The Sturgis Area Community Foundation (SACF), along with its affiliates, the Constantine Area Community Foundation (CACF) and White Pigeon Area Community Foundation (WPACF), has recently announced the allocation of grants to seven deserving grantees. These grants are made possible through the generous support of unrestricted funds through the Sturgis Area Community Foundation. The primary objective of these grants is to provide financial assistance to projects and programs initiated by local nonprofits and organizations dedicated to serving St. Joseph County residents.
Community Impact Grants and Micro-Grants applications are accepted four times throughout the year in the spring, fall, summer, and winter. Nonprofit organizations interested in seeking grant support from the Community Foundation are encouraged to visit www.sturgisfoundation.org/grants for additional information about the process.
Centreville Elementary School
Touch Math Intervention (SACF Grant)
Centreville Elementary School has been awarded a grant for the implementation of Touch Math Intervention, a specialized curriculum designed to support students with disabilities in the area of math. This program offers a multisensory approach to teaching critical math concepts, specifically targeting students who may be facing challenges in comprehending grade-level materials. By incorporating tactile and kinesthetic elements into the learning process, Touch Math Intervention aims to provide these students with a comprehensive and engaging learning experience.
Sturges-Young Center for the Arts
SYCA 2023-24 Performance Series (SACF Grant)
The Sturges-Young Center for the Arts (SYCA) has received funding to support its efforts in reviving a traditional performance series of large acts that utilize the Auditorium space. This funding will be crucial in bringing back vibrant and captivating performances to the SYCA. With funds from the SACF and local supporters, the SYCA will curate a diverse lineup of talented artists and performers, offering the community an opportunity to experience the magic of live entertainment. Support from our local community to Sturges-Young will help them continue their mission of enriching the arts in Sturgis and providing memorable experiences for all who attend.
South Michigan Foodbank
Gateway Village Apartments Fresh Food Distribution (SACF Grant)
The Gateway Village Apartments has been awarded a grant to continue its crucial work in providing fresh food to individuals and families in need within the community. Through the Fresh Food Distribution Program, a collaborative effort with the South Michigan Food Bank, Gateway Village Apartments will ensure local families have access to essential food resources. This grant will enable the program to sustain its efforts in supplying food to those who may otherwise struggle to afford or access it.
"We are deeply grateful to the Sturgis Area Community Foundation for their support of our mission to combat food insecurity in our community," shared Cindi Pennington, Property Manager of Gateway Village Apartments
St. Joseph County United Way
Thanksgiving for All (SACF, WPACF, and CACF Grant)
The St. Joseph County United Way has been awarded a grant for its annual food drive, Thanksgiving for All. This initiative addresses the needs of low-income families who desire to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving meal at home but face financial constraints due to the increasing cost of food. With the support of this grant, the St. Joseph County United Way can ensure that these families have access to the necessary ingredients to enjoy a meaningful and fulfilling Thanksgiving celebration in their homes.
Sturgis Neighborhood Program
SNP Office Equipment Technological Upgrade (SACF Grant)
The Sturgis Neighborhood program will receive a grant to upgrade its technology equipment, a much-needed improvement that has been long overdue. With the anticipation of a new Director being chosen in the near future, it is an ideal time to ensure that the incoming individual is set up for success. This investment in technology will improve the program's efficiency, productivity, and success in serving the Sturgis community.
Sturgis Downtown Development Authority
Decor for Kriskindlmarkt (SACF Grant)
The Sturgis Downtown Development Authority received funds to enhance the decor at the Kriskindlmarkt on Pleasant Street. The Kirskindlmarkt serves as a delightful stop during the annual Dashing Through Downtown Christmas event organized by the Sturgis DDA. Visitors can purchase unique gifts, enjoy a warm drink, and gather around a cozy fire. This initiative aims to create a festive and inviting experience for attendees, fostering a sense of community and holiday spirit.
White Pigeon Community Schools
High School & Middle School Quiz Bowl (Adele M. Gray Fund)
White Pigeon High School & Middle School has been awarded funds to acquire updated equipment for its Quiz Bowl teams. This support will provide the teams with equipment that is more closely aligned with the system used in competitions, significantly enhancing the effectiveness of their practice sessions. Over the past four years, the Quiz Bowl teams have consistently qualified for and attended the National Academic Quiz Teams' Small School Championship Tournament, showcasing their talent. Each year, the teams have improved at these tournaments, and the updated system will contribute to their continued growth and achievements.
The Sturgis Area Community Foundation is a $30M foundation committed to serving the charitable needs of our community and enriching the quality of life for all people in the Sturgis area. Through philanthropic services, strategic investments, and community leadership, the Sturgis Area Community Foundation helps people support the causes they care about now and for generations.
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