Partnership

Making Monroe County a better place isn’t a one-person or a one-agency job. It takes a team of people bringing passion and hard work to philanthropic projects. Since 2005 the Community Foundation of Monroe County (CFMC) in partnership with our affiliate, Greater Milan Area Community Foundation (GMACF) has been doing just that. Established by three Milan area residents – Isabelle Schultz, Donald Harkness & Millard Phillips to enhance the community of Milan, the GMACF has worked to improve the environmental, educational, economic, and cultural quality of life in the greater Milan area.

The partnership between GMACF & CFMC aligns expertise, technology, and resources to ensure Milan residents have access to an expansive set of grants, scholarships, and funds to support Milan. Together, with the help of the Milan Community, we look forward to continuing the stewardship, thoughtful philanthropy, and strong community engagement that has defined the Greater Milan Area Fund for the past 17 years!

Community foundations are a valuable resource for a community interested in making a difference by meeting the current & future needs of our local community. Affiliate Funds are designed to benefit a specific geographic community in the same way. Our affiliate, Greater Milan Area Community Fund is overseen by an advisory board of local leaders who are charged with two tasks: first, working with their friends and neighbors to share with them how an affiliate fund can benefit the area; and second, helping make wise decisions about grant distributions when such funds become available. We are proud to have the following individuals represented on our Affiliate Fund Advisory Committee: Todd Schultz, Dr. Eric Peacock, Mary Ochalek, Barbara Gardiner-Wollmann, Edward Wollmann, Chris McMullen, & Bryan Girbach

Scholarships

Celebrating our 2022 grads! This year we awarded $33,500 in scholarships to Greater Milan Area students. Congratulations to our brightest & best:

Milan Area Schools Board of Education Scholarship

Benjamin Cislo
Cloe Fetterolf
Samuel Halliday
Delaney Higgins
MacKenzie Hunt
Kendal Sanders
Sophia Satarino
Zachary Zeller

Ethel Richards Memorial Scholarship

MacKenzie Hunt
Evan Morelock

Ethan C. Jones Memorial Scholarship

Zachary Zeller
Kendal Sanders

Eric Harrison Memorial Scholarship

Evan Morelock

Evelyn (Hitchingham) Gerstenberg Memorial Scholarship

Adam DuBois
Samuel Halliday
Sierra Moore
Loren Rosenthal

Duane & Isabelle Schultz Milan Area Schools Alumni Scholarship

Benjamin Cislo
Molly Smith

Michael A. Tittiger Sustainability & Conservation Scholarship

Cloe Fetterolf

David Glenn Memorial Scholarship

Molly Smith

Thomas Fox Scholarship

Samuel Halliday

Grants Awarded

2021 was a record year for GMACF, with over $94,000 awarded!
Take a look at some of the great things accomplished in Milan:

Grant

Description

Amount

Moving Milan Forward

Moving Milan Forward requested funds for renovated Tolan Square with plantings in the garden beds, new furniture in the square, and street lighting.

$10,000

Moving Milan Forward

Moving Milan Forward requested funds for four large planters in the redeveloped Tolan Square. The largest will include plaques recognizing the three GMACF founders.

$10,000

Elementary STEM Program

This special program is for young 5’s thru 5th grade. The school was in need of supplies which included flooring, paint, consumable & non-consumable items, overhead mirrors, storage shelves, etc.

$10,000

Compassion Ministries

Compassion Ministries’ mission is to provide food and clothing to those in need. This grant was requesting funds to purchase a walk-in freezer.

$9,090.06

Milan Schools Music Program

Milan Area Schools requested funds to provide online subscriptions to music curriculum platforms for Milan High School & Milan Middle School.

$9,000

Aid in Milan

Requested funds for health and safety items for staff & clients. Additionally, these funds are requested for new desks & chairs following a recent renovation.

$7,000

Washtenaw Area Council for Children

Washtenaw Area Council for Children requested funds to implement comprehensive cyber safety, cyberbullying & wellness, and resiliency education training for early elementary to 12th-grade students.

$6,250

American Legion Post 268

American Legion Post 268 requested funds to install a seawall and fencing along their property boarding Ford Lake.

$5,000

Big Red Bundles

Big Red Bundles requested funds to purchase at least the top 10 school supplies requested by teachers for students in need at all four Milan schools.

$3,000

Symons Elementary PTO

The Symons Elementary POT requested funds to update the Symons library with more diverse & inclusive books for children.

$3,000

Milan Seniors for Healthy Living

Milan Seniors for Healthy Living requested funds for a six-month mentoring program to refine internal accounting processes, improve knowledge and reduce time spent on bookkeeping.

$2,850

Milan Public Library

Requested funds to replace their old water fountain with a water bottle/cup dispenser.

$2,800

Milan Area Chamber

Requested funds for the annual Christmas parade & parade day activities.

$2,500

Knights of Columbus

Requested funds to provide 100 free meal tickets each to K of C, Aid in Milan, and MSHL for K of C community dinners.

$2,250

Milan High School Code Red Robotics

The Code Red Robotics Club builds robots for competition while also learning science, technology, and engineering skills.

$2,000

Milan Youth Soccer

Requested funding for a new storage shed.

$2,000

Milan Beautification Commission

Requested funds to refresh & update the six welcome signs coming into town.

$2,000

Milan Educators for Social Justice

Milan Educators for Social Justice requested funds to purchase 20 copies of 3 books for staff study to enhance knowledge of social justice issues to develop more just classrooms, schools & communities.

$1,300

London Township

London Township requested funds for township cleanup including dumpsters and illegal dumping deterrents.

$1,300

Milan Police Department

Milan Police Department requested funding for Carter Kit Sensory Bags. These bags contain items to comfort children on the autism spectrum as well as other children who are impacted by traumatic events.

$889.80

London Township Neighborhood Watch

London township Neighborhood Watch requested funds for a dumpster, garbage bags, gloves, vests, etc. for area clean-up.

$800

Milan High School Gender & Sexuality Alliance

Milan High School requested funds for the Gender & Sexuality Alliance Book Club and GSA Pride picnic in the park.

$600

Moving Milan Forward

Moving Milan Forward requested funds for two bicycle fix-it stations that would supply access to tools for people to fix their bikes at Wilson Park and Nature Park.

$500

Milan Community Funds

Adult Education Scholarship

Aid in Milan Agency

Armitage/Brainard Milan Beautification Endowment

Carol O’Donnell and Judy Heath Memorial

The Joseph R. O’Donnell Community Endowment

Evelyn (Hitchingham) Gerstenberg Memorial Scholarship

David Glenn Memorial Scholarship

David Hoskins Aid in Milan

Donald E. Harkness Endowment

Eric Harrison Memorial Scholarship

Ethan C. Jones Memorial Scholarship

Fayne & Joanne McGovern Milan Youth

Milan Area Historical Society Fund

Milan Area Schools Board of Education Scholarship

Milan Seniors for Healthy Living Endowment

Ethel Richards Memorial Scholarship

Ronnie & Paulette Shores Scholarship

Mildred N. Sheehan Library

Carol Mohr/Margaret Walls/Nina Pemberton Library

Millard & Marie Phillips Library

Library Enrichment

Duane & Isabelle Schultz Milan Area Schools

Alumni Scholarship

Michael A. Tittiger Sustainability & Conservation Scholarship

Milan Area Enrichment Endowed

Miss Washtenaw County Scholarship

Milan Administration Fund

Milan Gala Fund

Milan Special Project Funds

Miss Washtenaw County Scholarship

Milan Administration Fund

Milan Gala Fund