Community Foundation Awards $2.3 Million in First 2021 Grant Round
Fremont Area Community Foundation recently awarded $2.3 million in its first community grant round of 2021.
Grant support was awarded to a wide variety or organizations and programs serving Newaygo County residents. Most grant awards concentrated on the Community Foundation’s three focus areas of community and economic development, education, and poverty to prosperity.
Trout Unlimited received a $38,022 grant to focus on restoration of the White River watershed. Funds will be used to grow stakeholder collaborations and partnerships as well as facilitate a data-driven approach to restoration and protection. By building partnerships and identifying restoration projects, Trout Unlimited hopes to ultimately elevate the White River watershed to a high-quality trout fishery and recreational destination.
Grant Public Schools was awarded a $17,500 grant to support its Goal 22% by 22 program aimed at reducing chronic absences at Grant Middle School. Funding included a $10,000 outright grant and a matching grant of up to $7,500. The program is modeled after a successful Grand Rapids Public Schools initiative. Grant’s primary and elementary schools have seen attendance improve after similar programming was implemented.
Hope 101 received a $9,700 grant to support its transitional housing program serving local individuals and families experiencing homelessness. In addition to transitional housing, Hope 101 offers mentoring and case management that helps residents set personal goals and work toward self-sufficiency.
The Community Foundation accepts community grant applications twice each year. Applications from the second grant round of 2021 are currently under review and new applications will be accepted next on March 1.
For more information on grants awarded and how to apply, visit facommunityfoundation.org/grants.