Developing Our Talent: 2021 Scholarship Season

The Midland Area Community Foundation has over 250 scholarships for deserving students in Midland County. Whether you’re a high school senior, current college student, or adult looking to further your education, you can apply for scholarships at midlandfoundation.org/scholarships. Applications will be accepted between December 1 and February 15. Don’t wait! Over $750,000 is available to help you. Visit midlandfoundation.org/scholarships to apply.

Caring For Our People - Midland Disaster Relief

Midland Area Community Foundation has established the #ReliefMidland Flood Relief Project Fund to provide flood relief to all populations in Midland County, including Sanford, Bullock Creek, and the City of Midland. The fund was initially established with a $250,000 contribution from the Midland Area Community Foundation and an additional $250,000 in matching funds. The mission of The Flood Relief Project Fund is to provide for disaster relief in Midland County with use determined by the Midland County long-term recovery group in consultation with the Midland County Emergency Manager. To register for MACF & the Long-Term Recovery Group's Flood Recovery Update and Connections sessions, please visit midlandfoundation.org/zoomintoflood.

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Midland's Broadband Survey

Broadband connectivity is more important than ever. By using data and input provided by local residents, businesses, community organizations, and others to develop a Technology Action Plan, we are playing a role in a plan that outlines our area’s unique broadband (high-speed internet) needs. The Technology Action Plan will be shaped by the information provided by local stakeholders through a ten-minute survey. You can find the survey at the link below this post. Simply choose the area you’re providing information on and answer the questions that follow.

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Together We're Making a

Difference

We granted$6,204,860to Midland area nonprofits in 2018.
We are home to600+active funds that benefit our community.
Since 1975, we have awarded$7,580,235in scholarships to local students.
1973

The Foundation is founded

1978

First scholarships are awarded

1981

Tridge opens

1987

Santa House constructed

1993

Pere-Marquette Rail Trail opens

1999

Trilogy Skate Park opens

2017

STEM playground opens at Central Park Elementary School

1973

The Foundation is founded

On October 2, 1973, twenty-five Midland leaders and volunteers came together to establish the Midland Area Community Foundation. Described as “by the people, for the people,” MACF grew out of the belief that everyone can positively impact their community through philanthropic giving.

illustration of The Foundation is founded
1978

First scholarships are awarded

These first scholarships included $2,460 in Interlochen scholarships and $500 for a Northwood student. Today the Midland Area Community Foundation awards almost $500,000 in scholarships each year!

illustration of First scholarships are awarded
1981

Tridge opens

The Tridge fund drive was completed with $367,641 raised through community gifts to match $366,000 from the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation. The Tridge was completed on October 4, 1981.

illustration of Tridge opens
1987

Santa House constructed

Santa spends each winter at Midland's Santa House, one of the city's most notable landmarks. The house is also home to the world-renowned Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School. The Santa House is made possible by a fund held by the Midland Area Community Foundation.

illustration of Santa House constructed
1993

Pere-Marquette Rail Trail opens

The rail trail allows bikers, runners, and walkers to enjoy beautiful 30 miles of natural beauty between Midland and Clare. The project was spearheaded by a Foundation fundraising campaign.

illustration of Pere-Marquette Rail Trail opens
1999

Trilogy Skate Park opens

The Foundation led the campaign to build a skate park in Chippewassee Park. The 15,000-square-foot facility offers outdoor fun for skateboarders, in-line skaters, and BMX bikers.

illustration of Trilogy Skate Park opens
2017

STEM playground opens at Central Park Elementary School

The playground features large maps of the world, a musical section with large percussion instruments, and an outdoor planetarium.

illustration of STEM playground opens at Central Park Elementary School