2008-05-24 / Top News

Community Foundation Awards $20,000 in Grants

More than $20,000 in grants was awarded to eight organizations by the Mackinac Island Community Foundation Saturday, May 17. The grants are awarded twice a year, in the spring and winter, and are determined by the foundation's income from its endowments. Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations.

The City of Mackinac Island received $550 for keys to the city that will be presented as a memento to visiting dignitaries.

The city also received a $2,000 grant for its flower basket fund. The grant will help the committee purchase and maintain flower baskets on Main Street and Market Street.

The American Legion Post will purchase a new flag representing the former American Legion Post on the Island with a grant of about $530.

The Mackinac Arts Council will get $2,000 for "Drop in and Draw," a program of weekly drawing classes at Community Hall, starting June 16. The Arts Council will also receive $3,000 toward the annual music festival.

The Medical Center received $3,000 to replace aging equipment for blood analysis.

In celebration of recreation month, the Mackinac Island Recreation Department will provide a day of activities at Great Turtle Park with the help of a $1,000 grant.

Mackinac Island Public School students will benefit from a $72 per-student grant that will provide opportunities for all school children to learn dance.

The Mackinac Horsemen's Association will clean the horse ring and remove rocks with a $1,500 grant.

Six unmarked graves will now have headstones, thanks to a $1,200 grant to the cemetery board from the city's general fund.

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