22

Aug

  Kendra Kempf, SCF’s program officer, offers these 12 tips and tricks on how to develop an effective grant proposal:   1. Honesty is always the best policy. Don’t risk your credibility by trying to “spin” parts of your application or proposal   2. Provide supporting research for the immediate & surrounding areas that will

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16

Aug

Putting good food to use in the Great Lakes Bay Region

It is a simple concept. Don’t waste food and if you have extra, get it to people that can use it. It’s what our parents taught us. For years, HIDDEN HARVEST has done just that. More than 20 million pounds of healthy and nutritious food items have been distributed to hunger relief agencies since 1994.

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13

Aug

Bringing new life to an old gem: The Deindorfer Woods restoration

It all started in 2009, with a handful of volunteers armed with shovels, rakes and a lot of energy. Members of the Northmoor Neighborhood Association were determined to take back their park. The park they had in mind was Deindorfer Woods. Once a 20-acre haven for nature lovers, it had become overgrown and uninhabitable. Over

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05

Aug

State of Michigan Charitable Gaming Division to conduct area training meeting

Only certain nonprofit organizations are eligible to be licensed to conduct bingos, raffles, and to sell charity game tickets. The State of Michigan Charitable Gaming Division is hosting an area training meeting on August 6 from 1-4 p.m. to review the most current information regarding these fundraising opportunities. The training will take place at the Boys

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10

Jul

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs hosting free grant guidelines workshop in Saginaw

The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) has announced its grant program workshop schedule in anticipation of projected funding increases for the Fiscal Year 2014 program.     “We are very excited about the support we have received from Governor Rick Snyder, his administration and the legislature,” said MCACA Executive Director John Bracey.

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03

Jul

A FORCE for a livelier community

The FORCE Youth Advisory Committee comprises youth between 14 and 21 who grant funds to enrich the lives of other youth in Saginaw County and to improve the overall community.   In 2012, FORCE granted funds to programs that affected various Saginaw County children and teens. FORCE was established in 1992 as a result of

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03

Jul

Community initiatives: Friends making a difference at Hoyt Park

The Friends of Hoyt Park formed in 2008 with the idea of bringing youth summer baseball back to the historic Saginaw park. Focusing on the park’s preservation and the return of athletic events, the group grooms and maintains the ball fields. Then they added more to their plate.   “We wanted to bring the ice

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03

Jul

Community initiatives: SCF helps K9 units raise funds

The Saginaw Valley Police Canine Association (SVPCA) provides financial support to law enforcement K9 units in Saginaw County. That includes purchasing the police service dogs, which can run up to $12,000, as well as regular visits to the vet, dog food, equipment and continued training and support for the teams.   Founded in December 2012,

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03

Jul

Community initiatives: Loading nutrition into a backpack

We work hard at the foundation to bring community initiatives across Saginaw County to life every day. Here is another great story:   Since 2004, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan has helped children who are at-risk for hunger by packing a lot of nutrition into backpacks on Fridays.   Why Fridays? “These children typically

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03

Jul

Community initiatives: Hall of Fame sprinting toward Castle Museum

  In 2012, the Saginaw Community Foundation supported many initiatives across the county. Here is a glimpse at one.   The Saginaw County Sports Hall of Fame is making the play of a lifetime by creating a new home inside the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History in downtown Saginaw.   “Our goal is to

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