle school football to 7th grade students at Jefferson and Northeast Middle Schools.

Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance - $40,000

STEM Network
This project will offer STEM training to students and teachers, including middle school math and professional development programs with national recognition.

Helping Hands Dental Center - $40,000

Building Expansion
Helping Hands is currently too small to meet the dental needs of Midland’s adult population on Medicaid. This grant will help the center purchase equipment needed for the upgrade.

Midland County Educational Service Agency - $40,000

Re-Imagination Project
ESA will utilize this grant to develop an inclusive, accessible indoor/outdoor space at their Sugnet building meant for play, therapy and learning for special needs students. The outdoor playground will also remain open to the public.

Midland Center for the Arts - $1,000

Singers and Voice Academy
Grant dollars will go toward a new, multi-generational summer program for students interested in vocal and choral music.

Lincoln Township - $25,000

Playground Equipment
Lincoln Township’s only public park will add playground equipment as well as a sand volleyball court with funds from this grant.

Midland County Parks & Recreation - $18,895

Pere Marquette Rail Trail Sculptures
A series of ten solar system sculptures will be installed on a 5.7 mile stretch of the Pere Marquette Rail Trail. Planets will be displayed at a scaled down ratio of 600,000,000:1 and displayed in their relative sizes and separations.

Saginaw Valley State University - $5,000

Cross Country Trail
SVSU will utilize these funds to help develop a cross country fitness trail. The trail will allow for large competitions with a spectator friendly and safe venue for schools throughout the region.

The Arc of Midland - $10,000

Smart Home Safe Home Program
This grant will allow The Arc to purchase safety equipment & technology for homes of individuals with disabilities. It will also fund installation and training for the families and caregivers.

Dental Hygiene Health Services - $10,000

Mobile Lab Equipment
Funds from this grant will go toward upgraded dental equipment for the DHHS mobile dental clinic, which serves low-income areas and offers preventative care for reduced fees.

Midland County Habitat for Humanity - $20,000

Roofing Initiative
Together, MCHFH and Midland Area Homes will use these funds to offer roof repair and/or replacement options for low income home owners in Midland County.

Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance - $15,000

Art Wave
This grant will be used to help promote art and entertainment events in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Art Wave is designed to give regional promotion and cross-promotion among several organizations.


STEP UP Coach, Inc. - $20,000

SNEAKERPALOOZA  distributes new, name brand shoes and socks to kindergarten through 12th grade students in need.

Little Forks Conservancy  - $10,000

Universal Accessible Pathway
A new, ADA accessible pathway will be installed at the Averill Preserve, once the site of the largest log banking ground in the world.

Midland’s Open Door - $21,000

Supply Purchases
Midland’s Open Door will purchase supplies, as needed, to ensure the basic needs, safety and development of the shelter and soup kitchen guests.

Grants Approved 1st Quarter 2016

Coleman Area Library - $10,500

The Coleman Area Library’s book collection has grown to over 26,500 volumes, filling all available shelf space. This grant will help fund labor and materials of new shelving equipment that will allow the library to continue their growth and service in the community.

MCFOAR - $19,436

Midland Community Former Offenders Advocacy and Rehabilitation (MCFOAR) is implementing two new programs: Character First and Alternatives to Violence. Character First is a weekly class that addresses 49 character qualities individuals should work toward improving in order to be productive. The Alternatives to Violence program helps participants understand, monitor and stop abusive behaviors.

Safe & Sound Child Advocacy Center - $15,000

Safe & Sound is in need of improved space to hold their forensic interviews. With this grant, current interview space can be brought up to current national optimal standards by removing one-way mirrors and replacing them with electronic viewing equipment. The renovation will also allow for additional office space for a second forensic interviewer.

Creative 360 - $5,000

Funds from this grant will go toward the Express Yourself Artshop program at Creative 360. Express Yourself is a 10 month art series for individuals with mental, intellectual and/or physical challenges. Participants learn from professional artists, musicians, dancers and directors to create artwork to be shared with visitors of Creative 360.

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.



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, youth, and initiatives inspired by our donors themselves. Many new programs and special initiatives have started due to MACF grants.

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