March 22, 2023

Saginaw Community Foundation grants $231,725 in latest grant cycle

Between Jan. 12 – Mar. 10, 2023, Saginaw Community Foundation (SCF) granted $231,725, supporting 22 programs and projects via its designated, donor advised and competitive grant processes. 


“Every person who has supported the foundation – whether through donations, volunteering or advocacy – has assisted us in giving much needed support to the programs and projects helping to make our community a better place,” said Reneé Johnston, president and CEO of the foundation. “We strive to grant funds to support programs that will make a difference in our community and beyond.”


Grants awarded during recent cycles were funded via SCF Unrestricted Funds, the YWCA Fund for Women & Children, as well as various designated and donor advised funds.


Currently, SCF manages 28 unrestricted funds, 78 designated funds and 62 donor advised funds. 


Organizations interested in applying for a grant through SCF can learn more at, or contact Kendra Kempf, program officer, by email at Remaining application deadlines for SCF’s competitive grants in 2023 are May 1, Aug. 1, and Nov. 1.


The following SCF funds provided designated and donor advised (non-competitive) grants, Jan. 12 – Mar. 10, 2023:

Circle Michigan Fund – $225
Corpus Christi Catholic School – Travel Grant 


Dow CommunityGives – $1,000
Freeland Community Schools – Freeland Middle School Robotics Team


Flegenheimer Family Foundation Fund – $35,000
Benzie County Central Schools – $5,000
COGNITION Science and Discovery Center – $5,000
The Diaper Alliance – $5,000
Frankfort–Elberta Area Schools – $5,000
Friends of Garber Courts (SCF) – $10,000
Friends of The Garden Theater – $5,000


HAP Healthy Initiatives Fund – $1,500
Child Abuse and Neglect Council Great Lakes Bay Region


Nexteer Community Improvement Fund – $6,500
Bay County Active Assailant Task Force – $1,500
PartnerShift Network – office equipment and assistance with Success Coaching Program – $5,000


Nexteer Education Fund – $1,500
Great Lakes Bay FIRST – Travel expenses for Freeland Middle School Robotics Team to attend World Championships


Stevens Family Fund – $5,000
First Presbyterian Church – Ecumenical Food Pantry


The following organizations received grants to support programs/projects via various competitive grants available through SCF:

American Chemical Society –$2,500 ($1,500 from the YWCA Fund for Women & Children; $1,000 from the Saginaw County Child Development Fund)
STEAM Accessibility for Saginaw Youth


Great Mural Project (SCF) – $5,000 ($4,244 from the SCF Unrestricted Fund; $756 from the Saginaw Community Arts Fund)
The Great Mural Project


Handley Foundation (SCF) – $75,000 ($70,000 from the Healthy Communities Fund; $5,000 from the YWCA Fund for Women & Children)
Handley Hills


Heart of the City – $2,000 (from the SCF Unrestricted Fund)
Ecstatic about STEM – Create the Future


Hemlock Public Schools – $1,500 (from the YWCA Fund for Women & Children)
The STEM Labs at The Lockwood STEM Center


Mission in the City – $50,000 (Healthy Communities Fund)
Project Park Improvement (Welcome Center)


New Beginnings Enrichment Center – $5,000 ($3,965 from the SCF Unrestricted Fund; $1,035 from the Neighborhood Revitalization Fund)
One Week, One Street


Saginaw County Community Mental Health Authority– $10,000 ($5,152 from the Mental Health Fund; $4,848 from the Carl Werth, Sr. & Ruth Werth Memorial Fund)
Clinical Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)


TempleArts – $15,000 (from the SCF Unrestricted Fund)
The Temple Theatre Stage Rejuvenation Project