Grant Opportunities 

Thanks to the generosity of others, we’re able to offer grants to create lasting benefits to our community. Unless otherwise specified in the original fund agreement, the Community Foundation awards grants only to charitable programs and organizations which benefit the people of Monroe County, Michigan. 

We operate under a spending policy established by the Finance and Investment Committee, and comply with standards for Michigan Community Foundations.

Grants Awarded

Grant

Description

Amount

Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan

to help fund the creation of the St. Joseph Center for Hope, a 24-hour seven-days-a-week crisis intervention center for those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction from the Monroe Health Plan Endowment.

$120,000

Monroe Public Schools

to create a tele-health clinic throughout MPS from the Monroe Health Plan Endowment.

$100,000

Monroe County Intermediate School District

Program services for student mental health by supporting educator wellness from the Monroe Health Plan Endowment.

$68,650

United Way of Monroe County

Project Ramp from the Monroe Health Plan Endowment and the Paul E. Braunlich Family Memorial Endowment Fund.  2021 grant of $5,000 for #IMatter Youth Summit from the Kellogg Youth Fund.  2022 grant of $7,040 to pilot a BUILDing Skills Summer Trades Camp for students in grades 9-12 from the Kiwanis North Youth Fund.

$34,500

Monroe County Library System

towards the Bookmobile from the McWebb Little Brown Bear Fund, Gertz Family Values Fund. Altrusa International of Monroe was granted $1,600 from the Altrusa Literacy Fund to give away 700 books in partnership with the Bookmobile.

$25,000 

Elm House

Alarm System with strobe lighting for hearing-impaired residents from the Healthy Youth Healthy Seniors and the McGovern Charitable Funds.

$19,000

YMCA

Program Scholarships for their Learning Pod program from the Kellogg Youth Endowment and $14,000 towards employees prioritizing mental health, social-emotional learning and trauma-informed care trainings.

$15,000

Airport Community Schools

for Ruling our eXperiences (ROX), 1 20 week comprehensive and evidence based empowerment program for 5-12th grade girls from the Healthy Youth Healthy Seniors Fund.

$15,000

MCOP

 Grant for ALCC Health Hub from the Healthy Youth Healthy Seniors Fund and Gertz Family Values Endowment Fund.  2022 grant for $20,000 for garden entryway, picnic tables and public art piece from the Healthy Youth Healthy Seniors and the Kellogg Youth Funds.  

$10,000

City of Monroe

Stone Cairn repair on Elm and N. Dixie from the Monument Preservation Fund.

$10,000

Elementary STEM Program

Special program for young 5’s thru 5th grade. Need supplies including flooring, paint, consumable & non-consumable items, overhead mirrors, storage shelves, etc. Payable to: Milan Area Schools

$10,000

Moving Milan Forward

Requesting funds for renovated Tolan Square for plantings in the garden beds, new furniture in the square and for street lighting.

$10,000

Moving Milan Forward

Funds for 4 large planters in the redeveloped Tolan Square. The largest will include plaques recognizing the three GMACF founders.

$10,000

Compassion Ministries

Mission is to provide food and clothing to those in need. Requesting funds to purchase a walk-in freezer.

$9,090.06

International Wildlife Refuge Alliance

for a graphic element trailer wrap from the Salow Family Endowment and the Kellogg Youth Fund and for Intern from the Environmental and Manausso Family Endowment Fund

$9,000 

Milan Schools Music Program

Funding to provide on-line subscriptions to music curriculum platforms for MHS & MMS. Payable to: Milan Area Schools

$9,000

Monroe County Senior Legal Services

Technology upgrades

$7,000

Aid in Milan

Health and safety items for staff & clients plus new desks & chairs following renovation.

$7,000

IHM Sisters

for the Monroe County International Day of Peace celebration for local middle and high school students at St. Mary’s park funded by the Kiwanis North Youth Fund and the McGovern Charitable Fund.

$6,400

Washetnaw Area Council for Children

Funds to implement comprehensive cyber safety, cyberbullying & wellness and resilencey education training for early elementary to 12th grade students.

