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Oceana Community Foundation Announces Fall Grant Awards

November 23, 2021 – 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. While donor advisors are able to select grant requests to support, our Field of Interest Funds are entrusted to the CFOC Board of Trustees to make grant decisions. The most flexible funding source is the Community Investment Fund, that supports critical, unmet needs or program initiatives as they arise. Donor advisors contributed nearly $30,000 towards these awards.  “Because a small portion of our Foundation’s assets are available from unrestricted funds, we are unable to support all of the funding requests we receive. The impact these donor advisors have are immeasurable,” said CEO Tammy Carey.  

Full results of the 13 awards can be seen under the GRANTS tab on the Foundation’s website, including highlights below:  

  • Agewell Services, $5,000 from the Elaine & Lee Curtis and Health Funds to provide safe, balanced and consistent meals to Oceana residents 60+ and homebound. 
  • Immigrant Connection, Inc., $5,000 from an anonymous donor to support the launch of an Immigrant Connection site at Hart Wesleyan Church, that will provide high quality, low-cost immigration legal services. 
  • Grant Township Fire Department, $4,000 from the Henry & Dorothy V. Fischer Family Fund to outfit a donated trailer to be used for firefighter rehabilitation & safety during fire events across Oceana County.  
  • Muskegon-Oceana Community Action Partnership, $5,000 from the Randall and Linda Wagner Fund and the Community Investment Fund to provide vehicle repair and childcare vouchers to Oceana residents as a form of workforce development. 
  • Pentwater Arts Council, $6,500 from Wagner and Janie Denman Legacy Funds to place five sculptures in public places in Pentwater. 
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, $3,500 from the Youth Fund to support activities & supplies for the baby pantry. 
  • Village of Pentwater, $5,000 from the LaBarge-Beeber Family Fund to improve the sound quality at Park Place Community Center with acoustic panels. 

CFOC is currently undergoing a $50,000 Challenge Match, supported by two anonymous donors. Until the end of the year, donations to the Administrative Fund, Community Investment Fund, or both, will be matched. Each and every gift makes a difference – don’t miss your opportunity to have your gift (and its effects on CFOC’s grant rounds) doubled! 

For more information on the community grant rounds, or the challenge match call the Foundation at 231-869-3377 or email the CEO at 

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The Community Foundation for Oceana County envisions an Oceana where everyone has access to resources to thrive. It receives and manages contributions from people and organizations and has provided nearly $8 million in grants and scholarships back to the community since 1989. More information can be obtained by calling the Foundation office at 231-869-3377, logging onto, or following the Facebook page.