2017-12-14 / Life in Leelanau

Leelanau Twp. foundation offers grants of nearly $16,000; third-oldest in state

The Leelanau Township Community Foundation (LTCF) has provided grants totaling $15,810 for community projects last week.

The list includes more than $9,000 in grants from the General Endowment Fund and $6,811 in grants from the Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council.

General Endowment Fund grants, which come from the foundation’s oldest fund, include:

 $6,000 to Leelanau Christian Neighbors (LCN) to help fund the “Blessings in the Backpack” program;

 $2,500 to Samaritan’s Closet to provide assistance with living expenses to Leelanau Township residents; and

 $500 to the Fox Island Lighthouse Association to fund a better communication system between the island and the mainland.

In addition, there were five grants recommended by the foundation’s Youth Advisory Council for issuance to Northport Public School. They are:

 $2,880 to purchase furniture for a new seating area in the front lobby.

 $1,850 to LCN to assist with its baby pantry.

 $1,000 to help fund the holiday “giving tree.”

 $860 to purchase 10 art easels.

 $220 to provide admission for 55 students to attend the upcoming Tutankhamun exhibit at the Dennos Museum in Traverse City.

The foundation’s Youth Advisory Council is focused on grants that provide benefits to the youth in the community.

Information about applying for a grant from the LTCF is available on the foundation’s website or by calling 386-9000.

The Leelanau Township Community Foundation is the third oldest community foundation in Michigan. Established in 1945, it started with a gift of $35,000 — representing about $250,000 in today’s dollars — from Francis H. Haserot in memory of his long-time friend and business associate, Gilman Marsten Dame.

The Foundation has given more than $3.5 million in grants to local projects. Donations may be made to LTCF, P.O. Box 818, Northport.

Today the Foundation has more than $4 million in assets.

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