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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 12, 2017
Leah McCallum, Director of Community Capacity
Rotary Charities of Traverse City
Rotary Charities Announces 2017 Grants, Including $75,000 to the Kalkaska Community
Traverse City, Mich. – Rotary Charities of Traverse City announced the recipients of their fall-cycle grants totaling $749,000. Twenty-one grants were awarded, including a $75,000 grant to the Kalkaska DDA to build a Community Information Center – the first of many projects that will shape Railroad Square – an anchor project in the downtown revitalization.
“This project has been a focus of the Kalkaska DDA for quite some time, and this grant will facilitate the first phase of the buildout of Railroad Square,” said Cash Cook, Kalkaska DDA Executive Director. “It will create a platform to market local events and businesses, as well as be available for safety and emergency information. We’re excited for this opportunity!”
NorthSky Nonprofit Network, a program of Rotary Charities, has previously collaborated with the DDA, and other key community stakeholders, to help prioritize projects and drive economic development in Kalkaska County. NorthSky and the DDA relied heavily on the work of Networks Northwest, centered on revitalizing the towns and villages along the US-31 corridor. Railroad Square has always risen to the top, as a key project to kick start new development in Kalkaska.
“During the grant review process, it became clear that this project is meaningful to the people of Kalkaska. It will be a landmark, and resource in the heart of town,” said Marsha Smith, Rotary Charities, Executive Director. “Our staff, board and Rotarian volunteer grant reviewers were impressed by the impact that this project is already having on the Kalkaska business district. Real estate is selling. The farmers market is growing. More food trucks are vending out of the space – all of this, before the project has even broken ground. These are the kinds of high-leverage endeavors that Rotary Charities is thrilled to support.”
In addition to this investment in Kalkaska, the following grants were awarded during this grant cycle:
Arts for All: $9,000
Art Escapes Program Expansion – providing art opportunities for special education classrooms in Leelanau County
Blackbird Arts: $12,500
Community Arts: Voices & Visibility Program – collaborative effort with other local nonprofits, using the arts to raise visibility around complex community problems
City of Traverse City: Partners for Places – Climate Leadership in Rural Michigan: $45,000
Partnership between City and local nonprofits, to strengthen municipal planning around environmentally sustainable infrastructure and meet stated renewable energy goals
Communities in Schools: $50,000
Expand collaboration in rural school districts to decrease high school dropout rates
Conservation Resource Alliance: $70,000
Support for local nonprofit, state, Tribal and federal partners in a joint-effort to remove the Sabin Dam
El Grupo Norte: $25,000
Support for The Strong TC Project – expanding existing programming to more neighborhoods and launching the Advocate Academy
Father Fred Foundation: $31,500
Expansion of the Eviction Diversion program
Friends of Easling Pool: $70,000
Challenge grant to support renovation of Easling pool in collaboration with Grand Traverse County and other nonprofit partners
Glen Arbor Art Association: $10,000
Expanded exhibition space and support for collaborative programming
Honor Area Restoration Project: $50,000
Platte River property acquisition to provide universal access and recreation opportunities to residents and visitors
Justice for Our Neighbors: $11,000
Expand legal services programming for immigrants in Northern Michigan
Kalkaska DDA: $75,000
Build the Community Information Center – part of the Railroad Square revitalization project
Youth Housing Initiative: $75,000
Collaborative effort of several nonprofit housing partners, to build housing for youth ages 18-24 who are experiencing homelessness
Northwest Michigan Health Services: $30,000
Collaborative effort to provide universally accessible dental service space to low income community members
Traverse Area Recreation Trails (TART): $75,000
Multi-municipality joint venture to complete the Boardman Lake Loop trail
5-County Substance Free Coalition: $30,000
Startup funding for five-county collaborative venture that will build capacity of regional stakeholders involved in the prevention and treatment of substance abuse
Great Start Collaborative – Parent Learning Cohort: $25,000
Support for expansion of Parent Learning Cohort initiative throughout rural Northern Michigan – teaching parents to be better parents, and parent advocates.
Venture North: $35,000
Capacity building for expanded economic opportunity
Village of Elberta: $20,000
Penfold Park improvements – increasing community resources and connections, as well as universal accessibility.
