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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Community Foundation Announces Support of Essential Workers
The Community Foundation for Oceana County is pleased to announce the availability of adult student scholarships aimed at students accepted into the Futures for Frontliners program, enrolled at Muskegon Community College or West Shore Community College.
CARES Act Changes to Tax Regulations
Did you know the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides increased tax incentives for charitable giving, for both individuals and corporations? Everyone can claim an automatic $300 deduction, without itemizing!
Foundation Offers Holiday Giving Ideas
Have you ever considered giving a holiday gift to your community? Oceana County nonprofits have made a list and you can check it twice! As part of its philanthropy leadership, the Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) annually invites area nonprofits to tell us which projects and purchases can only happen with the financial support from the community.
Announcing Foundation’s 2020 Fall Grants & Teacher Mini-Grants
The Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) recently awarded $26,662 to a variety of community organizations and school classrooms to benefit area people.
Foundation’s scholarship program accepting applications!
The Community Foundation for Oceana County’s scholarship program is now open! If you’re a high school or homeschooled senior, current college student, an early college senior, or adult learner/returning student, the Foundation may have a scholarship for you. Applications are available online and are submitted electronically at the Foundation website. Applications are due March 15th, 2021.
Foundation’s 2020 Fall Grants Round Opens August 1st
The Community Foundation for Oceana County is pleased to announce another competitive grant round is open for application starting August 1. The application deadline is September 30. During the spring grant round, nearly $40,000 in grants were approved. With the partnership of multiple donor advisors to leverage grant dollars, all eligible applications were fully funded. “Understanding Oceana’s greatest needs and how we can be a catalyst for change definitely guides our work. We have become much more active in promoting economic development activities in the last couple of years, including post-secondary education attainment, workforce development, and capital investments in community projects. The support of our donors and their eagerness to partner continue to enable significant impact,” said Foundation CEO Tammy Carey. The Foundation ended 2019 with $14.1 million in assets and began operations as an independent community foundation on January 1, 2020.
RACIAL JUSTICE & EQUITY STATEMENT
“We all came in on different ships, but we’re all in the same boat now.” Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. made that matter-of-fact observation during the Civil Rights Movement of the ’60s. Indeed, the ship that is this nation has a diverse passenger manifest, which is one of the most wonderful attributes of America. With the exception of Native Americans, all of us came from elsewhere, with diverse ideas and beliefs. But all have come together under the words of The Declaration of Independence – that all men are created equal and equally entitled to life, liberty, and happiness. And yet, it took more than 250 years for that belief to apply to all of our citizens, regardless of race.
Foundation’s scholarship program continues to help area students
In the face of an uncertain school year, our Seniors continued to strive and grow as students and young adults. Their graduation this spring is a hallmark of their tenacity and excellence, and their future, with goals in mind, is destined to be bright. They will go forward and make their mark on the world, sharing their visions for a better future. The Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) shares pride in their accomplishments and, along with our donors, are excited to offer financial support to help them along their way.
Read early. Read often. Shifts to Address Need
Read Early, Read Often (RERO), established in 2016, distributes free children’s books to families in Oceana County through partnerships with local agencies including area nonprofits, early childhood centers, food pantries, and more! RERO encourages reading to children starting at birth. Babies and toddlers who are read to early and often will have heard as many as thirty million more words than children who aren’t read to before Preschool. Further, the number of books in a child’s home has shown to be as impactful on a child’s educational attainment as the education level of her parents.
Urgent Needs Fund Grants to Non-Profits Throughout Oceana
The Foundation established an Urgent Needs Fund in late March to provide support to area nonprofit organizations, schools and governments on the front lines serving those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We fast-tracked $28,825 in grants over the last six weeks, with the greatest concern around food access. Over time, donations have totaled close to $70,000.
Oceana County Sheriff’s Office to Purchase Police K-9
With the recent change to marijuana laws in Michigan, the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office is adding a K-9 to the department. The current K-9 in the department, Krieger, was purchased in 2017 and was trained to alert deputies of unlawful controlled substances, which at the time included marijuana. Once a dog has been trained to search for specific narcotics, it’s nearly impossible to remove one substance from the dog’s training and understanding.
2020 Spring Grant Round Announced
The Community Foundation for Oceana County is pleased to announce that $693,215 was granted out of Foundation funds in 2019 to support a wide variety of nonprofit programs, leadership initiatives, student scholarships and community projects. “Understanding Oceana’s greatest needs and how we can be a catalyst for change definitely guides our work. We’ve become much more active in promoting economic development activities in the last couple years, including post-secondary education attainment, workforce development and capital investments in community projects. The support of our donors and their eagerness to partner continue to be enable significant impact,” said Foundation CEO Tammy Carey. The Foundation ended 2019 with $14.1 million in assets.
Foundation Establishes Urgent Needs Fund in Response to Health Crisis
The Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) has established an Urgent Needs Fund to provide support to area nonprofit organizations, schools and governments on the front lines serving those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund received initial support of $40,000 from the Foundation, several anonymous partners and Mrs. Mullen’s Closet Fund of the Community Foundation for Oceana County.
YAC completes Needs Assessment to Identify Top Issues for Area Youth
The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a grantmaking committee of the Community Foundation for Oceana County consisting of 41 high-schoolers from Oceana County school districts. Following Council of Michigan Foundation’s best practices, the Council is tasked with conducting a County-wide needs assessment survey every three years.
Sarah Schlukebir Joins Foundation Board
Peterson Farms, Inc. and the Community Foundation for Oceana County, are pleased to announce that Sarah Schlukebir, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer, has become a Foundation Board Trustee. Sarah is excited to contribute to Community Foundation at Oceana County in her new role. Oceana County has been her home since childhood and a fundamental part of her family history.
United Way of the Lakeshore Mobile Food Pantry on April 23rd
friday, April 23, 2021
Peterson Farms, Inc.
3104 West Baseline Road in Shelby
United Way of the Lakeshore Mobile Food Pantry on May 7th
friday, May 7, 2021
3724 S. 80th Ave in New Era
United Way of the Lakeshore Mobile Food Pantry on June 11th
friday, June 11, 2021
Michigan Freeze Pack
3350 West Polk Road in Hart
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