Rotary Charities of Traverse City Announces Emerging Needs Grant Recipients
Ten different projects throughout northern lower Michigan are getting a financial boost.
Traverse City Rotary Charities announces that $406,000 in grants will be distributed among ten community initiatives. The money comes from the Emerging Needs Fund, which supports efforts to meet important community needs.
One focus of the grants is child care, including funding for a community daycare co-op in the Commongrounds development near downtown Traverse City. Sakura Takano, CEO of Rotary Charities, said, “We also have a few grants related to early childhood education. It’s quite exciting. I feel like we’re putting our resources into areas and we’re part of something much bigger, and we’re just happy to be part of it.
Other projects include things like behavioral health, community policing, and housing. “I think one of the exciting things about our Emerging Needs Grant is providing grants to projects that are so close to getting their funding, to be able to put shovels in the ground and provide housing solutions to people in the community,” Takano said.
Emerging Needs Grant Recipients
The Friendship Center – Suttons Bay, MI
Extension of the LIFT program – $41,600
Leelanau Investing for Teens (LIFT) is an after-school mentorship program that aims to empower young people to discover and harness their strengths. In response to community feedback and growing needs, LIFT is partnering with Leelanau County Schools to establish a middle school after-school program at Suttons Bay Public Schools for the 2022-23 school year. Funding from the Rotary Charities grant will support the hiring of a program manager at the college.
Goodwill Northern Michigan – Traverse City, MI
North Boardman Community Policing Program – $60,000
Through a collaborative partnership with Goodwill Northern Michigan, the Traverse City Police Department (TCPD) seeks to advance positive homeless and community outcomes, with a focus on the downtown North Boardman neighborhood. town of Traverse City. Funding from the Rotary Charities Grant will provide support for a community police officer to work with a TCPD police social worker and outreach workers from Goodwill and the North West MI Coalition to put ending homelessness to provide effective resources to people experiencing homelessness and/or health emergencies, including mental health crises .
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians – Peshawbestown, MI
Lower Boardman-Ottaway River Cultural Program – $25,000
In conjunction with the Great Lakes Fishery Commission (GLFC) FishPass Outreach and Education Team, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and the Chippewa Indians (GTB) seek to deepen tribal cultural awareness and perspective in local community culture. Funding from the Rotary Charities grant will provide support to GTB’s Natural Resources and Culture and Language departments in their efforts to collect, examine and apply traditional ecological knowledge in local community planning efforts around rivers and rivers. watersheds, including the Lower Boardman-Ottaway River.
Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Area – Traverse City, MI
New Waves Housing Development – $50,000
Through a collaborative partnership, New Waves United Church of Christ (NWUCC) and Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Region (HFHGTR) seek to address the regional shortage of labor and affordable housing by building 14 homes on a plot belonging to the church at the intersection of M-72 and Bugai Road in Leelanau County. Six of the homes will be part of HFHGTR’s home ownership program, one will be church staff housing, and the remaining seven units will be owned and operated by NWUCC under a low-cost rental program. The Rotary Charities grant will cover initial pre-development costs for the site, including infrastructure such as roads, wells and electricity.
HomeStretch Nonprofit Housing Corporation – Suttons Bay, MI
Vineyard View Townhouses – $60,000
HomeStretch, in partnership with Leelanau Christian Neighbors, is seeking to alleviate the affordable housing crisis in Leelanau County by developing eight affordable residential apartments in Suttons Bay on a parcel of land donated by the Leelanau County Land Bank Authority. The property’s rezoning terms require a 20-year deed restriction requiring units to be occupied by people whose annual income does not exceed 80% of the area’s median income. The Rotary Charities grant will provide support to fill the funding gap needed to begin building the project.
Kalkaska County Library – Kalkaska, MI
Kalkaska Middle and High School Books Update – $10,000
The Kalkaska County Library seeks to increase the number of Kalkaska middle and high school students and teachers who use school libraries and improve the district’s literacy rate by updating library books and resources school and replacing worn and obsolete titles. Rotary Charities grants will purchase approximately 400 new books for each school.
Northern Michigan Community Health Innovation Region – 10 County Behavioral Health Initiative Action Team Support – $25,000
The Northern Michigan Community Health Innovation Region (NMCHIR) launched the Behavioral Health Initiative (BHI) in 2021 in response to the spiraling behavioral health crisis and critical lack of resources in Northern Michigan. Through feedback from hundreds of stakeholders across the region and action at a BHI Summit, 12 BHI Action Teams comprised of cross-sector leaders, staff and local youth were formed and worked towards goals that promote well-being and resilience and seek to improve access to mental health services. Rotary Charities grants will support the implementation of projects developed collaboratively by action teams.
Northern Michigan Health Consortium – Traverse City, MI
Crisis Wellness Clinic Project Director – $50,000
In response to an identified lack of adequate mental health crisis services, a highly collaborative action team from the Behavioral Health Initiative (BHI) of the Northern Michigan Community Health Innovation Region (NMCHIR) is working to the creation of a Crisis and Wellness Center in Traverse City, which would provide support and connections to services for people of all ages, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. The clinic will work to calm and stabilize people in mental health crisis and reduce unnecessary visits to the emergency room, inpatient psychiatric units or prison. Rotary Charities grants will enable a project director to move from planning to implementation.
Traverse City Area Public Schools – Traverse City, MI
Peer-to-Peer Program Development – $45,000
In an effort to raise awareness of mental wellness and reduce mental health stigma among students, Traverse City-area public schools are offering the University of Michigan Peer to Peer Program at Traverse City Central High School and West Senior High School. The program will teach students to watch for signs such as social isolation or feelings of hopelessness, and learn to monitor their own emotions and take care of themselves, seeking adult support when they need it. need. The program will also create dedicated sanctuary spaces in both buildings where students can recharge and receive the support they need. Funding from Rotary Charities will provide support to pilot the project during the 2022-23 school year.
United Way of Northwest Michigan – Traverse City, MI
Northern Blooms Montessori Family Center – $40,000
The Northern Blooms Montessori Family Center, a community-based early years program, will provide child care spaces for up to 20 children ages 12 to 36 months. With its facilities located in the Commongrounds Co-op development on Eighth Street, Northern Blooms will offer downtown Traverse City residents and employees a convenient option for quality, affordable child care with a cost services based on a unique equity-focused financial structure. Funding from the Rotary Charities grant will provide support for the construction of two classrooms and furniture.