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.
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.
Scholarships- Deadline March 15
Unless a specific application is listed with a scholarship description, please use the ARCF application for EACH scholarship you wish to
» Alger Regional Community Foundation Scholarship Application:
Alger County Schools
- Eric & Danielle Beverly Scholarship Fund
Two scholarships will be given- one to a Munising High School and one to an Alger County 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
Two scholarships will be given to a Munising High School, Superior Central High School, or Burt Twp. High School graduate. 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
A scholarship will be given to a graduate of any Alger County high school or a resident of Alger County that is seeking an opportunity to pursue higher education.
» Simonen Scholarship Applications:
- Frank & Mary Hausler Scholarship Fund. Applicants must be planning to pursue educational advancement in medicine, law, dentistry, or the priesthood.
- Superior Central School District Scholarship Fund. Graduating Seniors from Superior Central School District are eligible.
- Lloyd C. Artibee Scholarship. Applicants must be planning to attend a university, college, technical, or vocational institution, and have been involved in community and/or school activities.
- Joseph B. Brey Memorial Scholarship. Applicants must be graduates of Munising High School.
- BRP Central Region Ski-Doo. 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. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, have a good attendance record, and be planning to major in a business or computer field.
- Thelma N. Cotey. Applicants must be planning to pursue further education in the areas of medicine, business, or forestry.
- Elliot-Kling Scholarship Fund – Applicants must be graduates of Munising High School.
- Joseph C. Hamel. Applicants must be graduates of Munising High School with a GPA of 2.5-3.0.
- Lois Chaltry Hamel. Applicants must be graduates of Munising High School with a GPA of 2.5-3.0.
- Dr. John F. Hechtman. Applicants must be graduates of Munising High School planning to pursue a degree in engineering, chemistry, math, or physics.
- Pete Heyrman. Two annual scholarships given to graduates of Munising High School. The graduating male and female senior(s) will meet the following requirements:
- Graduating Male Senior given to an athlete on the varsity football team; and
- Graduating Female Senior given to an athlete on a varsity team.
- Carl “Star” Kjellin. Applicants must be graduates of Munising High School planning to pursue a degree in the field of law enforcement.
- Ellen Lindquist Award. Applicants must be Munising High School graduates planning to pursue a degree in a medically-related field, and must successfully complete their first college semester with a minimum GPA of 2.5.
- Native American Education Award. Given to a Native American graduate, applicants must have participated 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. Applicants must be 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. Applicants must be planning to continue their education at an institution of higher learning.
- S.H.I.N.E. Applicants must be 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.
- William J. Tidd. Applicants must be planning to continue their education at a college, university, technical or vocational institution.
- C. Lynn Vendien. Applicants must be planning to pursue a degree in physical education.
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. Given to an Alger County graduate 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. Given to an Alger County graduate who has completed one full year (2 semesters) in the medical field. Students may receive scholarships twice, providing college transcripts.