Fremont Area Community Foundation Awards $3.2M in Grants
Fremont Area Community Foundation announced the results of its recent community grant round, awarding $3.2 million to local agencies and programs.
Grant funding was awarded to a wide variety of organizations and projects addressing critical local needs. Several grants were focused on promoting self-sufficiency and empowering local families.
Love INC of Newaygo County received a $125,000 grant with a matching grant of up to $70,000. In addition to direct assistance programs such as their food pantry, Love INC offers a variety of “transformational ministry” programs such as Growing Hope financial management classes and Jobs for Life job readiness training.
TrueNorth Community Services received a $590,500 grant and a matching grant of up to $150,000 to support a variety of self-sufficiency programs. The funds will support food and nutrition programs, children’s services like the Children’s Christmas and Tools for School programs, and client-centered services such as housing assistance and the Pathways to Self-Sufficiency program for young adults.
An additional $17,500 was approved to support the MI Way to Thrive pilot program. The initiative was started by LiveWell Newaygo County and will integrate social service and healthcare programs to support more personalized and comprehensive services.
Circles Newaygo County, which is housed at TrueNorth, received a $155,000 grant for its work to mobilize community resources to support people and families on their journey out of poverty into self-sufficiency. Circles participants are connected to supportive networks and the tools and encouragement needed to meet individual goals. The program is now in its second year.
“We are proud to support programs and organizations that are working to strengthen and empower local families,” said Carla Roberts, Community Foundation president and CEO. “By working in partnership with local nonprofits and our generous donors, we can continue to build a Newaygo County where everyone has the opportunity to succeed.”
Community grant applications are accepted in two rounds per year, with the next deadline on March 1. Eligible agencies must be located in, or directly serve, the people of Newaygo County. For more information, visit facommunityfoundation.org/grants.