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Welcome to the Alger Regional 

Community Foundation 

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Grant Presentation, Bayshore Park
in Grand Marais, MI – Alger County

The Alger Regional Community Foundation is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to improving the quality of life in Alger County.  

ARCF is a unique institution. It is a permanent, yet flexible, collection of endowment funds contributed by people from all walks of life who want to give something back and to make a difference in their community.

The principal of these funds remain intact forever.  The earnings generated from these endowment funds are  invested back into Alger County  in the form of grants. These grants tackle today’s needs and prepare for tomorrow’s challenges.

A donor is able to give to an endowment fund already established or establish their own endowment fund.

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Alger Regional Community Foundation Announces Grant Monies Available for Alger County Youth Programs Though Its MCFYP Fund

 

 The Alger Regional Community Foundation is now accepting applications for grants from the Michigan Community Foundation Youth Project Fund.  Grants will be awarded to Alger County nonprofit organizations to help fund programs that will benefit Alger County youth.

ARCF was established in 1996 to provide support to enhance the quality of life in Alger County through the building and growth of “permanent endowment funds” from a wide range of donors. A donor’s gift is never spent just the earnings from the endowment funds are used to give grants to Alger County.

In 2015 your Community Foundation gave over $150,000.00 in grants to Alger County to the following programs:  (1) Burt Twp. Schools, Gr. Marias Community Chorus – Project High Rise – To promote and present music in and by Burt Township Community and Burt Township Schools; (2) Alger Co. Hist. Society, Collection Management Improvement:  Inventory, Environmental Monitoring and Youth Volunteer Engagement Program; (3) Alger Parks & Recreation Department, To Keep the FUN & Fitness Going in Central Community Center Program; (4) Bay-Lakes Council, Boy Scouts of America, To enhance High Adventure Mountain Bike Programs – Adding 5 New Mountain Bikes and Helmets for Alger County Scouts; (5) Munising Middle/High School, Peer-to-Peer Program – Incentive Events for Youth; (6) City of Munising, City Beautification Project; (7) Munising Public School, Hoop House Project to Purchase Tools and a watering system; (8) International Lions Club Program To Provide An Opportunity for Alger Co. Youth & Community members To Work Together for the Improvement of the Community Building; (9)  Munising Hockey Association, supporting the Pay for Ice Time to City Program; (10) LMAS District Health Department, funding to purchase books for distribution through the Alger County Baby (ABC) Closet Program; (11) Friends of the Munising Public Library, to aid in supporting the Reach Out and Read Program;  (12) Alger County Youth, Leadership Training Program; and Youth Memorial Endowment Fund Grants to:  Alger Parks & Rec Department, Munising Public Schools, Superior Central Schools, Burt Township Schools, AuTrain Onota Public School, Munising Baptist School, and MSU Extension.  Just to Name a Few!

In addition, ARCF will provide for its future by passing on knowledge and skills to the next generation by building leadership through the Youth Advisory Committee.

The Alger Regional Community Foundation currently has assets of approximately $3 million dollars and operates on a volunteer basis.  The Alger Regional Community Foundation operates on a low budget of less than $15.00 per day.

If you would like more information on the Foundation, to donate to a fund already establish, or to establish your own fund, please contact us at 387-3900

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE OCTOBER 1, 2016

Applications and Guidelines Are Available on the ARCF Website:  www.algercf.com

Or E-mail the Community Foundation:  algercf@yahoo.com

 to request a Grant Application

 

 

2016 SPRING SUMMER GRANTS GIVEN

 

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Pictured left to right:  Front Row:  Honoree, Richard Wm. Nebel, Leah McFarland and Ashley McFarland, MSU; Michele Curtis  of the Boy Scouts; Danny Graves, Munising Baptist School; and Rhonda Lassila, MBTN. Back Row:  Karen Thorrington, ARCF Treas.; Cathy Weymouth, Alger Comm. Food Pantry; Laura Travis, Women’s Center; Jolene Hetherington, ARCF President/Mather Elementary; April Winkler, ARCF Trustee; Kristin Madigan, ARCF Trustee; Sue Maxon, Alger Parks & Rec; Charles Nebel, Honoree; and Barb Trombley, Superior Watershed Partnership.

