Grants • Scholarships • Applications
Grant Application Deadlines:
Scholarships – March 15 Deadline
Spring Grants – April 1st Deadline: Open to all nonprofit organizations to fund community enhancing projects and programs*
Contact: Alger Regional Community Foundation: (906) 387-3900
Information for Grant Applicants
A non-profit organization seeking a grant from the Community Foundation must complete the application and return it and (5) copies to the Foundation. The application consists of:
- Grant Application Cover Sheet
- Information requested on Narrative Form
- Grant budget
- Copy of IRS determination letter indicating 501(c)(3) or other non-profit status
- Letter(s) of support, which verify project need and collaboration with other organizations
- Please specify Youth involvement in the project. These applications will be given priority by the Youth Advisory Committee.
- “Grants are made only to non-profit organization INCLUDING subdivisions of government, churches etc… that are exempt from federal taxation”
Field of Interests Funds:
- Rotary Youth
Established through a gift from the Munising Rotary Club to support youth activities in Alger County.
- Youth Memorial Endowment
Established to support youth of Alger County who may not otherwise be able to participate in activities or projects because of financial need. This fund is supported by the annual ARCF Youth Memorial Golf Tournament.
- Marianne Evans Memorial
Established by family and friends in memory of Marianne. Grants from this fund help defer the costs for students of Munising Public Schools in grades 5-8 to become involved in non-sports related cultural and educational activities.
- Excellence in Education Endowment
Established by an endowment from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to sustain the Excellence in Education Week activities. Earnings on this designated fund are pooled with the Marquette Community Foundation earnings to provide funding for student scholarships, professional development awards, and the award activities of EEW.
- Great Lakes Center for Youth Development
This agency endowment was created by GLCYD for the purpose of providing support to that organization.
- MCFYP (Michigan Community Foundation Youth Program) Fund
Established to support youth activities in Alger County. The money endowed in this fund came from the successful completion of the Youth Challenge Grants received from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, as well as gifts from other donors.
- Corey Oas
Established in memory of Corey Oas by his family and friends. Activities supported by this fund are advised by the Oas Family and support youth activities in Alger County.
- Larissa Vartti Memorial
Established in memory of Larissa by her family and friends. Grants support activities and projects for running sports (such as cross country, and girls’ and boys’ track) in the Munising School system.
- Billy Burke Youth Memorial Fishing Award
Established to support and recognize youth who participate in the annual fishing tournament sponsored by the Alger Fish and Game Alliance. Grants are used to purchase trophies and provide prizes.
- ACE (Alger County Environmental) Fund Established by a grant from the Great Lakes Environmental Fund of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. In addition, donors with an interest in Alger County have contributed to the ACE Fund. Grants from this fund are for projects that will encourage balance between residential, commercial and recreational activities while sustaining a clean, safe, healthy, and productive environment.
Health and Human Services
- Alger PHLAG / Healthy Youth & Seniors
Established by an endowment from the Council of Michigan Foundations as the result of a $2.1 million payment it received from the State of Michigan on interest earned on the tobacco settlement funds. Originally designated for use in tobacco cessation programs, since 2008 community foundations with endowments in place from this settlement are able to use this endowment for projects to encourage healthy youth and seniors.
- Alger Christian Care
Established through a gift from an anonymous donor as a way of extending assistance to Alger County residents experiencing temporary situational difficulties.
- Charles H. Stark Law Enforcement & Public Safety
Established by family and friends in memory of Judge Charles Stark. Grants from this fund help provide Alger County and the City of Munising law enforcement agencies with the tools, equipment, training, and other resources to support and improve public safety, especially water safety.
- Richard William Nebel Endowment Fund
Family and friends of Richard created this fund in his honor in celebration of his 70th birthday. The fund was established to provide support for projects that improve the aesthetic appearance of the community in order to spur economic development.
- Fuzzy Boyak Memorial
Created to memorialize Fuzzy Boyak by his family. Fuzzy loved and supported many efforts in our community and his family wishes to continue those efforts.
- J.E.A.N. (bringing Joy, Enrichment, and the Arts to the North) Fund
Established in memory of Jean L. Mehlenbacher by her family and friends in Grand Marais to support cultural events and to bring guest performances to Grand Marais.
- Alger County Women’s Enrichment
Established by a group of Alger County women interested in supporting activities designed to enrich the lives of women.
- Alger County Operating / Administrative
Established to support the administrative activities of ARCF.
- Alger County Unrestricted
Established through gifts from generous individuals as an unrestricted fund in support of activities designed to enhance opportunities in Alger County in the charitable, educational, recreational, environmental, cultural, or social welfare areas.
- Peoples State Bank – Hometown Endowment Fund
Established through a gift from the Peoples State Bank as an unrestricted fund in support of activities designed to enhance opportunities in Alger County in the charitable, educational, recreational, environmental, cultural, or social welfare areas.
