Arenac County Fund distributes spring grants



STANDISH —The Arenac County Fund distributed $7,000 in grants to local non-profit organizations during its 2011 Spring Grant Presentation.

The presentation took place at Citizens Bank on Wednesday, June 1.

Chairperson Ronda Switek said the presentation went well.

“Our focus is to help these local non-profit organizations,” she said.

Switek said the county fund focuses on keeping funding in the county.

“Sometimes people make donations and they have no idea where or what the money is going toward,” she said. “This way the money stays here and we can help give back to this area.”

The $7,000 in funding was distributed to eight local non-profit organizations from the Arenac County Fund’s general fund and health initiative fund.

The following organizations received a $1,000 grant. Kairos Healthcare for their web-based addiction recovery program; Domestic Outreach for the Bay Area Women’s Shelter; Bay-Arenac Intermediate School District for the Great Start Preschool; Music With a Message, which provided educational musical assemblies for local schools and youth organizations; The Northeast Michigan Arts Council for the hiring of paraprofessionals to accompany the Arenac Choraleers during their spring concert; American Red Cross for its Educate the Educators program, which certifies educators at local school districts in CPR.

The Arenac County Historical and Genealogical Society received $500 for the renovation of the Omer Courthouse/Masonic Hall and $500 also went to St. Paul Lutheran Church for a new automated external defibrillator.

Switek said all of the organizations were thankful for the money they received.

“They are always thankful,” she said. “Now they will be able to start on the projects they needed funding for.”

Switek said the Arenac County Fund has continued to grow over the years, totaling $470,000 in its endowment fund.

“We want people to continue to apply for funding,” she said. “We may be able to help them.”

The Arenac County Fund was established in 2000 within the Bay Area Community Foundation and distributes grants two times a year, in spring and winter.

More information can be found at or by calling the Bay Area Community Foundation at 989-893-4438.


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