Grants Approved 1st Quarter 2017

Bullock Creek Schools

Courtyard Project
Picnic tables and yard games will be added to the courtyard area at Bullock Creek High School so students have an outdoor space to eat lunch, congregate and interact with one another.
Fund: Midland County Youth Action Council
Total project cost = $4,080

Michigan Baseball Foundation

Bike Share Project
A new bike share system will provide community members of all ages, income and ethnicity with access to a sustainable and affordable method of transportation. The full-service system also promotes community health and wellness.
Fund: Community Investment Fund
Total project cost = $171,000


Youth Exams & Advocacy
Shelterhouse will provide non-acute medical examinations and crisis counseling for children and youth who are victims of sexual assault.
Community Investment Fund
Total project cost = $40,000

Heroes on the Water

Veteran Services
Heroes on the Water will purchase equipment to provide an outdoor-based therapeutic and rehabilitative kayak fishing program for Midland County veterans.
Fund: Community Investment Fund
Total project cost = $31,050

MidMichigan Health

Advanced Care Planning
Less than one in four adults in Midland County have their healthcare wishes in writing. MidMichigan Health will increase support resources, promote community engagement and ultimately increase the incidence of Advanced Care Planning.
Fund: Community Investment Fund
Total project cost = $165,052

Midland County Fairgrounds

Fair Master Planning
Through the development of a master plan, the Midland County Fairgrounds will establish where they should focus resources for the maximum use and benefit of the existing fairground facilities. The last master plan was completed in 1982.
Fund: Community Investment Fund
Total project cost = $30,000

Midland County ESA

Pediatric Center
A modular building at Longview Early Childhood Center will increase the number of children with autism and neurodevelopmental disabilities that can be treated by 25%.
Fund: Community Investment Fund
Total project cost = $44,230

Step Up Coach

Sneakerpalooza provides new athletic shoes and socks to children in grades K-12. Events are held each year in Midland and Coleman to provide shoes to those in need.
Fund: Community Investment Fund
Total project cost = $30,000

Midland County Sheriff

Critical Incident Response
All 26 members of the Midland County Sheriff’s Office road patrol will be outfitted with a critical incident response bag, which will enhance deputies’ abilities to respond safely to any events involving heavily armed suspects and/or multiple injuries.
Fund: Community Investment Fund
Total project cost = $37,482.90

Grants Approved 4th Quarter 2016

Reece Endeavor of Midland

Eastlawn Barrier Free Duplex
Recognizing the need for affordable, barrier-free housing in Midland, Reece Endeavor will partner with the Midland Public Schools Building Trades Program to build a duplex that can house three adults with developmental, intellectual and/or physical disabilities.

Chippewa Nature Center

Observation Tower Relocation
The observation tower previously located at Whiting Forest will be installed in the wetlands area at CNC. In addition, the lower level will be renovated to make it ADA accessible.

Affordable Housing Alliance

Rental Assistance
Families who earn less than 50% of the median income in Midland are eligible for rent assistance through AHA. Grant dollars will be used to expand this program.

Family and Children’s Services

LGBTQ Groups
Approximately 15% of LGBTQ adults and 30% of adolescents report making a suicide attempt, compared with less than 5% of all U.S. adults and 9% of adolescents. FCS will use grant funds for two new therapeutic group sessions, one each for LGBTQ adults and teens. The goal is to promote health and well-being and reduce risks.

The Diaper Alliance

Coleman Area Expansion
The Diaper Alliance distributes diapers to partner agencies throughout Midland. With this grant, 50,000 diapers will be distributed to agencies in the currently under-served Coleman community.


School Suspension Alternative
The ROCK Center for Youth Development, in collaboration with area partners, will utilize grant funds to establish a skill-building course for youth suspended from school. Bullock Creek, Midland Public, Coleman and Meridian will participate.

West Midland Family Center

Road Signage
WMFC’s current road sign is 28 years old. A modern, electronic LED sign will more effectively publicize WMFC programs and enrollment opportunities, and address safety concerns associated with the old sign.

City of Coleman

Coleman Gazebo Project
A 900 square foot gazebo will be installed on the corner of Railway and Fourth St, featuring ADA ramps, an enlarged sidewalk to the Rail Trail, new lighting and landscaping. The gazebo will be used for shelter for Rail Trail visitors, as well as a central point for several community events.

Midland County Parks & Recreation

Laur Big Salt River Park Electronic Gate
The most remote of the parks operated by the County, Laur Big Salt River Park will see the installation of an electronic gate, ultimately saving taxpayer dollars as County staff will no longer need to open and close the park each day.

Bay/Midland Pheasants Forever
$15,000 (challenge grant)

Equipment for Small Habitat Projects
Pheasants Forever is seeking funding to purchase a medium size tractor, native grass drill and trailer to expand their habitat work. This grant is contingent on the organization raising an additional $15,000.

Grants Approved 3rd Quarter 2016

City of Midland Police

Critical Incident Response
MPD will outfit each patrol officer with an individual first aid kit to be carried on their person at all times, and a Critical Incident Response Kit containing supplies necessary to respond to mass shootings and other large scale incidents.

Studley Grange

Hall & Food Stand Improvements
This grant will fully fund much needed upgrades to the Studley Grange Hall, which was built in 1953, as well as the food stand used at the Midland County fairgrounds.

