News Release: MACF awards $265,000 in 1st quarter grants


The Midland Area Community Foundation (MACF) Board of Trustees recently approved $265,000 in grants to 11 Midland County nonprofit organizations.

Competitive grants are offered on a quarterly basis through MACF. Funding for grants comes from generous donations of individuals, businesses and organizations in the Midland area.

MACF grants for the first quarter of 2014 include:

  • United Way of Midland - $15,000

This grant will help cover the cost of the Midland County Behavioral Risk Factor Survey, which will collect data on risk factors and conditions using landline, cell phone and person-to-person surveys. The results will be used to measure, assess progress and identify risk groups. United Way is serving as fiduciary for this project of the Health & Human Services Council.

  • Sanford Historical Society - $25,000

Funding from this grant will be used to help restore and remodel the main exhibit hall in the Sanford Centennial Museum. The new area will present a cohesive story of the history of the Sanford area and serve as a hub for the museum complex.

  • Meridian Public Schools - $5,000

Summer Book Buddies is a program designed to increase the retention of reading skills for elementary students. For 10 weeks during the summer break, students will have access to quality books that match their reading abilities. This grant will help to cover the cost of books for the program.

  • Lee Township - $40,000

This grant will be utilized to support the Lee Township Hall renovation and expansion. The township needs office space for officials and greater access for residents.

  • Midland Public Schools - $25,000

Many band, orchestra and choir uniforms at Midland and Dow high schools are more than twenty years old. The schools will utilize this grant to help fund replacement uniforms.

  • City of Midland - $40,000

The Emerson Park Waterfront Renovation is a three-phase design to develop a section of the riverfront between Emerson Park and the Midland Historical Society. Among the additions will be an interpretive education station, accessible fishing dock, boardwalk, floating dock, railing along the sea wall and a picnic area. MACF approved this grant to fund a portion of the $664,000 project.

  • City of Beaverton - $5,000

Due to lack of funding for much-needed repairs, Calhoun Park was closed to campers in 2010. This grant will go toward the renovation of the bathhouse facilities located on the 78 acre park and campgrounds owned by the City of Beaverton. The renovation is scheduled to begin as soon as possible.

  • Camp Centaur - $25,000

This grant will go toward the addition of a restroom/emergency shelter facility on the campus of Camp Centaur in Midland. The handicap-accessible facility will model similar public park restrooms, and is expected to be built in the spring of 2014.

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Great Lakes Bay Region - $20,000

This grant will go toward the “One Thousand Starts with One” project, which is an effort to engage and recruit volunteers for BBBS mentoring programs. Through one-to-one mentoring, BBBS provides children the opportunity to resist substance abuse, excel in academics, gain a role model and recognize their true potential.

  • Salvation Army of Midland - $25,000

The Salvation Army of Midland is in need of a renovated kitchen facility. Funds from this grant will be utilized to provide upgrades including new cabinets, countertops, a freezer, dishwasher and updated plumbing.

  • Midland Camping Council - $40,000

This grant will help Camp Neyati renovate several buildings on their campus. Metal roofs will be installed on 12 cabins as well as the pavilion, and an epoxy floor will be added to the craft building.

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 and youth. Many new programs and special initiatives have started due to MACF grants.

Community members are invited to join MACF by becoming a member with a gift of any size. Those interested in donating to MACF to support local nonprofits, opening their own donor-advised fund or volunteering for various projects can contact the community foundation at (989) 839-9661 or at