Several of these grant recipients also were awarded NorthSky consulting services program evaluation, program development and other capacity building services
In addition to the single year grants listed above, the Rotary Charities Board voted approve a total of $40,000 in renewals of multiple year grants to Crosshatch and Parallel 45
Since July 2017, Rotary Charities has granted an additional $88,498 in Seed Grants – small grants to launch a new idea or to expand an established initiative. Seed grants are considered on a monthly basis by the board of directors. To learn more about this program, visit: http://www.traversecityrotary.org/charities/rotary-charities/grants/all-grants/seed-grants/
In recent years, Rotary Charities has shifted from operating as a traditional charity, to a change-making organization. To learn more about this evolution and future opportunities, please join Rotary Charities staff on January 8, 2018 for the Systems Practice Panel. Learn about groups working to understand the root causes of complex community problems (homelessness, substance abuse, etc.). This gathering is free to attend. To learn more and register, visit: http://www.northskynonprofitnetwork.org/learning-opportunities/
ABOUT ROTARY CHARITIES
Since its inception in the mid-70s, Rotary Charities has distributed more than $58 million in the form of 1,310 grants to organizations and non-profits in Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Benzie, Kalkaska and Antrim counties. The public foundation was formed following the 1976 discovery of oil and natural gas reserves on property owned by the Traverse City Rotary Club. Its purpose over the years has been to distribute interest income generated from the oil and gas royalties to organizations throughout the five-county region of northwest Michigan. More information is available at www.traversecityrotary.org/charities/ .
FY18 Minigrants Benefit 13 Local Arts & Cultural Organizations – 29 More Benefit from MCACA Grants
Rotary Charities/Northsky Nonprofit Network Administers Region 2 Regrant Funds
TRAVERSE CITY — Thirteen arts & cultural groups in northwest Michigan have been approved for minigrant funds through the Michigan Council for the Arts & Cultural Affairs (MCACA) Regranting Program for local projects and professional development planned between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018. The organizations will share $32,775 in total funding. An additional $4,725 will be awarded in February 2018, for a total of $37,500 in minigrant support. The MCACA regrant program is administered locally through NorthSky Nonprofit Network in Traverse City.
Regional organizations receiving minigrant project grant awards include:
- Archipelago Project for Traverse City Youth Chamber Music Camp and Concerts (Grand Traverse)
- Arts for All of Northern Michigan for its Access Arts program (Grand Traverse)
- Cherry Capital Men’s Chorus for its Building a Future with Harmony Concerts (Grand Traverse)
- Encore Winds for its 2017-2018 Concert Season: The Spirit of Music (Grand Traverse)
- Grand Traverse Pavilions for it Summer Outdoor Concert Series (Grand Traverse)
- Harbor Spring Festival of the Books for its 2017-2018 Festivals (Emmet)
- Holy Rosary Church for the Leelanau Chamber Music Festival (Leelanau)
- Little Traverse Choral Society for its 2018 Spring Concert: Seasons of Love, Laughter, Life (Emmet)
- Mancelona Public Schools for its Jazz Enrichment Project (Antrim)
- Manistee Civic Players for its 2017-2018 Season (Manistee)
- Missaukee District Library for its Artists at the Library Youth Enrichment Program (Missaukee)
Organizations receiving minigrants for professional and organizational development include:
- Great Lakes Children’s Museum (Leelanau)
- Old Town Playhouse (Grand Traverse)
Applications for Round 2 professional and organizational development (POD) minigrants are available online at mcaca.egrant.net and due January 15, 2017 (no project minigrants are available in Round 2).
MCACA regranting goals are to address arts & cultural needs, increase public access to arts and culture, build capacity and support projects that preserve, produce or present traditional or contemporary arts and culture. The grants are funded by the State of Michigan through the Michigan Arts and Cultural Affairs and administered through 10 regional districts. Rotary Charities/NorthSky is administering Region 2 funding for Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford counties.
In addition to minigrant funding, MCACA awarded $786,381 to 28 organizations in the ten-county region for operational and project support, facilities and equipment improvements and arts in education residencies. Regional recipients by county include:
- Antrim, $30,250: Crosshatch Center for Art & Design, Mancelona Public Schools;
- Benzie, $37,500: Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts, Michigan Legacy Art Park;
- Charlevoix, $35,500: Charlevoix Circle of Arts, Charlevoix Historical Society, Raven Hill Discovery Center;
- Emmet, $159,500: Bay View Music Festival, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, Great Lakes Center for the Arts; Mackinaw City Area Arts Council, Petoskey Public Schools;
- Grand Traverse, $463,891: Blackbird Arts, City Opera House, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Northwestern Michigan College/Dennos Museum Center, Old Town Playhouse, Parallel 45, Rotary Charities of Traverse City (for Regrant/Minigrants), The Music House Museum, Traverse City Film Festival, Traverse Symphony Orchestra, National Writers Series of Traverse City;
- Leelanau, $32,500: Glen Arbor Arts Association, Leelanau Community Cultural Center;
- Manistee, $27,240: Historic Vogue Theatre;
A listing of all MCACA grant recipients is available on the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs website at: http://www.michiganbusiness.org/cm/Files/MCACA/2017_Funding_Plan_County.pdf?rnd=1473545655809
For questions about MCACA minigrants, Round 2 applications or notification of future arts funding information, please contact Mary Bevans Gillett, regrant coordinator, at 231-883-8388 or email@example.com.
