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Grants Approved November 2013

  • 2-1-1 Northeast Michigan ($5,000) - 2-1-1 aims to develop a streamlined program specifically for military members, veterans, and their families to access critical services in the community and ensure they are building strong and sustainable lives.  2-1-1 team members will seek out resources, make connections and provide one-on-one service with someone who can truly relate, veteran-to-veteran through the Courage to Call program.
  • Chippewa Cooperative Preschool ($10,000) - The current playground at Chippewa Preschool is intended for single-family backyard use.  With 22 students in each class, a fun, safe, and age-appropriate playground structure is needed.  This grant will go toward the purchase and construction of  updated playground equipment, including two slides, ample deck space, a staircase & ladder, crawling tube, and rock wall.
  • Larkin Charter Township ($40,000) - This grant will help with the construction of a restroom and concession facility at the Larkin Charter Township Park.  The present restroom and concession facility is antiquated and in marginal condition.  Today there are six baseball diamonds as well as picnic areas, volleyball, soccer, horseshoes and a walking trail.  The new facility will enable the park to handle present and future growth.
  • Personal Assistance Options ($13,467.18) - The current office structure at PAO is unable to accommodate those they serve regarding their right to confidentiality.  As most desks are designed as cubicles, personal information can be heard elsewhere in the offices.  In addition, the current restroom is small and difficult to maneuver in with a wheelchair or walker.  This grant will fund needed offices with doors as well as a barrier free restroom facility.
  • West Midland Family Center ($6,000) - This grant will provide support for WMFC’s 3’s Preschool classroom.  The program has proven to be a safety net for families and the beginning of a solid academic future for children.  Utilizing these funds, WMFC will be able to provide scholarships for three children to attend the 3’s Preschool program.

Grants Approved August 2013

  • Central Michigan University ($20,000) - The CMU College of Medicine was established in 2008 to support access to and improve the quality of primary health care for residents throughout central and northern Michigan, including the Great Lakes Bay Region.  This grant will go toward building a standardized patient exam room.
  • Midland Community Diaper Bank ($25,480) - The Diaper Alliance received one half million diapers at once through a national partnership with Huggies, and they expect the same next year.  With this quantity they can distribute 40,000+ diapers each month.  These funds will be used to hire a staff member who can help with the logistics of distributing these diapers.
  • Little Forks Conservancy ($15,000) - This grant will allow the Michigan Natural Features Inventory to conduct a detailed animal, aquatic, plant and natural community survey at several existing preserves located along the Tittabawassee River just west of Midland.  They will then synthesize these findings into a site ecological summary report.
  • Michigan Technological University ($5,000) - This grant will be utilized to bring “Mind Trekkers”, MTU’s STEM career road show, to Delta College in October of 2013.  Many local students will be attending to discover the mysteries of science and to explore STEM careers.
  • Shelterhouse ($40,000) - Shelterhouse will use this grant to create a sustainable funding source by opening a resale shop in Midland.  They will provide gently used items at affordable prices to residents of Midland and Gladwin counties.  All profits will support Shelterhouse’s programs and services.  Secondary benefits for the organization include community awareness and volunteer job training opportunities for their clients and others.
  • Geneva Township ($20,000) - Geneva Township will establish a low maintenance, easily accessible river park on the Salt River for the public to utilize.  The community will be able to enjoy canoing, fishing, boating, walking, swimming, and other types of river use.  The plan is to install a gravel parking lot, a boundary fence on the western property line, a chipped stone walkway to the river, a picnic table and a trash can.
  • Adoption Option, Inc. ($40,000) - Adoption Option of Midland will add a new child welfare worker to their staff.  This worker would start their training in the foster licensing area and subsequently be cross-trained in other programs so they can assist with other child welfare services the agency provides.
  • Messiah Lutheran Church ($5,000) - These funds went toward a project called SNEAKERPALOOZA, which provided children in Midland County with new socks and athletic shoes.  The program lifts student’s self-esteem and encourages them to live active and healthy lifestyles.
  • Midland's Open Door ($39,404) - Midland’s Open Door will use this grant to purchase a reliable vehicle.  The vehicle will be used to help provide their clients with needed mobility for job searches, medical appointments and more.
  • Affordable Housing Alliance ($40,000) - The AHA recently received a $150,000 grant from Memorial Presbyterian Church to construct a duplex for low income families. This grant will go toward that project, which is set for construction on Gerald Court in Midland.
  • Midland County Emergency Food Pantry Network ($5,400) - Last year, MCEFPN provided food to over 10,000 individuals.  MCEFPN would like to increase that number by providing more fresh produce, frozen meats, and other perishable items to their clients.  This grant will fund a refrigerator & freezer as well as shelving equipment.

