Saginaw Community Foundation Awards Over $200,000 in Second Quarter Grants


SAGINAW, MI – Between April 11 and June 10, the Saginaw Community Foundation said it was able to provide $218,608.60 to support 30 programs and projects through its designated, donor-advised grantmaking processes and competitive.

Year-to-date, SCF has awarded $528,185.60 for a press release.

Reneé Johnston, president and CEO of the foundation, said the group strives to grant funds to support programs that will help make a difference in our communities.

“Everyone who has supported SCF – whether through donations, volunteerism or advocacy – has helped us provide much-needed support to programs in the region,” Johnston said. “It’s people like you who really help make an impact in Saginaw and make our community a better place…”

The following SCF funds are donor-nominated and advised (non-competitive) grants provided from April 11 to June 10, 2022:

  • Edward and Erna Ederer Family Foundation – $2,000:
    • $1,000 of which was earmarked for the Bridgeport Historical Society
    • $1,000 for the READ association
  • Flegenheimer Family Fund – $35,000:
    • $10,000 has been earmarked for Christian neighbors in the Benzie area
    • $10,000 for hidden harvest
    • $10,000 for the Midland County Emergency Food Pantry Network
    • $5,000 for the Global Central Kitchen
  • Nexteer Community Improvement Fund – $695, 100% of which was directed towards maintaining VFW Post 9931 buildings.
  • Nexteer Education Fund – $5,000, 100% of which went towards school trips to the “FIRST in the Great Lakes Bay Area – National Robotics Championship”
  • Nexteer Steering the Future Fund – $8,570
    • of which $1,070 was allocated for updated technology at the Underground Railroad/Girls on the Run Saginaw Bay
    • $2,500 for SVRC Industries, Inc.’s “Always Stay Connected” program.
    • $2,500 for the Camp Invention for Underserved Saginaw County Children program through the National Inventors Hall of Fame
    • $2,500 for Saginaw STEM’s ‘First Things First’ after-school enrichment program
  • Hemlock Semiconductor CARES Fund – $42,900
    • $27,000 of which was awarded to Fish Tales, Inc. for work on their adaptive playground
    • $9,500 for Friends of Theodore Roethke for Stone House Plumbing
    • $6,400 to Portsmouth Charter Township for a rapid-deployment inflatable water and ice rescue boat
  • Saginaw Leadership Cares – $6,600, all of which went to the Saginaw County Community Action Agency
  • America’s Promise/Saginaw Promise Fund (not to be confused with the Saginaw Promise Scholarship Fund) – $2,000, all of which went to the City of Saginaw’s “Team Up to Clean Up” program
  • Charles G. and Mary Straebel Thomas Fund – $6,750
    • Including $1,500 for Maison Emmaüs
    • $250 for Major Chords for Minors program
    • $1,000 for Saginaw Public Libraries
    • $2,500 for the Old Town Christian Outreach program
    • $2,500 for health source
    • $250 for Saginaw County Animal Control
    • $1,000 for the READ association
  • Carl and Sandra Werth, Jr. Fund – $50,000, 100% of which went to the SVSU Foundation for the Scott Carmona College of Business
  • David and Lois Wilkins Donor Advised Fund – $7,000, all of which went to Sarasota, Florida-based projects carried out by partner group Bright Wilkins Investment Alliance.

The following organizations have received grants to support programs/projects through various competitive grants available through the SCF:

  • CMURC – $5,000, for its Building Resilience through Innovation: Inclusive Entrepreneurship Ecosystem: Phase II program
  • Great Lakes Bay Health Centers – $10,000, for its School Health Centers Capital Project
  • Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy – $30,000, for its 2021-2023 pollinator project
  • Saginaw Valley State University – $7,093.60, for its “We Hear You” (WHY) program: Black Theater in Saginaw

Organizations interested in applying for upcoming grants through the Saginaw Community Foundation can learn more at saginawfoundation.org/site/grantsor contact program manager Kendra Kempf via email at [email protected]

Applications for the next round of competitive grants must be submitted by August 1, 2022.

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