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  • Thanks to our generous donors, Bay Area Community Foundation awarded 64 grants during the first grant cycle to organizations in our community that support arts and culture, community initiatives, environment, education, health and wellness, human services, and recreation.

  • Carolyn Wierda has been a key player in creating the Bay Commitment Scholarship program. When she retired from the Bay City Public Schools as a superintendent in 2009, the community honored her with financial gifts to support Bay Commitment far into the future.

  • The new climbing wall at Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum allows Bay County children with disabilities to work with their therapists in a safe and fun environment.

  • Bay Area Community Foundation awarded $11,500 to the Lions of Michigan Foundation for their KIDsight Mobile Vision Screening Unit.

  • If you had met brother and sister Henry and Irene Linkowski, you would have quickly learned of their strong faith, great pride in their Polish heritage, love of travel, and generous hearts. But because of their unassuming nature, you might not have realized just how generous they were.

  • A Bay City couple ensured that their love for the University of Michigan would carry on past their lifetimes.

  • Community foundations play an important role in creating a vibrant community for future generations to enjoy. By working together with other community leaders, we help initiate new projects and programs that work toward those goals.

  • During the 2018 fall semiannual grant season, Bay Area Community Foundation awarded a $1,000 grant the CAN Council of the Great Lakes Bay Region to throw a holiday party for the kids they service. This grant from the Elizabeth J. Husband Fund will provide new clothing, toys, and a nice meal for children who are in and out of their homes during the holiday season.

  • BACF’s Community Initiative and Youth Advisory Funds awarded grants to open a writing center available for free to the public in the Jack & Alice Wirt Public Library in Downtown Bay City.

  • Thanks to funding from Dow, Bay Area Community Foundation is able to offer $1,000 grants to youth groups in Bay and Arenac counties as a reward for volunteering and giving back to the community.

  • Grants from the Community Initiative Fund and Youth Advisory Committee allowed new student artwork under the Veteran's Memorial Bridge.

  • The Great Lakes Bay College and Career Resource Center  helped Forest Bradley to prepare for and take his GED test so that he could be a firefighter.

  • Established with memorial contributions when Michael Dwan passed away in 2007, his family created the Dwan Family Donor Advised Fund to honor his commitment to the community. Since that time, the family has directed charitable disbursements to a variety of projects.

  • Join us for the annual MLK Regional Celebration as we honor our Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Scholarship recipients and hear from Keynote Speaker Valerie Jarrett.

  • Last year, Bay Area Community Foundation’s Community Initiative Fund awarded a grant of $7,000 to The Legacy Center to help Bay County students with reading, writing, and spelling through an after-school, one-on-one tutoring program.

  • With support from the community, Area 9 Special Olympics purchased a team van, eliminating regular rental costs and allowing all their athletes to ride together and build team camaraderie. This was made possible by grants from Bay Area Community Foundation’s Nathalie Awrey Memorial Fund and Civic League of Bay County Fund as well as funding from the Leslie L. Squires Foundation and SC Johnson.

  • Rosemary Pope's generosity will open more doors for first-generation college students and families who have suffered from abuse.

  • Each spring, Bay Area Community Foundation grants out nearly half a million dollars in scholarships to our local Bay and Arenac county students and residents looking to return to school. This year, the online scholarship application is due on Monday, March 4.

  • Bay Area Community Foundation awarded a grant of $75,000 from the Healthy Living Fund to the City of Au Gres to build a splash pad at Harbor Park.

  • For ten years, Rob Hendry, aquatics director at Dow Bay Area Family YMCA, wanted the local elementary schools to add swimming and water safety classes to their curriculum. Drownings are the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death, making it important that children learn early on how to be safe around water. This past year, thanks to grants from Bay Area Community Foundation’s Civic League Fund and Youth Advisory Committee Fund, Rob saw his dream become a reality..

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