Ishpeming- MI – On February 12, 2015 the Western Marquette County Health Foundation awards their second round of competitive grants during a grant ceremony from 12:00-1:00 at their office. In all, the foundation received approximately $90,000 in requests from area nonprofits for health and wellness programs during their December 31, 2014 deadline. The foundation funded over $20,000 in grants. The successful recipients are:
- Partridge Creek Farm, Inc – $10,000: Partridge Creek Incubator Project will build an incubator farm to include hoop houses and sustainable practices in downtown Ishpeming. This will provide the research to evolve into a large-scale farm production with educational programming and local food production.
- Great Lake Recovery Centers- $3,450: Wilderness and Recreational Therapy Projects designed to expand programming for youth and adolescents being service by GLRC’s Adolescent Services Center in Negaunee and Outpatient Clinic in Ishpeming.
- Alzheimer’s Association of Michigan – $3,000: Greater Michigan Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will develop monthly support groups and community outreach educational programs in Western Marquette County for caregivers and family members of those living with dementia.
- YMCA of Marquette County – $2,750: The EnhanceFitness program will be expanded into Western Marquette County. EnhanceFitness serves adults 50 and older who have arthritis. The program is meant to improve participants physically and mentally with strength, balance, flexibility, mood and independence levels of those living with Arthritis.
- NICE Community School District – $1,000: The Health and Sustainability Initiative will augment existing programs and equipment for their hoop house to produce higher yields of organically grown produce for the school’s salad bar and educational materials that will connect students to healthy food and living.
The Foundation is dedicated to providing funding for health and wellness solutions for the communities within Western Marquette County. This includes, but is not limited to, the programs addressing the following Critical Health Indicators of the region (2010).
- Chronic Disease Education: Diabetes, Asthma, Arthritis, Cancer, Heart Disease
- Mental Health and Social & Emotional Support
- Prenatal Health
- Health and Wellness
- Un-or under-insured, primarily children
The Western Marquette County Health Foundation prioritizes funding based on programs that serve individuals in a specific geographic area, which is defined as the two cities (Ishpeming & Negaunee) and nine townships (Ishpeming, Negaunee, Ely, Republic, Michigamme, Tilden, Champion, Humboldt, Richmond).
Since its transition from the Bell (Hospital) Foundation, the foundation has approved funding for approximately $50,000 to nonprofits through grants and donations. With this grant cycle, the foundation increases its total support to the community to $70,000 in the 15 months since it began. For 2015, the Foundation will receive grants by its new deadlines of April 1 and October 1, with funding levels of $25,000 during each round.