In March of 2013, the Midland Area Community Foundation completed an extensive needs assessment process for all of Midland County.  Thirteen top needs were identified as part of the study.  In an attempt to bring awareness to and begin meeting those needs, MACF debuted a new grant program called IMPACT Grants.  $400,000 was made available to grant to organizations with new or existing programs directly affecting one of the top 13 needs.  

Extra funding for the IMPACT Grant program came in part from strong investment returns in 2012.  MACF also receives funding from individuals, businesses, organizations and other foundations.  Community members are also invited to become a member of MACF through an annual gift of any size.  Through your gift, you can join in the philanthropic work of MACF.

The six organizations to receive IMPACT Grant dollars were:
$50,000 - Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC): ABC Cares… Filling the Gap

ABC will utilize these funds for a training program designed to compliment both the Education Training Connection (ETC) and County School initiatives for job preparation into the skilled trades.  The program will also work with companies and industry leaders on job placement for enrollees.

$50,000 - The Legacy Center for Community Success: Community Alliance for Youth Success

This grant will help the Community Alliance for Youth Success to collaborate with youth-serving organizations to build Developmental Assets, reduce harmful substance abuse and other risk taking behaviors, and improve the health and educational outcomes of youth in Midland County.

$100,000 - Meridian Public Schools: College & Career Readiness Program

Meridian Public Schools has a vision to increase its first year college completion success from 44% to 80% by the spring of 2017.  In order to accomplish this, they have partnered with the New Tech Network, Project Lead the Way, The Michigan Early/Middle College Association and MiTech+ to reimagine thinking and learning in high school.  Starting in 2013-2014, every student will be offered support and funding for post-secondary opportunities.

$50,000 - Midland Center for the Arts (MCFTA): Hall of Ideas Media Arts Station

MCFTA has plans to introduce a state of the art media arts module in the Hall of Ideas.  This new module will impact students and adults alike, as it teaches the science vocabulary of weather, reveals the technology and art of the green screen phenomenon and inspires a new generation to consider a career path they may have never otherwise explored.

$50,000 - The ROCK: After School Programming

The ROCK after school program will provide 174 days of quality after school programming to Jefferson, Northeast and Bullock Creek Middle Schools.  This fun and interactive program will include tutoring, school work help, character development, life skills building, food, games, team building, adult mentors, a safe environment and more.

$100,000 - Ten Sixteen Recovery Network: Fresh Start

 Fresh Start is an innovative employment social enterprise that will equip, employ, place and support people from Midland County who are in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction.  Fresh Start will serve as both an alternative staffing placement agency and an incubator of microenterprises to directly employ those in recovery.