Volunteers with St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Food for Families Soup Kitchen and Pantry display a banner made to recognize 4CCF’s financial support of their programs in Imlay City.

More than $93,000 in grant funding has been awarded to local schools and nonprofit organizations in the first quarter of Four County Community Foundation’s 2024 grant cycle.

Review committee members analyzed funding requests that have the ability to positively impact residents in all four counties the foundation (4CCF) serves.

A bulk of the funding will go towards education-based projects. Recipients include the Lapeer County Intermediate School District which will receive funds for their ‘Model’ Classroom Library Initiative; Kingsbury Country Day School for the construction of a boardwalk as part of an Eagle Scout Project and Armada’s Krause Elementary School for a Family STEAM Night event. Patrons of Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library will soon have access to an expanded collection of Spanish language materials thanks to a 4CCF grant. Likewise, area students can explore science activities and competitions and learn about science-based careers through their participation in Macomb Science Olympiad, another first quarter grant recipient.

Grant dollars will also address food security and housing needs in Lapeer County with awards going to Love INC. of Greater Lapeer for their Hope for Home and Power Toward Change programs and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Food for Families free meal and pantry program.

Outdoor recreation projects also got a boost from 4CCF grant funding. The board of trustees approved awards for the Kiwanis Club of Lapeer Foundation’s Inclusive Playground and the Village of Armada’s purchase of new playscape equipment for Memorial Park. Capac Elementary School was granted funds to purchase a sandbox for their youngest students to enjoy.

Monday, April 1 is the next deadline for applications. Applications and more information about the grant-seeking process can be found online at www.4ccf.org/grantees/. The Foundation provides grants to eligible, IRS tax-exempt organizations, schools, and governmental agencies operating in the Four County Community Foundation service areas in Lapeer, St. Clair, Macomb and Oakland counties. Grants are made to support innovative ideas in education, health, and community, including youth and adult programs.

In addition to the traditional grant application, 4CCF’s Youth Advisory Committee also offers a Grant Tank program that provides up to $3,000 for youth-driven projects. In lieu of a traditional grant application, Grant Tank applicants can fill out a short form and submit a video describing their project. Grant Tank information can be found online at www.4ccf.org/grantees/.

For more information about Four County Community Foundation, visit www.4ccf.org or call (810) 798-0909.