  1. Alger Co. Food Pantry To purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from local stores to be given out to clients of the Alger Community Food Pantry for families in need;
  2. Alger Parks and Recreation Department – Gaga (Form of Dodge Ball Played with a Soft Foam Ball) Outside Fun, Octagonal Pit. A fun and easy game all ages can play.
  3. Bay Lakes Council, Boy Scouts of America – Purchase of Boat Motor to provide access to the 53-acre Bunting Camp at Lake Hiawatha enhancing opportunities for merit badges in: Environmental Science, Fish and Wildlife Management and Nature
  4. Grand Marias Gets Looped Program – To make the Grand Marais Frank W. Mead Community Center & the Library accessible to the hard of hearing population by providing a looped system.
  5. MSU Community Tool Library – Provision of tools and training for on-farm workshops and classroom visits.
  6. Munising Baptist Computer Lab – To purchase new computer towers – expanding students’ knowledge of typing, media relations and evolving computer technology.
  7. MBTN Trail Kids Program – To purchase safety gear and youth mountain bikes to enable the MBTN volunteers to offer a free six-week instruction program for Alger County Youth
  8. Munising Public Schools Baby Think It Over Program – To provide students of MHS the opportunity to experience being the sole provider for an infant simulator.
  9. Watershed Partnership– To provide funds to deploy, retrieve and maintain 3 observation buoys in Lake Superior on an annual basis.
  10. Mather Chrome in Classroom– To purchase chrome book computers for the third grade (two for each classroom).
  11. Women’s Center– To provide support to Alger Co. victims of domestic violence
  12. City of Munising – City Beautification Project

14th Annual Alger Regional Community Foundation

Youth Memorial Golf Tournament

The ARCF Thanks All Donors, Golfers, Major and Hole Sponsors, and Volunteers for making this year’s Golf Tournament a Big Success In Helping Alger County Youth!

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2015 FALL & WINTER GRANTS

FALL GRANTS 1.16 

Pictured Above Are (Left to Right):  Jolene Hetherington, Alger Regional Community Foundation Trustee, Lisa Cromell, Munising Hockey Association, Elise Bunce, LMAS District Health Department; Karen Thorrington, Alger Regional Community Foundation Trustee/Treasurer; and Kristin Madigan, Alger Regional Community Foundation Trustee/Secretary.

The Alger Regional Community Foundation has two grant cycles each year.  In 2015, the Foundation granted approximately $150,000.

The following grants were given during the 2015 Fall Granting Cycle:   Munising Hockey Association, supporting the Pay for Ice Time to City Program; LMAS District Health Department, funding to purchase books for distribution through the Alger County Baby (ABC) Closet Program; Friends of the Munising Public Library, to aid in supporting the Reach Out and Read Program; and Alger County Youth, Leadership Training Program.

The Fall Grant Cycle which ended on October 1st is designated for youth programs.  There are Grant and Scholarship Applications available online.

The Foundation also accepts donations made through PayPal on its website.  If you would like more information on making a donation to the Alger Regional Community Foundation, in a fund already established or to create your own fund, please call our office at 906-387-3900 or e-mail us at algercf@yahoo.com.

 

 2015 Spring/Summer Grants

SPRING 2015 GRANTS 

Pictured Above Are:  Front Row Left to Right:  Suzette Carberry and Vicki Ballas, Munising Public Schools Hoop House Project; Claudia VanLandschoot, City of Munising Beautification Project; Morgan and Rachel Flynn, Munising Public Schools Peer-to-Peer Program.  Back Row Left to Right: Karen Thorrington, Alger Regional Community Foundation Treasurer; April Winkler, Alger Regional Community Foundation; Kristin Madigan, Alger Regional Community Foundation Secretary; Hillary Pine, Curator, Alger County Historical Society, Environmental Monitoring and Collection Management Program;  Deidra Cook, Munising Public Schools Peer-to-Peer Program.

The Alger Regional Community Foundation has two grant cycles each year.  Last year the Foundation granted $130,000 to Alger County.

The following grants were given during the 2015 Spring/Summer Granting Cycle:  (1) Burt Twp. Schools, Gr. Marias Community Chorus – Project High Rise – To promote and present music in and by Burt Township Community and Burt Township Schools; (2) Alger Co. Hist. Society, Collection Management Improvement:  Inventory, Environmental Monitoring and Youth Volunteer Engagement Program; (3)   Alger Parks & Recreation Department, To Keep the FUN & Fitness Going in Central Community Center Program; (4) Bay-Lakes Council, Boy Scouts of America, To enhance High Adventure Mountain Bike Programs – Adding 5 New Mountain Bikes and Helmets for Alger County Scouts; (5) Munising Middle/High School, Peer-to-Peer Program – Incentive Events for Youth; (6) City of Munising, City Beautification Project; (7) Munising Public School, Hoop House Project to Purchase Tools and a watering system; (8) International Lions Club Program To Provide An Opportunity for Alger Co. Youth & Community members To Work Together for the Improvement of the Community Building.

2014 Summer Grants

In 2014, your Community Foundation gave out over $130,00.00 in Grants, while operating under a low daily budget of approximately $20.00 per day, to the following programs in Alger County:

Alger Parks & Rec, Superior Central Schools, Grand Marais Music in the Air Program, Munising Bay Quilt Guild, D.A.R.E., Frank Mead Community Center Project in Grand Marais, Life of Lake Superior Program, Camp New Day for Youth, Munising Bay Trail Network, Superior Central Drama Organization, Cougar/Mustang Softball & Baseball Program, Munising Public Schools, Above the Influence Program for Youth, First Lutheran Church of Gr. Marais.

 

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