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 […]

Grants Available for Youth in Bay and Arenac Counties

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. Eligible groups are ages K-12 associated with a school, government entity, or 501(c)(3) organization. (Minimum of 10 youth volunteers; please note […]

$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 […]

Students Honored with Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Scholarship Awards

Last week, our Foundation, alongside Midland Area Community Foundation and Saginaw Community Foundation, awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Scholarship to outstanding high school seniors who have demonstrated Dr. King’s teachings. Bay County students who received the scholarship include Marisa Carroll, Ashlyn Nagel, Isabella Nowak, Sophie Suchodolski, and Delaney Wesolek. Prior to the […]

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 […]

Back to School Supply Drive

Support Bay County Students by Donating Backpacks and School Supplies Bay Area Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Committee partners with United Way to support area children The past two school years have been a struggle for area youth. Between online learning and COVID-19 restrictions, area students are looking forward to returning to school for a normal […]

Being BOLD: Shara Klenk

Shara Klenk, a resident of Arenac County and mother of two, searched for a local center for children to gather for fun and recreation after school. She found there wasn’t such a center, and waiting lists for quality daycare were long. Shara wasn’t well-known in the community. She wasn’t wealthy, and she didn’t have a […]