- Eric & Danielle Beverly Scholarship Fund
Established by Eric and Danielle to support a Munising High School student-athlete graduate planning to pursue further education in a medically-related field. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.75, have earned a varsity letter, and have demonstrated excellence by their outstanding community service activities.
» Eric & Danielle Beverly Scholarship Application:
- Kiwanis Club of Alger County
Established by the Kiwanis Club in memory of Brenda K. Tannehill. Applicants must be graduates of Munising High School, Superior Central High School, or Burt Twp. Schools. Awards are based on:
- Participation in community service/involvement (weighted 50%)
- Participation in athletic programs (weighted 35%)
- Academic achievements (weighted 15%)
» Kiwanis Club of Alger County Scholarship Application:
- Simonen Scholarship
Established by their sons in memory of Paul and Alice. Applicants may be graduates of any Alger County high school, or residents of Alger County that are seeking an opportunity to attend a college, university, technical or vocational institution. Preference will be given to an individual with future potential as evidenced by an exceptional record of achievement in school, community, and/or employment.
» Simonen Scholarship Applications:
For the scholarships below, please download and complete the ARCF Scholarship Application for each scholarship you wish to apply for.
» Alger Regional Community Foundation Scholarship Application:
- Lloyd C. Artibee Scholarship. Established by an anonymous donor in memory of Lloyd. Applicants must be graduates of Munising High School, planning to attend a university, college, technical, or vocational institution, and have been involved in community and/or school activities. Financial need may be considered, but is not a requirement
- Joseph B. Brey Memorial Scholarship. Established by family and friends in memory of Joseph B. Brey and his love of education and helping those less fortunate in their educational needs. Applicants must be graduates of Munising High School.
- BRP Central Region Ski-Doo. Established by Bombardier Recreational Products Corp. Applicants must be graduates of Munising High School planning to attend a vocational or technical institution, and must successfully complete their first semester with a minimum GPA of 2.0.
- Vernon Constantineau Memorial. Established in memory of Vernon. Applicants must be graduates of Munising High School who have excelled in the area of business and technology, have completed a least 2 business courses and 1 computer course in high school with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in these courses, have a good attendance record, and be planning to major in a business or computer field.
- Thelma N. Cotey. Established by her family in memory of Thelma. Applicants must be graduates of Munising High School planning to pursue further education in the areas of medicine, business, or forestry. Financial need is a consideration.
- Elliot-Kling Scholarship Fund – The sole purpose of the Fund shall be to provide an annual scholarship to a Munising High School graduate who intends to continue their education at an institution of higher learning. The graduating senior receiving this very special award will be required to be a graduating student of high academic achievement. Established by the famiy to honor Susan Mathews’ aunt, grandmother, and great-aunt, as well as her mother, who all graduated from Munising High and had the opportunity to go to college.
- Joseph C. Hamel. Established by Mrs. Hamel in memory of her husband. Applicants must be graduates of Munising High School with a GPA of 2.5-3.0. Financial need may be considered, but is not a requirement.
- Lois Chaltry Hamel. Established by Mrs. Hamel. Applicants must be graduates of Munising High School with a GPA of 2.5-3.0.
- Dr. John F. Hechtman. Established in memory of Dr. Hechtman. Applicants must be graduates of Munising High School planning to pursue a degree in engineering, chemistry, math, or physics. Academic excellence is the primary consideration.
- PETE HEYRMAN AWARD SCHOLARSHIP Endowment Fund. The sole purpose of the Fund shall be to provide an annual scholarship to graduates of Munising High School. The graduating male and female senior(s) receiving this very special award will meet the following requirements:
- Graduating Male Senior will be given to a Munising Mustang senior athlete on the Munising Mustangs varsity football team who most represents Pete Heyrman’s characteristics during his years as a student assistant on the Munising Mustangs Football Team; and
- Graduating Female Senior will be given to a Munising Mustang senior athlete on the Munising Mustangs varsity team who most represents Pete Heyrman’s characteristics during his years as a student assistant on the Munising Mustangs Football Team.
- Carl “Star” Kjellin. Established by family and friends in memory of Carl. Applicants must be graduates of Munising High School planning to pursue a degree in the field of law enforcement, and be in the upper 50% of their class.
- Ellen Lindquist Award. Established by her family in memory of Ellen. Applicants must be Munising High School graduates planning to pursue a degree in a medically-related field, and must successful complete their first college semester with a minimum GPA of 2.5.
- Barbara Moore Memorial. Established by her family in memory of Barbara. Applicants must be graduates of either Munising High School or Superior Central High School with a minimum 2.5 GPA, be planning to pursue a degree in a business or health field, have been involved in volunteer work in the community, and have worked summer jobs or part-time work during their high school career.
- Native American Education Award. This fund was established to recognize a Native American graduate of Munising High School. Applicants must be a participant in Native Cultural/Academic activities, projects, or programs while attending MHS, be a participant in community service activities, and must have a minimum 2.0 overall GPA.
