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Allegan County Community Foundation Announces Grant Writing Workshops
& 2016 TAG and Legacy Grant Deadlines


Allegan County Michigan – The Allegan County Community Foundation announces Grant Writing 101 Workshops August 3 at 9:00 am and August 30 at 1:00 pm.  To register or for more information visit

2016 TAG Team Grant deadline is September 2nd.  2016 Legacy Grant deadline is December 9.  Eligible non-profit organizations are reminded that a project discussion meeting must be scheduled with ACCF Executive Director/CEO Theresa Bray.  Appointments are now available.  Contact Vicki 269.673.8344 to schedule.



Allegan County Community Foundation’s TAG Team Awards Classroom Grants to Allegan County Teachers


May 2, 2016Allegan County Community Foundation’s TAG Team is pleased to announce the 2016 Allegan County Classroom Mini-Grant awards.  TAG received 30 applications this year and is proud to award twenty $100 grants to teachers across Allegan.

TAG members award these grants as a sign of appreciation and acknowledgment for the personal funds teachers spend on their students and the commitment of Allegan County teachers.  These grants will pay for items such as additional reading books, graphing calculators, math games, wiggle stools, headphones, and much more.

Allegan County teachers who applied indicated that they spend hundreds of dollars per year out of their own pockets on supplemental supplies for their students.  “These “extras” support the learning environment and keep lessons fresh and fun.  Students feel valued, engaged and motivated.”

For more than 20 years these Allegan County students have applied for and been selected to serve on the ACCF TAG Team. TAG members learn about the needs of their peers and share their talents and time to perform community service.  They review and award tens of thousands of dollars in grants and scholarships annually. Find out more about the TAG Team at

Allegan County Community Foundation was started in 1965 and administers more than 100 permanent grant and scholarship funds.  ACCF collaborates with non-profits throughout Allegan County.  Impacting Community.  Inspiring Philanthropy.  Strengthening Non-Profits.  You can learn more at


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January 11, 2016                                            



Allegan, Mich. – The Allegan County Community Foundation has been awarded a grant of $139,260 from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to support initiatives aimed at improving the quality of health for residents in Allegan County.

The Allegan County Community Foundation grant dollars will be re-granted to: Renewed Hope Free Medical Clinic, Wings of Hope Hospice, Safe Harbor, The Arc of Allegan and the Allegan County Food Pantry Collaborative.

“We were provided a unique opportunity by being able to secure funding for non-profits that provide necessary services but are struggling with increased needs and decreased funding. Conservatively speaking, this grant will touch over 12,000 lives in Allegan County,” shared Foundation CEO, Theresa Bray.

More than 30 community foundations across the state applied for funding through the Michigan Health Endowment Fund’s fall 2015 grant application process. Grant requests focused on areas such as: prenatal care and infant mortality; health services to support adopted and fostered children; healthy food access; wellness and fitness programs; access to mental health services; technology enhancements; health related transportation needs; access to care/integrated care; and teen pregnancy prevention.

“The Michigan Health Endowment Fund board is proud to support a variety of very successful programs already positively impacting the health of Michigan’s children and seniors as a result of our first grant funding effort,” said Rob Fowler, board chairman. “We look forward to building additional relationships with Michigan’s community foundations and other non-profit organizations as they continue their focused work to improve the health of Michigan’s most vulnerable residents.”

 Community foundations were eligible to apply for grants in support of programs to improve the health of minor children and seniors in their regions. Those foundations receiving funding, in turn, now have the ability to offer their affiliate foundations or smaller community organizations the opportunity to seek grants that support similar programs.

“We are excited to collaborate this year with community foundations on projects that seek to enhance the well-being of Michigan’s children and seniors in their local communities,” said Paul Hillegonds, executive director of Michigan Health Endowment Fund.

The mission of the Michigan Health Endowment Fund is to improve the health of Michigan residents and reduce the cost of health care, with special emphasis on the health and wellness of children and seniors. The fund was created as part of 2013 state legislation that allowed Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to become a nonprofit mutual health insurer. Nearly $38 million in grants were awarded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund last year.

Additional information can be found at the Michigan Health Endowment Fund website at or by contacting the Allegan County Community Foundation at 269.673.8344 or





From: Allegan County Community Foundation

Contact Person: Theresa Bray CEO/Executive Director, (269) 673-8344 or

Meet and Greet with Senator Schuitmaker

On April 17th the Allegan County Community Foundation hosted 21 non-profit leaders and three local officials in Allegan County in the form of a meet and greet session with Senator Tonya Schuitmaker. The non-profit leaders whose organizations feed, clothe, heal, prevent, advocate, entertain, shelter and serve the residents of Allegan County prepared a 'profile' highlighting their areas of expertise and what their concerns are in terms of public policy, constraints upon their work due to legalities or funding, etc.

In a “speed-dating” event fashion, the elected officials moved from table to table during the session in order to meet all the non-profits and learn about the work of the non-profits as it relates to their constituents. All walked away with a greater understanding of what non-profits do for their community and the obstacles they are looking to overcome.

For more information on upcoming events from the Allegan County Community Foundation please visit: or call (269) 673-8344.


Front row, left to right: Denise Hartsough (United Way), Mike VandenBerg (Gun Plains Twp Supervisor), Tracey Robrahn (Allegan County Community Foundation's Food Pantry Collaborative), Gail Hill (Bridges of Hope), Elizabeth Giddings (Mediation Services). Back Row: Amy Kuchta (Big Brothers, Big Sisters), Senator Tonya Schuitmaker, Brian Stauffer (Love, INC).

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