St. Clair County Community Foundation grants to date

The St. Clair County Community Foundation has provided nearly $1.3 million in grants so far this year to a variety of organizations, programs and projects throughout the county.

The grant funds come from various individual funds, donor-advised funds and standing grant committees. Patti Manley, the foundation’s board chair, said in a news release that this year’s grants reflect the diversity and interest of the foundation’s donors.

“This diversity, spread across our region, is what makes our work so exciting,” she said.

Manley said the foundation continues to accept grant applications year-round, although many of the standing committees often run out of money by the end of the summer. She said when standing committees run out of available grant funds, foundation staff forwards new requests to individual donors.

Mid-City Nutrition Executive Director Sarah Jones said the soup kitchen was fortunate to receive multiple grants from the foundation and its donors last year. Jones recently met with the foundation’s Main Grants Committee to request an additional $30,000 in funding. Her request was approved with partial funding coming from the James C Acheson Donor Advised Fund.

“There is never enough money available for basic needs. We are blessed to have both foundations and individual donors who will join our efforts to fund our most trusted local nonprofits like Mid-City,” said Lindsey Adams-Fitchett, Chair of the Lead Grants Committee.

The foundation has also provided grants for food backpack programs for Memphis Community Schools, Port Huron Area Schools and the Woodland Developmental Center.

Through the end of April, the Foundation has approved 148 individual grants supporting a wide range of programs, projects and organizations throughout the region.

  • $45,000 for a series of tutoring and SAT prep support for the Athletic Factory.
  • $40,000 to Yale High School for extracurricular student activities from the DuPont Fund.
  • $24,000 to the Friends of the St. Clair River for their management and oversight of regional efforts to close remaining gaps in the Bridge to Bay trail system.
  • $21,000 to the City of St. Clair for the Ernest and Barbara Oskin Fund beautification projects.
  • $10,000 for artwork in a new pocket park in Capac, with funding coming from the DTE Foundation Fund.
  • $10,290 for the new Belle River Fishing Pier in Marine City.
  • $8,000 to the Blue Water Robotics Alliance to support teams going to the United States.
  • $7,575 for the Blue Water Building Trades Fair.
  • $5,000 to the Port Huron DDA for a new Blue Water Fest Kid Zone activity during Boat Week
  • $3,000 to the Port Huron Police Department Youth Academy.

Contact McKenna Golat at [email protected].

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