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Community Foundation’s Scholarship Application is Now Open

The Community Foundation for Oceana County’s scholarship application is now open and accepting applications until March 1, 2022. To be eligible, you must be a resident of Oceana County and a graduate of an Oceana public or private school. Scholarships are available for everyone; graduating seniors, current college students, even those looking to enter into an apprenticeship program- everyone should apply!

Oceana Community Foundation Announces Fall Grant Awards

The Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) is pleased to announce the recipients of its Fall Community Grant Round. Thirteen grant proposals were awarded, totaling $50,900, to support a range of nonprofit initiatives, health programs, and community projects. CFOC houses over 180 funds, each created by organizations, businesses and individuals passionate about supporting various nonprofits, causes and projects.

Oceana Community Foundation Shares Holiday Giving Ideas

With the holiday season fast approaching, have you thought about giving back to Oceana County? The Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) is thrilled to share its 2021 Community Wish Lists. Each year, the Foundation invites Oceana nonprofits to share their ideas for new projects and purchases they’re hoping for this year. These programs are only possible with the help of the community, as these wishes help cover expenses beyond their cash-strapped budget. Funding a wish is a fantastic way to celebrate your community!

Community Foundation Inviting Leaders to Apply for Leadership Learning Lab Program

In partnership with NorthSky Nonprofit Network, Rotary Charities of Traverse City, the Frey Foundation, and other northern lower Community Foundations, the Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) invites local leaders to apply for the 2022 Leadership Learning Lab (LLL) program. The Foundation welcomes leaders at all levels from nonprofit organizations, businesses, government agencies, and Tribal Nations to apply. The application deadline is December 1, 2021

Hesperia Community Assessment Report Out

The results are in on the Hesperia Community Assessment conducted on August 18. The report out and planning meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 2nd at the Hesperia High School cafeteria at 6:30pm. Participants are asked to enter through the cafeteria doors.  The consultant has prepared a comprehensive report and will lead this follow-up resident session to identify top priorities, issues and next steps. Together, participants will brainstorm a starting point towards reaching their vision, and a roadmap of how to approach community investment.

Community Foundation Announces 2021 Teacher Mini-Grant Awards

With students and educators returning to face-to-face learning this fall, the Community Foundation is excited to announce its award of over $6,600 in Teacher Mini-Grants! This year’s Teacher Mini Grant (TMG) program awarded 29 grants to seven schools in Oceana County – nearly doubling the number of grants awarded in 2020.

Oceana Community Foundation Announces First-Ever Placemaking Grant Awards

During the pandemic, the need for outdoor spaces became pronounced as Oceana residents explored nature as a safe getaway. This great need also highlighted the variance in infrastructure across the County, with some areas lacking amenities or the staff capacity to advocate and apply for needed items. The Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) is proud to announce the results of its first-ever placemaking grant round to underserved local communities.

New AmeriCorps VISTA member serving the Foundation

A local AmeriCorps position was recently filled to continue to confront Oceana’s education challenges and to overcome poverty barriers. The Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) renewed their partnership with the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) for a 5th time to host an AmeriCorps VISTA member. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve communities through added human capacity in the community economic development work of small nonprofits.

Read Early Read Often program turning the page on children’s literacy

Since its creation in 2016, as a leadership initiative of the Community Foundation for Oceana County, Oceana Read Early. Read Often. (RERO) has been working hard to make children’s books and early literacy resources accessible and equitable across the county. Providing books and educational activities to the families of young children can encourage later academic excellence, as access to literacy resources is associated with higher education attainment.  In the past five years, RERO has grown and flourished, providing over 36,000 books to Oceana kids!

Hesperia Community Assessment Planned for August 18

The Community Foundation of Oceana County is thrilled to partner with the Village of Hesperia, the Right Place, and the Oceana County Economic Alliance to begin a community assessment on August 18 of Hesperia and its surrounding communities. The initiative is an exciting opportunity to support Hesperia’s economic development, while listening to area residents’ ideas and feedback. The Hesperia Area Community Assessment will provide local officials, organizations, and residents with a shared vision for the future. Together, they can brainstorm a starting point towards reaching their vision, and a roadmap of how to approach community investment.  

Community Foundation Receives Four Grant Awards

The Community Foundation for Oceana County is thrilled to announce that we recently received four grants, totally $35,000! Thank you to Fifth Third Bank, Michigan College Access Network, United Way of the Lakeshore-Oceana and Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF). As an organization that both receives and provides grants, the Community Foundation understands a grant’s impact on local projects and programs.

Community Foundation Announces 2021 Scholarship Awards

Congratulations to Oceana County’s most recent graduates! Despite facing uncertainty, they have worked hard to continue their education and have fearlessly adapted to change. In partnership with many donors, the Community Foundation for Oceana County is pleased to offer financial support for area student’s pursuit of higher education. The Foundation’s 2021 Scholarship Program has awarded 220 scholarships to local students, investing $239,650 into our community’s future! 157 students are receiving awards this year, up from 138 in 2020. 

Oceana Community Foundation Hiring AmeriCorps VISTA Service Member

The Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) is excited to announce an opening for an AmeriCorps VISTA member. In partnership with the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM), the Foundation will host a VISTA member, beginning August 16, 2021, to add organizational capacity.

Announcing Foundation’s 2021 Spring Community Grant Awards

The Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) is pleased to announce its Spring 2021 Grant Awards, totaling $50,750! These grants are awarded to various nonprofit, government, and school districts to help benefit our community.

Community Foundation Announces Adult Scholarships to Support Essential Workers

The Community Foundation for Oceana County is excited to announce the availability of adult student scholarships aimed at students accepted into the Futures for Frontliners or Michigan Reconnect programs enrolled at Muskegon Community College or West Shore Community College. 

Announcing the Community Foundation’s 2021 Spring Competitive Grant Round

The Community Foundation for Oceana County is excited to announce the opening of their Spring 2021 Competitive Grant Round. The application opens Friday, March 5th, and requests are submitted online at the Foundation’s website. The Foundation is accepting applications now through April 19th. A Letter of Intent will be due two weeks prior on April 5th. Grantees are encouraged to discuss your proposal with the Foundation, by calling 231-869-3377 or e-mailing Program Officer, Danielle Siegel at danielle@oceanafoundation.org.

Community Foundation for Oceana County Scholarship Application Closing Soon!

The Community Foundation for Oceana County’s scholarship program is currently open, but closing soon! Students of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including high school/homeschooled seniors, current college students, and adult learners/returning students. Applications are available online at https://oceanafoundation.org/scholarships/. Applications are due by March 15th, 2021.  

Shelby Rotary Club Wants To Send Kids to Camp

The Shelby Rotary Club and the Community Foundation for Oceana County are pleased to offer the chance for Oceana youth to attend summer camp. Both groups want to impact the youth of Oceana County whom, due to financial hardship, may never have the opportunity to attend camp.

Foundation Appreciates Frontline Healthcare Workers

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our Oceana healthcare workers – and other essential workers – have been the unsung heroes of our community. To show our appreciation, the Community Foundation of Oceana County is continuing their support and celebration of Oceana frontline healthcare workers through their Appreciation Box Campaign. Healthcare workers are at the forefront of combating the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to creating a safe community for all residents. The Community Foundation’s Appreciation Boxes are a modest thank-you for their work and bravery and are supported by the combined contributions of many to our Urgent Needs Fund.

Emma Kirwin and Joe Klimovitz Join the Community Foundation for Oceana County’s Board of Trustees

The Community Foundation for Oceana County is pleased to announce the addition of Emma Kirwin and Joe Klimovitz to its Board of Trustees.

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