Grants Approved May 2013

  • Arnold Center ($20,000) - funding for a cold-storage barn to reduce overcrowding of the Gladwin storage facility/manufacturing space and allow inventorying of raw materials.
  • Great Lakes Bay Region Foundation ($5,000) - this grant will help fund a portion of the Fall In... Art and Sol celebration in October 2013.  Funds from MACF will focus on exhibits, performances, workshops, classes and tours in the Midland Area.  Click here for more info.
  • Michigan Dental Assocation ($20,000) - funding for the Mission of Mercy free two day dental clinic on June 7th & 8th at Saginaw Valley State University.  The clinic provided treatment to over 1,100 patients, many from the Midland area.
  • Midland Kid's First ($18,586) - funding to help the Community School Model Parent gathering room at Eastlawn Elementary.  The room will be a place for parents, teachers, administrators and outside agencies to collaborate.
  • Midland Public Schools ($6,700) - grant dollars went toward the "Challenge Day" project for Jefferson and Northeast Middle schools.  Challenge Day will be held on September 24th (Jefferson) and 25th (Northeast).  The purpose is to rease awareness of bullying, help to prevent violence, and educate students on how to handle bullying situations.
  • Ten Sixteen Recovery Network ($4,743) - funds to assist with the Ten Sixteen Network housing project.  Two homes will be opened in Midland for occupants recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.  Specifically, the grant will be used to purchase 21 new, five-drawer dressers to be used by occupants.
  • Windover High School ($19,500) - funds from this grant will help with the purchase of a replacement water main at the new Windover High School building (old Chippewassee Elementary School).

Grants Approved February 2013

  • Coleman Schools ($20,000) - funding for a regional high school agri-science program as well as a Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter.  Students from Midland, Gladwin and Clare counties will have access.
  • Community Construct ($15,000) - to help provide residents in need with newly constructed ramps, doorways and porches to promote and provide a safe home access
  • Meridian Youth Football ($10,000) - to benifit the Legacy Field Project of Meridian Youth Football (MYF)
  • Midland Softball Association ($20,000) - to provide additional funding for construction of wood pavilion and paving the parking lot at the Redcoats Complex baseball/softball diamonds on Whitman Drive

Grants Approved November 2012

  • Northwood University ($25,000) - funding for new entranceway project including flagpoles, foundations, and landscaping around flagpoles
  • Delta College ($10,000) - funding for Health Professions Building upgrade
  • Friends of Whispering Pines ($6,800) - funding for computers and equipment for use in classroom trailer
  • Midland Amateur Sports ($10,000) - funding to bring the Sports Hall of Fame display to Dow Diamond (previously at Midland Civic Arena)
  • Midland Radio Control Modelers Club ($5,350) - funding to purchase tractor and brush hog
  • The R.O.C.K. ($20,000) - funding for the ACCELERATE program
  • Beaverton Lions Club ($2,000) - additional funding for airtight entryway on Community Building in Beaverton

Grants Approved August 2012

  • City of Midland ($13,000) - funding for signage for Center City corridor
  • Grove Street Music Festival ($2,280) - Master Class instructor and concert for Midland High School and Middle School students
  • Midland Parks and Recreation ($20,000) - funding for metal fencing to be used at community events