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In 2000, a group of committed civic leaders established the Arenac Community Fund within the Bay Area Community Foundation to ensure that there will always be funds available to help Arenac County thrive. The Arenac Community Funds Committee is comprised of dedicated, local community members who volunteer their time and talents to host fundraising events and who are entrusted to review applications and make grant recommendations to enhance the quality of life and future vitality of Arenac County, For good. For ever.

There are currently over 30 funds benefiting Arenac County. These endowed funds grow and support the area’s arts and culture, education, recreation, human services, and community initiative opportunities by providing nonprofit organizations with grants and by awarding students with scholarships to pursue post-secondary education.


Funds Benefitting Arenac County

Fund NameFund DescriptionFund TypeDonate Now
Arenac Community FundThis Field of Interest Fund targets your donations to address the needs in an important area of community life, such as programs in Arenac County. This fund was created as a result of a personal or public area of interest. The board then awards grants to community organizations and programs that are making a difference in this designated area.Field of Interest FundDonate Now
Arenac County Farm Bureau Scholarship FundScholarship is given to an Arenac county High School Senior looking to pursue postsecondary education in the field of agriculture or related field. Related fields include Agribusiness Management, Resource Development and Management, Parks, Recreation and Tourism Resources, Packaging, Horticulture, Forestry, Food Science and fisheries/Wildlife.ScholarshipDonate Now
Arenac County Health Improvement Endowment FundThis field of interest fund was established to provide grants in support of community-wide medical health initiatives (examples would include access to care, population health education, population health strategies, and health needs assessments) with priority given to at-risk or low-income residents within Arenac County.Field of Interest FundDonate Now
Arenac County Healthy Youth/Health Seniors FundThis fund supports projects and programs that benefit the health and wellness of youth and seniors (aged 62+) in Arenac County.Field of Interest FundDonate Now
Arenac County Historical Society Omer Courthouse Preservation Agency FundThis fund was created to provide funds for the preservation of the Omer Courthouse and property.Agency FundNot Available
Arenac County Historical Society Omer Courthouse Preservation Designated FundThis fund was created to provide funds for the preservation of the Omer Courthouse and property.Designated FundDonate Now
Arenac County Scholarship FundArenac County school districts initially received a $50,000 grant from The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe to establish a college scholarship fund to benefit high school seniors from Arenac County. The school districts decided to endow the donation with the Bay Area Community Foundation. The Arenac County Fund Committee then gave a matching contribution of $50,000 for the same scholarship fund.ScholarshipDonate Now
Ashley Smith Memorial ScholarshipThis scholarship fund was established by Craig Smith in loving memory of his wife Ashley. Ashley Smith was a long time teacher at Standish Elementary who understood the value of education.ScholarshipDonate Now
Bay Area Runner's Club ScholarshipBay Area Runner's Club (BARC) established this fund in 2010 to raise the awareness of the need for physical activity in everyone's lives. We believe in the importance of strong role models in our communities and encourage students to achieve their very best.ScholarshipDonate Now
Bay Area USBC Bowling Association "Wallace E. Matthew" ScholarshipThese scholarships were established by the bowling associations in 1987 in memory of Wallace E. Matthew who was a member of the Board of Directors of the Bay City BA for more than 40 years and served as secretary for 35 years.ScholarshipDonate Now
Carol C. Noeske Arenac County Disability FundMs. Carol C. Noeske wished to support the Arenac County Blair Society for Crippled Children and Adults. The Society's original purpose was to support activities in the furtherance of and directed toward serving all needs of physically and mentally disabled persons, their families, and associates in Arenac County. Unfortunately the Society ceased operations around 1994. The Bay Area Community Foundation is honoring Ms. Noeske's wishes by building an endowment fund that will provide long term support for community projects, areas of need, programs, and organizations that serve these goals.Field of Interest FundDonate Now
Catherine and John Maser Au Gres Library FundThis Field of Interest Fund targets your donations to support the Au Gres public and high school libraries.Field of Interest FundDonate Now
Catherine and John Maser Historic Preservation FundThis Field of Interest Fund targets your donations to support the maintenance or repairs of historically significant buildings in Arenac County.Field of Interest FundDonate Now
Catherine and John Maser Scholarship FundTo provide scholarships to graduates of Au Gres-Sims High School in honor of Catherine and John Maser.ScholarshipDonate Now
Danielle DeWyse Special ScholarshipThis scholarship fund was created for individuals pursuing a career in helping people with special needs through a health or education curriculum.ScholarshipDonate Now
Dow communityGivesThe communityGives component of DowGives creates an opportunity for Elementary, Middle, and High School age groups, sports teams, and service clubs in the Great Lakes Bay Region to earn funding for priority projects through volunteerism. This is accomplished through the giving of grants to K-12 aged groups that complete a preapproved community volunteer activity and meet grant requirements.Field of Interest FundNot Available
Dow Corning Employees Educational ScholarshipDow Corning employees established this scholarship in 1989 to benefit youth from Arenac, Bay and Tuscola Counties. Their objective is to build the fund so at least three awards can be granted annually. A standing committee composed of Bay Area Dow Corning employees oversees the recommendation of awards.ScholarshipDonate Now
Friends of the Arenac Heritage Route AuthorityThe purpose of this fund is to raise funds to establish a permanent endowment for the long term maintenance of the Standish Historical Depot and Welcome Center, and to support the efforts and goals of the AHRA.Designated FundDonate Now
