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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.

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.

Foundation 30th Anniversary Celebration

monday, September 20, 2021

West Michigan Research Facility
5185 N. Oceana Dr., Hart, MI 49420

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