Clare County Community Foundation Awards Grants

The Clare County Community Foundation and Clare Youth Action Council (YAC) awarded three grants to community organizations this week for a total of $13,984.19. “We saw some really great grant proposals,” said Anne Smith, Chair of the Grants Committee at the Foundation. “We are excited to see our local nonprofits collaborating and leveraging funds from several sources.”

The Clare County Veterans Services applied for and was granted $10,900 toward a new van to transport Clare County veterans to locations such as Ann Arbor, Saginaw, and Detroit Veterans Affairs Medical Centers to receive treatment.  However, due to some amazing fundraising, the Veterans Services needed only $3,500.With more than 3,600 veterans in Clare County and the closest medical facility in Saginaw, the Disabled Veterans Organization and other volunteers in Clare County drive veterans to medical appointments.

The Mid-Michigan Big Brothers and Big Sisters group also was awarded a grant to host a bowling event for local ‘Littles’ and new ‘Bigs’.  The goal is to match five new Bigs and Littles together during an event.

The child care facility at Clare Assembly of God received a grant for a shade covering in their fenced area for the summer camp. 48 children will benefit from a shaded area while outdoors this summer.

Another grant was awarded to the Clare Gladwin RESD’s expansion of the Imagination Library program.  This program provides 12 books a year to Clare/Gladwin students so the RESD has sought funding to support an additional 170 children from funding sources in both counties.  The expansion of this program will ensure that more children will have access to reading materials in the home.

Hillside Elementary school also applied for a grant to purchase additional whiteboards in all the school’s classrooms.  White boards are a creative, interesting and engaging learning tool that allow teachers to expand how they teach lessons and engage students.

In total, there were $13,984.19 awarded in grants from the Clare County Community Foundation in May.


Clare County non profit 501(c)(3)s can apply for a grant by reviewing the requirements at