Girl Scouts Heart of MI

Building Expansion
Funds will help provide Midland County girls with access to a series of workshops and events focused on career options and leadership development.

The Legacy Center for Community Success

Reading & Spelling Program
The Barton Reading & Spelling Program provides training to people with dyslexia. Grant dollars will go toward adding additional tutors, enabling TLC to expand the program.

Habitat for Humanity

Donation Process Center Upgrade
Grant dollars will go toward upgrades to the donation process center located in Ingersoll Township, which is used to stage construction equipment and as a processing center for donated items to be sold in the retail store.

Grants Approved 2nd Quarter 2016


Midland County Educational Service Agency

Career & Tech Education Program
This project will address barriers preventing students from accessing career and technical education and creates additional career development and exploration opportunities.

Midland Center for the Arts

Windows on the World Series
MCFTA will launch a new series of culturally rich programming that will add professional entertainment in Midland, and bring visitors and corresponding revenue downtown.


Greater Midland Community Centers - $26,793

7th Grade Football Program
These funds will be used to expand middle school football to 7th grade students at Jefferson and Northeast Middle Schools.

Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance - $40,000

STEM Network
This project will offer STEM training to students and teachers, including middle school math and professional development programs with national recognition.

Helping Hands Dental Center - $40,000

Building Expansion
Helping Hands is currently too small to meet the dental needs of Midland’s adult population on Medicaid. This grant will help the center purchase equipment needed for the upgrade.

Midland County Educational Service Agency - $40,000

Re-Imagination Project
ESA will utilize this grant to develop an inclusive, accessible indoor/outdoor space at their Sugnet building meant for play, therapy and learning for special needs students. The outdoor playground will also remain open to the public.

Midland Center for the Arts - $1,000

Singers and Voice Academy
Grant dollars will go toward a new, multi-generational summer program for students interested in vocal and choral music.

Lincoln Township - $25,000

Playground Equipment
Lincoln Township’s only public park will add playground equipment as well as a sand volleyball court with funds from this grant.

Midland County Parks & Recreation - $18,895

Pere Marquette Rail Trail Sculptures
A series of ten solar system sculptures will be installed on a 5.7 mile stretch of the Pere Marquette Rail Trail. Planets will be displayed at a scaled down ratio of 600,000,000:1 and displayed in their relative sizes and separations.

Saginaw Valley State University - $5,000

Cross Country Trail
SVSU will utilize these funds to help develop a cross country fitness trail. The trail will allow for large competitions with a spectator friendly and safe venue for schools throughout the region.

The Arc of Midland - $10,000

Smart Home Safe Home Program
This grant will allow The Arc to purchase safety equipment & technology for homes of individuals with disabilities. It will also fund installation and training for the families and caregivers.

Dental Hygiene Health Services - $10,000

Mobile Lab Equipment
Funds from this grant will go toward upgraded dental equipment for the DHHS mobile dental clinic, which serves low-income areas and offers preventative care for reduced fees.

Midland County Habitat for Humanity - $20,000

Roofing Initiative
Together, MCHFH and Midland Area Homes will use these funds to offer roof repair and/or replacement options for low income home owners in Midland County.

Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance - $15,000

Art Wave
This grant will be used to help promote art and entertainment events in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Art Wave is designed to give regional promotion and cross-promotion among several organizations.


STEP UP Coach, Inc. - $20,000

SNEAKERPALOOZA  distributes new, name brand shoes and socks to kindergarten through 12th grade students in need.

Little Forks Conservancy  - $10,000

Universal Accessible Pathway
A new, ADA accessible pathway will be installed at the Averill Preserve, once the site of the largest log banking ground in the world.

Midland’s Open Door - $21,000

Supply Purchases
Midland’s Open Door will purchase supplies, as needed, to ensure the basic needs, safety and development of the shelter and soup kitchen guests.

Grants Approved 1st Quarter 2016

Coleman Area Library - $10,500

The Coleman Area Library’s book collection has grown to over 26,500 volumes, filling all available shelf space. This grant will help fund labor and materials of new shelving equipment that will allow the library to continue their growth and service in the community.

MCFOAR - $19,436

Midland Community Former Offenders Advocacy and Rehabilitation (MCFOAR) is implementing two new programs: Character First and Alternatives to Violence. Character First is a weekly class that addresses 49 character qualities individuals should work toward improving in order to be productive. The Alternatives to Violence program helps participants understand, monitor and stop abusive behaviors.

Safe & Sound Child Advocacy Center - $15,000

Safe & Sound is in need of improved space to hold their forensic interviews. With this grant, current interview space can be brought up to current national optimal standards by removing one-way mirrors and replacing them with electronic viewing equipment. The renovation will also allow for additional office space for a second forensic interviewer.

Creative 360 - $5,000

Funds from this grant will go toward the Express Yourself Artshop program at Creative 360. Express Yourself is a 10 month art series for individuals with mental, intellectual and/or physical challenges. Participants learn from professional artists, musicians, dancers and directors to create artwork to be shared with visitors of Creative 360.

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, youth, and initiatives inspired by our donors themselves. Many new programs and special initiatives have started due to MACF grants.

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