- Henry R. Nelson. Established by his family in memory of Henry. Applicants must be Munising High School graduates planning to pursue a degree in the area of Industrial Technology, Industrial Arts, or computer technology. Preference will be given to students who will be attending Northern Michigan University.
- Mary Peterson Memorial. Established by her family in memory of Mary. Applicants must be Munising High School graduates planning to continue their education at an institution of higher learning.
- S.H.I.N.E. Established by family and friends in memory of C.J. Wrona. Applicants must be Munising High School graduates planning to continue their education at a college, university, technical or vocational institution. Applicants must demonstrate involvement in community and school activities, and have participated in the Munising Hockey Association as a player.
- Superior Central School District Scholarship Fund. Graduating Seniors from Superior Central School District are eligible.
- William J. Tidd. Established by his family in memory of William. Applicants must be Munising High School graduates planning to continue their education at a college, university, technical or vocational institution, and have demonstrated enthusiasm for their chosen curriculum through their academic achievements, citizenship, and leadership.
- C. Lynn Vendien. Established by Ms. Vendien because of her love of the Munising area and her desire to help others. Applicants must be Munising High School graduates planning to pursue a degree in physical education or music. Financial need may be a final consideration, but is not an eligibility requirement.
- Frank & Mary Hausler Scholarship Fund. Established by the Hausler Family to offer scholarships to high school seniors in Alger County for educational advancement. Scholarships may be awarded each year for the purpose of assisting worthy and qualified college and university students to complete their education for a learned profession, including but not limited to the profession of medicine, law, dentistry, engineering or the priesthood. Scholarships will be awarded to students who have demonstrated the qualities of good moral character, good citizenship, scholarship and vocational ambition, and who show promise of successful careers in their chosen field.
For the post graduate scholarships below, please download and complete the application for each scholarship you wish to apply for.
» Alger Regional Community Foundation Post Graduate Scholarship Application:
- Clarence A. Thunander Endowment Scholarship Fund. Established by the Thunander family to provide an annual scholarship to a student who graduated from a high school in Alger County, who is continuing his/her education at an institution of higher learning in the medical-related field. The student receiving this award will be required to have completed 50 hours of satisfactory college credit with 10 hours in a medical-related field. They must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale. They must be attending an accredited college and pursuing a minimum of a 4-year degree in a medical-related field.
- Munising Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Unendowed Fund. This fund was established by the Munising Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and the purpose of the Fund shall be to provide an annual scholarship to students who have graduated from a high school in Alger County and have completed one full year (2 semesters) in the medical field. Students may receive scholarships twice, providing college transcripts. Financial need has a preference.
Basic Requirements for Youth Advisory
Committee Grant Guidelines
- Does your grant fill an unmet need? The YAC looks favorably upon grants which provide new or sustained opportunities for youth in our community.
- Is your target population well defined? Who will your grant affect? How many? In what ways? The YAC generally looks favorably upon projects that serve a large audience of youth; however well defined quality projects that benefit a smaller audience are also considered.
- Does your grant-writing process involve youth? Can you show that youth have a vested interest in the project? The YAC looks favorably upon grants that include letters of support by youth, surveys, or evidence of youth focus groups. Ideally, projects initiated and grants written by youth themselves are preferable?
- Does your project have community support? Do your letters of support show direct relevance to the project? Do your letters of support come from variety of stakeholders? The YAC looks favorably on letters that enhance The Committee’s understanding of the project. Each letter of support should specify the author’s own involvement or the impact this project will have on them or their organization.
- Are partnerships and collaborations with other individuals or organizations described in your grant? What community resources will be involved in the project and how? The YAC looks favorably upon projects that bring multiple organizations and people together for a common goal.
- Is your project self-sustaining? The YAC guidelines state that the YAC can only fund a specific project once. Continual grant requests for the same projects will not be funded. The YAC is not a source of continual funding.
- Is your project goal well defined? The YAC looks favorably upon grants that are definitive in their requests. The narrative section should adequately detail the purpose of the project.
- Is your budget well defined? Specificity is especially important in the budget portion of the grant application. For example, be certain to specify how the funds are to be used, particularly those in the line item labeled “Other.”
- There are certain things that the YAC does not fund. These include personnel salaries and transportation for field trips, however we will consider funding for registration or admission fees. The YAC generally does not fund operating expenses.
- Have you made other attempts to secure additional sources of funding? The YAC looks favorably upon projects where the stakeholders have pursued other funds such as through fundraisers, donations, or other grants.
- Is your grant clearly written and legible? A well edited and neat grant shows that the grant writer has pride in the project. The YAC also welcomes a reasonable number of visual aids that enhance the committee’s understanding of the grant, such as photographs, pamphlets, or other non-electronic aids. However, visual aids should be relevant to the project.