CCCF grants $12,700 to local agencies

March 23, 2017

The Clare County Community Foundation (CCCF) accepts grant applications from nonprofit agencies located in Clare County on a quarterly basis. Grants are made possible through funds that have been donated to the community foundation by area residents and businesses.

The following grants were approved by CCCF trustees for the first quarter of 2017:

Clare Chamber of Commerce: The Clare Chamber of Commerce received a $2,000 grant toward their office renovation project, which aims to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere for visitors to the historic Clare Depot. The welcome center, office space and conference room are all planned for renovations that respect the historical value of the building. $1,000 of this grant came from the Reine M. Doherty Community Fund.

Clare County Agricultural Society: $5,000 was granted toward the Clare County Fairgrounds for phase two of a large renovation project. This phase focuses on safety and structural integrity. Roof replacement of an exhibitor building, repairing the grandstand’s handicap accessible ramp, and repairs to certain sections of bleachers that have become uneven over time are all part of the project.

Mid Michigan Community Action Agency: A $5,000 grant was awarded for the conversion of a preschool playground to an outdoor learning environment. The updated playground for Head Start preschool is intended to enhance the healthy physical, cognitive and social development of at-risk preschool children. Half of the grant comes from the CCCF Youth Action Council and half from the Brighter Futures Fund.

Garfield Township: A $5,000 grant was awarded toward the Lake Station Trailhead Development Project. The entire project will cost $326,400 and consists of several barrier free amenities including a pavilion, picnic tables, benches, restrooms, a kiosk, bike racks, paved parking, and a snowmobile loading area.

City of Clare Parks and Recreation: The Clare Recreation Complex Project will utilize a $5,000 grant from the CCCF Brighter Futures Fund to help develop a multipurpose community park and soccer complex. Funds will specifically go toward the well and irrigation system. The 26 acre parcel has already been purchased and plans for a skate park, pavilions, concession building, paved exercise trails, and ten soccer fields are now underway.

Harrison Community Fire Department: The fire department received a $2,500 grant toward new self-contained breathing apparatus systems. Current systems are 25 years old and utilize outdated technology. $800 of this grant came from the Charles and Dorothy Ashcraft Fund.

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