NorthSky Nonprofit Network is a program of Rotary Charities and supports the work of the nonprofit sector through advocacy, capacity building, and sustainability support. Its mission is to build strong communities by helping nonprofit organizations achieve and sustain excellence. NorthSky is an official satellite office of the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center, servicing nonprofit organizations.
Vacant Land for Sale
Rotary Camps & Services (“RC&S” or “Rotary” for short) owns more than 1,700 acres in Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties. It serves as a landowner and property manager for Camp Greilick (formerly Boy Scouts), Camp Sakakawea (Girl Scouts), East Creek Reserve, Discovery Center ~ Great Lakes, and the new Discovery Pier (former TCLP coal dock properties).
In 2000, RC&S acquired 120 acres to the south and east of Canterbury Woods. The property extends across Garfield Avenue in East Bay Township. We acquired our Canterbury Woods property as part of a land exchange with the State. We traded some property with a creek and wetlands that the State wanted for the Canterbury property, which is high and dry. While we appreciate that members of the public have enjoyed walking, biking, or otherwise appreciating our vacant property we never intended it to be a nature preserve or a park. It was always held as an asset — an investment property.
In 2017, RC&S faces new challenges. The Boy Scouts have relinquished Camp Greilick, and the Discovery Center & Pier will require significant capital improvements to achieve our goal of a preeminent waterfront destination. Liquidating this asset will help us meet these challenges.
Rotary has deed restrictions and conservation easements at all our properties, except the Canterbury property. We never restricted the Canterbury property when the State of Michigan did the land swap, because we have always treated it as an investment. We are looking to cash out now to support some of our other projects in the community.
Open to Alternatives
That does not mean that we are only interested in selling to a land developer. We gave the neighboring property owners notice of our intent to list the property for sale in an effort to be good neighbors and to be transparent in the process. (See: Letter to neighboring property owners.) We also wanted to give neighboring property owners the opportunity to pull together to purchase the property, if that is feasible.
Rotary is open to any win-win outcome. Some people have approached the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy to find an alternative solution. We are certainly open to working with them and any neighbors who want to contribute to a winning solution.
You can make inquiries to our realtor, Doug Meteyer of Keller Williams (231) 947-8200 or John Noonan, RC&S Program Director at (231) 941-4010, ext 210.
Rotary Charities and Rotary Camps & Services announced decisions by their boards to retool staffing to address the changing landscape for their organizations. Rotary Charities will add Leah Bagdon-McCallum as their newly created Director of Community Capacity and Evan Gray as the newly created Director of Organizational Capacity. Rotary Camps & Services will add John Noonan as the Program Director and Nick Killian as the Greilick Director.
“This staffing model will allow us to respond to emerging opportunities that align with our vision
for more substantial, transformational change through our grantmaking,” said Rotary Charities
Board Chair, Elaine Wood. “Prior to replacing two staff positions, Rotary Charities retooled its
model to be more in line with the systems change we are hoping to catalyze. Leah and Evan
bring unique skill sets that will help us build capacity in organizations, networks and communities. We are delighted to welcome them to our organization.”
Rotary Camps & Services Chair, Sharron Zimmerman, agreed. “With the addition of the waterfront to our Discovery property and the opportunities to manage our legacy property at Greilick, our organization will be uniquely positioned to leverage these community assets to have more impact in our region. John and Nick round out the Board and volunteer team to make great things happen for our community.” Rotary Camps & Service purchased the Discovery Pier property in May 2016. In December 2016, the Boy Scouts vacated a long term lease at Camp Greilick.
ABOUT OUR NEW STAFF
Leah Bagdon-McCallum, formerly with Senator Gary Peters office, has a background in community building and fund development. Leah grew up in the area and has strong ties here. Her position will focus on our
work in communities.
Evan Gray moved to our region several years ago from Idaho, where he was an administrator for a year-round co-ed boarding school. His background is in consulting, experiential education, organizational
development and servant leadership. Evan’s position will focus on organizational and network capacity through grants and NorthSky, Rotary Charities’ capacity building program.
John Noonan has served as a project manager for the Discovery Center and Pier over the past year. He will assume a full-time position and oversee all the Rotary Camps properties.
Killian, formerly a Camping Director for the Boy Scouts of America, will assume the newly created position of Director for the former Camp Greilick, now Greilick Outdoor Recreation & Education Center.
