Recent Grants

Let’s Build Together this Summer!

Birds in Palmer had some new spots to nest Monday evening, July 17th. About 50 kids spent the day making birdhouses at the Richmond Township Library.

With some help from parents, kids attached wooden parts, sanded rough corners and decorated their finished birdhouses. The birdhouses didn't come with any specific kind of mounting, so the kids could choose where to put them.

"Some of them want to put them in their bedroom as decoration," Library Director Jan St. Germain said. "Some of them are going to take them out. You can put them on a pod, like a tripod, if you want. They can hang them in a tree, whatever they want. They can put their personal touch on how they hang them."

The library funded the event with a $1,000 grant from the Negaunee Area Community Fund, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Marquette County. The grant also covers the library's entire summer reading program.

Spring 2017 Grants

Community Foundation Announces 2017 Grant Recipients

On Monday June 5th, 2017 at the Kaufman Auditorium, the Community Foundation of Marquette County announced the recipients of the 2017 competitive grant cycle. Community funds generated through a multitude of local donor gifts invested wisely over the last 28 years produced funds for Big Bay, Gwinn, Ishpeming, Negaunee and Marquette and were distributed for a number of varied projects. Ninety-eight applications produced a total of fifty-eight grants with projects ranging from a summer bike program for at-risk youth in Marquette to funding to assist Marquette County residents who have been diagnosed with cancer.

The Gwinn Area Community Fund granted a total of $2,169.38, the Greater Ishpeming Area Community Fund granted $8,450.00, the Marquette Area Community Fund granted $48,055.00, and the Negaunee Area Community Fund granted $17,895.00. The grand total of all the distributions was $76,569.38.

Pictured above are CFMC Board member Jim Hewitt and Marquette YAC members with grant recipients: Karen Wolf with Lake Superior Village Youth and Family Center, Todd Backlund with Environmental/Agricultural Projects for Negaunee Public Schools, Jim O'Brien with Pine Mountain Music Festival, and Kay Bammert with Silver Creek Church.

•For a full listing of our Spring 2017 Grants click here

North Star Academy students receive winter recreation lesson from Noquemanon Trail Network



The Noquemanon Trail Network partnered up with North Star Academy for a day of winter recreation for their students. This was a reward for North Star students for good behavior in class. Lessons were given in snow shoeing and cross country skiing with a bonfire available to warm up.

“It’s nice to get these students out here who don’t normally — who won’t normally participate in these winter outdoor recreation activities,” said JJ Ferrington, Trailhead Host Coordinator. “It gives them the skill to get out here and enjoy the trails and the nature that our winter — that our area provides.” The day was made possible through a grant from the Community Foundation of Marquette County.