Community Good Grant Recipients Announced
Updated: Oct 25
We are excited to celebrate and announce the grant recipients from the 2022 Community Good Grant Cycle. The Community Good Grant Cycle Supports projects and programs that benefit Branch County and Colon.
A total of $23,500 was granted to the following organizations:
Branch County Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence
Project: Child Advocacy Center Security System
Grant funds will be used to purchase a security system in BCCADSV's new Child Advocacy Center.
The Branch County Child Advocacy Center operates as part of the Branch County Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence at the coalition’s Quincy site at 17 West Chicago Street. The center provides child-focused and friendly services with trained professionals helping with decisions about investigating, treating, and prosecuting child abuse cases. The community foundation awarded a grant to fund a new security system for the advocacy center.
Learn more about this organization at: 278safe.com
Coach Eby Youth & Family Center
Project: Coats for Kids & Families Room Remodel
Grant funds will be used for renovations in Coach Eby's Coats for Kids and Families coat room.
The Coats For Kids program at the Coach Eby Youth & Family Center provides warm clothes to families in need in our community. The Community Foundation awarded funds to help remodel the space that houses the program.
Learn more about this organization at: ebycenter.org
Colon Community Fire & Rescue
Project: Thermal Imaging Camera
Colon Community Fire and Rescue serves the residents and visitors of the township and village of Colon, Michigan. The Community Foundation awarded a grant to fund a thermal imaging camera for CCFR. A thermal imaging camera renders infrared radiation as visible light, allowing firefighters to see areas of heat through smoke, darkness, or heat-permeable barriers.
To learn more about this organization visit: facebook.com/ColonCommunityFireRescue
Jacob's Well Ministry
Project: Homelessness Gap Funding
These funds will be used to help bridge the gap for housing (rent or mortgage) payments while waiting for a Social Security Disability claim to either be awarded or denied.
Quincy United Methodist Church
Project: Blessings Box
Grant funds will be used to purchase food and other products necessary for the Blessings Box. The Blessings Box provides anonymous access to shelf stable food 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
South Michigan Food Bank
Project: Food Purchase & Distribution in Branch County
These funds will be used for food purchase and distribution costs for Fresh Food Distributions in Branch County. It will provide around 17,500 pounds of food, reaching families throughout their 8 Branch County Fresh Food Distributions.
Tibbits Opera Foundation & Arts Council
Project: Dressing Room Renovation
Funds will be used towards the renovation of the theatre's dressing rooms. The grant will also help Tibbits qualify for a matching grant proposal submitted to the Michigan Arts & Culture Council.
Project: Moving into the 21st-Century Technology
The grant funds will be used to provide software that consolidates both resident case management, donor and fundraising database, and budget/financial record keeping, along with web updates such as e-commerce.
In general, grants are made to projects that will benefit Branch County and/or Colon, Michigan. In making grants, the Community Foundation attempts to understand both the specific objectives of each grant request and the long-term benefits that the community will receive from the initiative. All eligible grant applications are carefully considered by review committees whose membership includes a broad representation of the community. Successful applications will be for projects which:
promote the development or strengthening of community assets,
will have a positive long-term impact on program participants and/or the community,
lead to the prevention of recurring needs,
promote cooperation among area organizations with related or supportive missions, and
will be financially sustainable without continuing grant funding.