Applications for Community Impact Initiative Grant Now Available

Waves lapping at the shore. The sound of a fishing line as it plops into the water. Summer days at the beach. Strolling along a riverbank. These images evoke a sense of well-being and create a strong and enduring connection to place. Communities with a strong sense of place prosper. They attract workplace talent and […]

$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 […]

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 […]

Northern Bay County Fund Brings Dog Park to Pinconning

Responding to a need for a dog park in the Pinconning Community, the Northern Bay County Fund committee planned and fundraised to make it a reality. Phase I of the project is now complete, and dogs and their owners can enjoy the fenced-in play area for dogs to socialize. It is divided into two sections: […]

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 […]

Preserving our Resources and Community Assets

The Riverwalk/Railtrail has been a shining example of what can be achieved when many people work together for the good of the community since the 1980s. Early donors bought “shares” for $25 each to help get the project off the ground and the leaders who brought us this project placed a portion of every dollar […]

Honoring a Loved One with a Fund in Their Name

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. When Michael and Carol Dwan’s grandchildren visit “Spray by the Bay” at the Bay […]

Heart Rate Monitors Have Kids on a Healthy Track!

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. The Arenac County Healthy Youth/Healthy Seniors Fund awarded $1,000 for a classroom set of heart rate monitors and tracking software. […]

Adaptive Play Climbing Wall as a Therapy Approach

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. For children, a trip to the museum is playtime. For their occupational, physical, and speech language pathologists, that playtime means so much more. With play-based therapy, “the children don’t realize […]