Gerber Foundation Announces West Michigan Grants
The Gerber Foundation is pleased to announce $110,000 in total grants made during their 2017 Spring funding cycle to local agencies in Lake, Oceana, Muskegon and Newaygo Counties. STEM and Early Literacy were two of the major focuses during this round of grants.
Camp Newaygo was granted $7,000 to support their Get Outside! Get Environmental! Go Green! (G3) program that will serve nearly 650 3rd graders annually in this one-day immersion program. Camp Newaygo’s property contains frontage on 3 lakes, 2 unique wetland areas, a sphagnum bog, an acidic pond and its own undeveloped island. Students will learn environmental ecology with hands on activities to reinforce learning and science concepts.
The Boys and Girls Club of the Muskegon Lakeshore was granted $5,000 for their CareerLaunch: STEM program which was developed to introduce young people to the “working world” with a range of services to help students develop skills essential for workforce success.
The Gerber Foundation also granted Little Horses Big Smiles $1,000 to support their Reading with Charlie summer program that focuses on boosting reading proficiency through collaborative partnerships with local libraries, school districts and community organizations by creating a non-judgmental environment with Charlie the Miniature Therapy Horse.
Other grants went to Newaygo County Prevention of Child Abuse, Catholic Charities West Michigan, and Bethany Christian Services for parenting programs; Fountain Hill Center, Harbor Hospice, and Northwest Michigan Health Services for health programs; Tustin Covenant Presbyterian Church, Newaygo County Day Care Corporation, Girls on the Run Muskegon, Newaygo County 4-H Council for general youth programming; and others.
The Gerber Foundation supports youth activities and programming in Lake, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana Counties. Deadlines for grant requests are March 15 and September 15 of each year.