The Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) is pleased to announce its spring 2021 grant awards, totaling $50,750. These grants are awarded to various nonprofit, government and school districts to help benefit the community. In total, 16 grants were awarded, including support for:

• Oceana Conservation District ($5,000) to support the Knee-High Naturalists day camp program;

• Oceana County Parks & Recreation ($3,000) to purchase nine new picnic tables for Cedar Point and Doolittle Parks

• Communities Overcoming Violent Encounters (COVE) ($2,500): to support a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner position;

• Hesperia Community Schools ($5,000): to purchase a book-vending machine for students,

• Little Point Sable Lighthouse Keepers Association ($3,200): to repair Little Sable Point Lighthouse,

• Village of Shelby ($5,000): to renovate the Village of Shelby’s pocket park,

• Walkerville Thrives ($450): to purchase tech equipment for exercise instructors at the Old School Recreation Center

To see a complete list of grant awards, visit https://oceanafoundation.org/grants/past-grant-awards/.

In announcing this season’s grant awards, CFOC would like to thank both the organizations that applied and its donors. This year, the foundation changed its guidelines to increase grant commitments up to $5,000. Longer term commitments are also considered for initiatives that show exceptional promise for community impact. In addition, guidelines changed to allow for more than one distinct grant request in a calendar year. As a result, and with the help of our donor advisor partners, the spring 2021 Community Grant Awards were the highest total in our history. With an eagerness to invest in Oceana, these individuals, families and groups felt connection to many projects and added nearly $25,000 in funding capacity.

CFOC is home to 178 funds, totaling over $16.5 million in assets. In addition to donor advisors that actively choose award recipients, some entrust the CFOC board to manage their contributions. A major funding source is the Community Investment Fund, which supports critical, unmet needs in the area. Other resources were provided by CFOC’s Field of Interest Funds, which focus on youth, health, and environmental needs. CFOC’s Youth Advisory Council, a committee of local high school students, was also involved in awarding funds caring for Oceana’s youngest residents.

CFOC operates two community grant rounds a year in the spring and fall. To learn more about grantmaking, visit https://oceanafoundation.org/grants/. For more information about making a gift, now or through an estate plan, creating a named fund at the Foundation, or to learn more about community needs, call Tammy Carey at 231-869-3377.