$6,250

St Joseph School

Funds for chromebooks, smart boards, and charging boxes from the Christian Community Support Fund.

$6,092

The Mon-Arc of Monroe

Program for improving coordination of services and resources within the community for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities from the Gertz Family Values Fund.

$5,000

Child Care Network

to support child care tuition scholarship program from the Kellogg Youth Fund.

$5,000

Children with Hair Loss

Striving for Strands program from the Kellogg Youth Fund.

$5,000

American Legion Post 268

Funds to install seawall and fencing along property boarding Ford Lake. Payable to Milan American Legion Post 268.

$5,000

Little Blessings Veteran and Community Outreach

 horse trailer for veteran equine program from the McGovern Charitable Fund.  

$5,000

Mason Music Boosters

for instruments from the Kellogg Youth Fund and musical from the Jeff and Gretchen Kopmanis Instrumental Music Endowment Fund.

$4,488

Monroe Center for Healthy Aging

for a double-stack convection oven from the Kehres Senior Citizens Fund.

$4,440

Dundee High School

for furniture and other supplies to create a sensory friendly learning environment from the ISD Special Children’s Fund.

$4,000

London Twp Citizen Civic Club

Refrigerator and stove from the Healthy Youth Healthy Seniors Fund.

$4,000

Symons Elementary PTO

Funds to update Symons library with more diverse & inclusive books for children. Payable to Symons Elementary PTO.

$3,000

Aid in Milan

Program services for aide to Milan residents from the COVID Relief Fund.

$3,000

Big Red Bundles

Funds to purchase at least top 10 school supplies as requested by teachers for students in need for all four Milan schools. Payable to Milan Rotary Club.

$3,000

Elm House

to install a culligan reverse osmosis system and reusable BPA free water bottles, photo sensors and two keyless entry systems and funding for educational outings every other month from the Salow Family Endowment and McGovern Charitable Fund.

$3,000

Foundation at MCCC

Interative database for art collection from the Manausso Family Endowment & Gertz Family Values.

$3,000

Milan Seniors for Healthy Living

Six month mentoring program to refine internal accounting processes, improve knowledge and reduce time spent on bookkeeping.

$2,850

Meadow Montessori School

Advanced Placement Geography and History textbooks for the secondary program from the McWebb Little Brown Bear Fund.

$3,000

Milan Public Library

Funds to replace old water fountain and replace with water bottle/cup dispenser.

$2,800

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

 for handicap accessible power doorway in the Ida Community Center from Healthy Youth Healthy Seniors and Kehres Senior Citizens Fund.

$2,750

Milan Area Chamber

Funds for the annual Christmas parade & parade day activities.

$2,500

Knights of Columbus

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

Exeter Historical Society

for supplies to restore an early 1900’s barn from the History Endowment Fund.

$2,000

Milan High School Code Red Robotics

Club builds robot for competition but also teaches science, technology, engineering skills. Payable to: Milan High School

$2,000

Milan Youth Soccer

Funding for storage shed.

$2,000

Milan Beautification Commission

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

$2,000

Milan Educators for Social Justice

Funds to purchase 20 copies of 3 books for staff study to enhance knowledge of social justice issues to develop more just classrooms, schools & community. Payable to: Milan Area Schools

$1,300

London Township

Funds for township cleanup including dumpsters and illegal dumping deterrents (folks bring things in). Payable to: London Township

$1,300

Milan Police Department

Carter Kit Sensory Bags. Bags contain items to comfort children on autism spectrum as well as other children who are impacted by traumatic events.

$889.80

London Township Neighborhood Watch

Funds for a dumpster, garbage bags, gloves, vests etc. for area clean-up (they go out and pickup). Payable to: London Township Neighborhood Watch

$800

Milan High School Gender & Sexuality Alliance

 Funds for GSA Book Club and GSA Pride picnic in the park. Payable to : Milan High School.

$600

Moving Milan Forward

Two bicycle fix-it stations that would supply access to tools for people to fix their bikes. Wilson Park and Nature Park.

$500