Four County Community Foundation (4CCF) is committed to serving the current and emerging needs of our local residents. To date in 2022, the Foundation has awarded 35 grants totaling $149,000. In addition, over $334,000 was awarded to local students in the form of college scholarships. The grants reflect the Foundation’s ongoing support of education initiatives and community improvement in the local area.
Nearly $30,000 was awarded to our local school districts for school and classroom projects. From an FFA livestock trailer to guest authors, from athletic team support to an after-school music club, the Foundation supports innovative projects happening throughout our schools.
The Foundation supported a number of wellness projects including Senior Bingo-cize, Healthy MI BadgeCamp, Teen Mental Health First-Aid Training, and the ADA’s Camp Midicha, located here in Michigan. At Camp Midicha, area youth with diabetes receive health education as well as enjoy summer camp activities.
Grants were awarded to support two local food pantries and the Child Advocacy Center of Lapeer County. The Stone Soup Food Pantry in Lapeer and St. Mary Mystical Rose Food Pantry, located in Richmond, serve families in need in Lapeer and Macomb counties. Both pantries seek to expand and improve efficiency as community need grows. The Child Advocacy Center is developing a new facility in Lapeer Township. The building will provide a safe and private environment for children and families during a most difficult time.
The Oxford Fire Department received a grant to support their “Safety Begins at Home” initiative; installing smoke and CO detectors throughout the community. OFD volunteers will go door-to-door to install and test the detectors.
Finally, Foundation volunteers reviewed over 600 scholarship applications from local students. The Board of Trustees approved 188 awards from 55 scholarship funds. Awards are available for students attending four-year universities, community college, and for vocational/technical career training. The whole community can be proud of the many generous donors who make scholarships available for our area youth. High school and college students, remember to apply for 4CCF scholarships December through March 1.
Four County Community Foundation manages 150 funds, which provide support for a wide array of charitable programs. In our 35-year history, we have grown from an original $2.5 million to over $20 million in assets and have returned $10 million to the communities we serve. Created by and for the people of the corners of Lapeer, Macomb, Oakland, and St. Clair Counties, 4CCF enables anyone with philanthropic interests to support the needs of our community. By bringing together the resources of individuals, families and businesses, Four County Community Foundation creates a permanent source of community capital that can benefit our local region for good, forever, for everyone!