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Gratiot Foundation offers matching grants to cities

The Gratiot County Community Foundation wants to give away $50,000 this year.

Officials in St. Louis, Alma, Ashley, Breckenridge, Fulton (Middleton/Perrinton) and Ithaca have been offered a piece of the matching grant if they come up with “creative, forward-thinking projects that will inspire in residents a sense of pride in their community,” according to a Foundation press release.

The grant is a matching grant, meaning that the Foundation will match whatever the city puts up. For example, if St. Louis officials come up with a suitable project that costs $20,000, the Foundation will pay $10,000 of that.

Gratiot FoundationHowever, the Foundation won’t spend more than $50,000 between the six communities, so no one project is likely to get all of the money.

“This Initiative is intended to inspire collaboration between community members and their city or village leaders so that everyone feels that they have a voice in the process and ownership in making the ideas a reality,” said Foundation Director Tina Travis in the press release.

The Foundation requires that a “letter of intent” be submitted by July 2, with a completed application due on Sept. 10. Presentations from each application will be made to the selection committee on Sept. 18, and the Foundation’s board of directors will make the final decision on Oct. 1. Award recipients will be announced at the Foundation’s annual community breakfast in November.

City Manager Kurt Giles said that “candidate projects” will be discussed internally and presented to city council at a goal-setting session.

The GREAT Communities Initiative Request for Proposal is available at www.gratiotfoundation.org along with the grant application and policies.  With questions, contact Tina Travis at (989)875-4222 or at ttravis@gratiotfoundation.org.

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