Bay County ARPA Childcare Grant Program

Bay County ARPA Childcare Grant Program In partnership with the County of Bay, the Bay Area Community Foundation is providing financial support to Bay County childcare providers to increase their capacity and improve their quality of services. A total of $300,000 is available through the Bay County ARPA Childcare Grant Program through an online, competitive […]

$658,824 Awarded in 1st Grant Cycle

$658,824 Awarded in 1st Grant Cycle at Bay Area Community Foundation This year, Bay Area Community Foundation received record amounts of dollars requested during the first cycle of granting season. In response, we awarded more than $650k in grant funding. It is thanks to you, our generous donors, that we are able to provide this support […]

Give Local Bay Social Media Mavens

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Here for Our Nonprofits: COVID-19 Response

Dear Nonprofit Partners, From closed offices and cancelled fundraising events to adapting programming for the digital landscape, we know that our local nonprofits are feeling the effects of COVID-19 in varying ways, both big and small. Perhaps operations have already shifted, or perhaps you’re only starting to experience the longer-term implications. Here at the Community […]

Bay County ARPA Nonprofit Grant Program

The Bay Area Community Foundation (BACF) is partnering with the County of Bay to provide critical funding to nonprofits negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), up to $750,000 will be available for Bay County, Michigan 501(c)3 and 501(c)19 nonprofits through BACF. Organizations interested in applying are encouraged to […]

Give Local Bay is Tuesday, May 3: Here’s How You Can Help

What is Give Local Bay? As life returns to normal post-pandemic, there are many reasons to celebrate…and Give Local Bay is one of those reasons. Join us on Tuesday, May 3, as Bay Area Community Foundation hosts a 24-hour online giving day at to raise funds for nonprofits in Bay and Arenac counties who […]

Being BOLD: Peggy Rowley

Bay Area Community Foundation is deeply saddened to lose one of our community’s boldest leaders. Peggy Rowley passed away peacefully on New Year’s Eve and will be missed by many. It is thanks to Peggy that the Bay Area Community Foundation exists. She helped found the organization in 1982, persisting even when others said it […]

Being BOLD: Avram Golden

When Avram Golden sees an idea to better his community, he goes for it. Avram, the owner of Golden Gallery & Custom Framing in Downtown Bay City, has taken bold steps to make two local projects a reality: Third Street Star Bridge Illuminating life and art in downtown Bay City was the creative spark behind […]

The Arts Cultivate Diversity

Leeds Bird doesn’t have much patience for people who say there’s nothing to do in the Bay Area. “If you are an observer and want to participate in the arts, you should just come on down and do it! You can start out limited and find your place to develop,” he exclaims. He and wife, […]

Honoring a Mother’s Passion for the Arts and Community

Rita Greve had always been artistic, starting with painting as a young child. But once she discovered the feeling of clay in her hands—soft, malleable, and ready to mold—her focus changed to sculpting. It was her way to connect directly with the arts, in a literal hands-on way. She loved to share her passion and […]