George Brookins Viele Scholarship FundGeorge B. Viele was born in Flint, MI, but raised in Cedar Valley, Mason Township located in Arenac County. From a one room schoolhouse to Arenac Eastern High, George went on to earn B.S., M.A., and M.S. degrees. Education always played a large part in his life. George has worn many hats during his life, from teaching students of all ages, Director of the Greensboro, North Carolina, Public Library and President and CEO of a licensed public waste and sewer company before his retirement.ScholarshipDonate Now
George Brookins Viele Ye Olde Courthouse Masonic Hall Designated FundFunds from the designated fund shall be used to maintain 26 family and friends' burial plots in Cedar Valley Cemetery located in Mason Township of Arenac County. Remaining funds will be designated to the "Courthouse" operating costs.Designated FundDonate Now
GMPT Bay City Memorial ScholarshipThis fund was established in memory of past GM Powertrain Bay City employees for the purpose of honoring their contributions to family and community. ScholarshipDonate Now
Great Lakes Safety Training Center ScholarshipGreat Lakes Safety Training Center established this fund with the help of many local contractors to benefit individuals who are pursuing a career in the trades or construction with an emphasis on safety. Their mission is "Preparing People to Live Safely Every Day" and would like to support those who want to continue helping others to live safely.ScholarshipDonate Now
Healthy Living FundEstablished by the Dow Corning Foundation, the mission of the Healthy Living Fund is to support projects that provide recreation and healthy experiences to community residents and visitors of all ages through construction, maintenance, repair and/or replacement of community assets which promote a healthier lifestyle and provide places where people can come together and enjoy a sense of community. The purpose of the Fund is to finance such projects or similar projects that support healthy communities.Project FundNot Available
Jennings Family Arenac County Animal Control FundThe endowment will grant funds annually to Arenac County with the purpose of providing additional funding for the operations of its animal shelter. Funds shall aid the county's stray cats and dogs by providing veterinary car, food, and other services to the animals and to assist in the effort to find permanent homes for cats and dog and prevent their extermination.Designated FundDonate Now
Jennings Family Arenac County Historical Society FundThe endowment will grant funds annually to the Arenac County Historical Society with the express purpose of providing funding for the operations of the Arenac County Historical Museum located in Au Gres. Designated FundDonate Now
Jennings Family Au Gres United Methodist Church FundThe endowment will provide a payment to the Church annually to use in a manner determined by the church's trustee or board. Designated FundDonate Now
Jennings Scholarship FundThis fund was established by Mary Jennings to honor her late husband, Fred Jennings and son, Ted Jennings, both long time educators born and raised in Au Gres, Michigan. Scholarship FundDonate Now
John & Clinton Maser Au Gres Fire Department FundScholarships will be available to high school graduates of the Au Gres Sims School District accepted to attend an accredited college or university.Field of Interest FundDonate Now
Mary Kate Carney ScholarshipMary Kate Carney was a devoted wife, mother, and Speech Therapist who worked in the field of Special Education for twelve years before losing her long and valiant fight against brain cancer. Her innovation and passion to improve the communication needs for all students was immeasurable. She touched the lives of the students and their families, as well as the staff that she worked with. Kate truly loved her job and the special children and adults that she serviced. She is deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her. This scholarship fund was established by Kate's friends and family to honor her memory and to encourage and support those people pursuing degrees in Speech/Language Pathology or Special Education.ScholarshipDonate Now
Michigan Trucking Association Equipment & Maintenance Council Tri-City Chapter ScholarshipThe Equipment and Maintenance Council (E&M) was organized by the Michigan Trucking Association in 1946 to provide reliable maintenance information and a forum for the free exchange of ideas for equipment maintenance personnel, suppliers to the transportation industry and others interested in the safe, cost-efficient maintenance of truck fleets. Starting in 2006 the Tri-City Chapter organized an annual golf outing for the purpose of raising funds to give scholarships to deserving individuals pursuing careers in the diesel equipment technology field. ScholarshipDonate Now
Northern Bay-Arenac Retired School Personnel Scholarship (NBARSP)In 2003, NBARSP gave their first scholarship for $500.00. The members began donating and holding fundraisers. The NBARSP voted to start an endowment fund at BACF in September of 2008.ScholarshipDonate Now
Karen and Rick Rockwell Donor Advised FundEstablished by Karen and Rick Rockwell to support community projects.Donor AdvisedDonate Now
Rotary Club of Pinconning & Standish Scholarship FundThis fund was established to allow the Rotary Club to award annual scholarships to Pinconning and Standish-Sterling high school graduates.ScholarshipDonate Now
Saginaw Bay Watershed Restoration FundThis Field of Interest Fund targets your donations to address the needs in an important area of community life, such as the restoration of the Saginaw Bay Watershed. This fund was created as a result of a personal or public area of interest. The board then awards grants to community organizations and programs that are making a difference in this designated area.Field of Interest FundDonate Now
William A. Forsyth Scholarship FundTo honor William A. Forsyth for his lifetime of public service as a Michigan prosecutor.ScholarshipDonate Now
Wolthuis Family Teaching ScholarshipThe Wolthuis family wishes to express their gratitude for the influence of public schools in the lives of our family. Especially Au Gres-Sims and Standish-Sterling schools where Norah and David were teachers and their sons were educated through 12th grade.ScholarshipDonate Now
Arenac County Animal Welfare FundSupports projects and programs that benefit the welfare of animals in Arenac County.Field of InterestDonate Now
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