Saturday, June 17, 2017, 9 am to 1 pm
Great Lakes Campus at NMC
715 E Front St, Traverse City
More than 500 young anglers are expected at the eleventh annual Kids’ Free Fishing Day, Saturday, June 17 at Northwestern Michigan College’s Great Lakes Campus. From 9 am to 1 pm, kids accompanied by an adult are invited to join in the fishing fun. Under the supervision of the Department of Natural Resources, 750 rainbow trout 10 inches or longer will be stocked for the event. Fishing rods, reels and bait will be provided. Children may also bring their own fishing gear. Volunteers will be on hand to help with fishing instruction and clean the fish.
The Great Lakes Children’s Museum will host a free fish painting activity for kids waiting to fish. The Northern Angler will be giving fly casting demonstrations. There will also be a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescue demonstration. Free pizza, courtesy of Little Caesar’s and Orchard Creek Senior Living and Healthcare, will be provided. Parking is available at NMC’s Great Lakes Campus, located just east of the Holiday Inn on U.S. 31.
The event is sponsored by Traverse City Rotary Clubs, Rotary Camps & Services, NMC’s Great Lakes Water Studies Institute, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, Grand Traverse Area Sport Fishing Association, and U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City.
Traverse City, Mich. – Rotary Charities of Traverse City announced the recipients of their fall-cycle grants last Wednesday, December 7th, totaling $325,000 in the form of 11 grants- including a $19,290 grant to Benzie Home Health Care to support their merger with the Benzie County Commission on Aging.
“With the recent merge between Benzie County Council on Aging and Benzie Home Care, this grant award will help accomplish the final end result of the merger with the new marketing and technology to establish a strong brand for Benzie Senior Resources” said Douglas Durand, Benzie Senior Resources’ Executive Director. “This grant will move Benzie Senior Resources to the forefront to provide services to the 5,800 older adults in Benzie County. The majority of the funds are committed to developing a new marketing strategy to position the agency as a hub of senior services. This is critical in reaching out to the communities of Benzie County in how Benzie Senior Resources will provide a delivery of services to the older adults that in turn will improve their quality of life, their health and safety, their social support systems, their nutrition, and their ability to stay in their homes.”
The merger was coordinated by a team of consultants from NorthSky Nonprofit Network, a program of Rotary Charities of Traverse City, including Jen Booher, Tim Ervin, and Kate Redman. Of his work with the merger, Tim Ervin said “Folks age 60 or more now have a single agency that provides the services and programs they need, supported by a staff that is cross-trained and efficient in seeing that the senior population — well over 30 percent of the County’s total — is the beneficiary of this organizational consolidation.”
The following grants were awarded during the fall grant cycle:
Benzie Area Christian Neighbors: $20,000
Technology upgrades to better serve their neighbors
Benzie County Government: $15,000
Create and begin implementation of a coordinated, comprehensive economic development strategy based on community-driven priorities
Benzie Home Health Care (Benzie Senior Resources): $19,290
Marketing, branding and website development to support the merger between Benzie Home Health Care and the Benzie Commission on Aging resulting in the creation of a new entity, Benzie Senior Resources, which will serve as a hub for seniors
Big Brothers Big Sisters: $34,410
Enhance and deepen the in-school presence for a data-driven pilot mentoring program with Central Grade School
Communities in Schools Northwest Michigan: $33,460
Build capacity of a proven successful program prior to launching it in other rural districts in our region
Good Samaritan Family Services: $36,500
Construct an addition to the current facility to accommodate the His House program for young fathers
Grow Benzie: $40,950
Enhance the physical site to make it more accessible, build a Benzie Bus shelter and create an edible putt-putt golf course
Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation: $36,015
Offer a fresh fruit and vegetable prescription program in Benzie County, modeled after a successful program in Grand Traverse County, customized for citizens in rural Benzie
Northern Family Intervention Services: $20,000
Create brand, communication strategy and case statements to tell the story of NFIS and its successful program to keep youth in crisis with their families
Peace Ranch: $19,375
Hire administrative and volunteer management support to allow the Executive Director to build partnerships and funding to support the equine therapy program
Safe Harbor: $50,000
Renovation of former warehouse space to accommodate an emergency shelter for homeless individuals that includes wrap around services and connections to lead them to more permanent housing
In addition to the single year grants listed above, the Rotary Charities Board voted to renew multiple year funding to Crooked Tree Arts Center, Grass River Natural Area, Parallel 45 and Stoneshouse/Dann’s House.
ABOUT ROTARY CHARITIES
Since its inception in the mid-70s, Rotary Charities has distributed more than $56 million in the form of 1,250 grants to organizations and non-profits in Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Benzie, Kalkaska and Antrim counties. The public foundation was formed following the 1976 discovery of oil and natural gas reserves on property owned by the Traverse City Rotary Club. Its purpose over the years has been to distribute interest income generated from the oil and gas royalties to organizations throughout the five-county region of northwest Michigan. More information is available at www.traversecityrotary.org/charities/.