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  • 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.

  • In 2014, Bay Area Community Foundation's Board of Trustees made a commitment to set aside $50,000 a year for five years in order to award a grant to a innovative project with significant impact. This year, we are seeking grant applications for projects that utilitze water in Bay County to attract and retain residents and business.

  • The idea of running around a gym or playing basketball may not be appealing for all. Such was the case for some children at Standish-Sterling Central Elementary—that is until they started using heart rate monitors.

  • 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.

  • Bay Area Community Foundation is now accepting letter of intent forms for grants from the Healthy Living Fund.

  • 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.

  • Endowments secure the future of our community assets such as our Riverwalk/Railtrail system.

  • 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..

  • Bay Area Community Foundation invites you to take part in the annual Riverwalk and Railtrail Spring Clean Up event in honor of Earth Day. Join us to make our trails ready for the season ahead of walking, running, and biking through Bay County.