Gateway grants benefit area

Published 6:21 pm Wednesday, March 9, 2005

By Staff
BUCHANAN - The Board of Trustees for Michigan Gateway Community Foundation have approved the granting of funds from the Foundation to the following programs:
From the Buchanan Area Fund:
$10,000.00 to the Buchanan Art Center, in support of the Center's organizational efforts for the benefit of the residents of the Buchanan Area.
From the Youth Endowments:
$2000.00 to the Volunteer Center of Southwest Michigan, in support of the Youth Volunteer Award and Annual Luncheon, celebrating Volunteer Month in April.
$2130.00 to City of Dowagiac, to sponsor youth educational and entertainment venues for this summer's Summerfest, held by the Downtown Development Authority of that city.
$600.00 to Howard Elementary School in Niles for two programs: the Elementary Science Club and the Choir Music Program.
$600.00 to Volinia Outcomes School in Marcellus, for two programs: the Maple Syrup program and participation in a student leadership conference.
$150.00 to Ottawa Elementary School in Buchanan to put on a play which will serve as a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity activities in Buchanan.
$250.00 to Ring Lardner Middle School in Niles to establish a Junior National Honor Society.
$210.00 to Moccasin Elementary School in Buchanan to purchase a digital camera to document pre-school activities for improved communications with parents and community members.
$704.00 to Close Up Program at Buchanan High School to provide an opportunity to a student who is not a US citizen to attend this year's Close Up trip to Washington, D.C.
From the Healthy Youth/Healthy Seniors Fund:
$11,500.00 to the Berrien County Health Department for smoking prevention and cessation programs and activities in South Berrien County.
MGCF serves south Berrien and Cass counties. The Foundation was established and is growing with gifts from many citizens in amounts ranging from a few dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Only the income generated by the investment of these gifts is used in grant making. Thus, a gift to the community funds, such as those from Niles, Buchanan, and Cass County, serve these communities in perpetuity.
The Foundation accepts grant proposals four times each year with submission dates of May 1, Aug. 1, Nov. 1 and Feb. 1. Prompt consideration is given to all grant requests, with decisions usually available within one month. Each proposal will be evaluated by the Foundation for its potential value to the community and, of course, for the availability of funding resources.
For more information on Michigan Gateway Community Foundation, or to make a tax-deductible, charitable contribution, contact Robert N. Habicht, President/CEO, at 111 Days Avenue, Buchanan, MI 49107 or call 269-695-3521.