Ferndale Community Foundation accepting applications for grant funding

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published November 9, 2020


FERNDALE — The Ferndale Community Foundation is now accepting applications to provide grant funding for groups and programs that aim to help the city of Ferndale and its residents.

The foundation is awarding $13,000 in total to nonprofit organizations for “projects that provide opportunities for public art, cultural or music events, health programs, and/or youth recreation activities,” according to a press release.

“It’s really project-based,” said foundation Chairperson Dan Martin. “It’s anything that’s enriching the community through arts, health care, education. We’ve funded a big variety of things in the past … to bring (a) benefit to the city and the residents.”

The grants can provide up to, but no more than, $2,000. It was noted by the foundation that it’s not taking requests specifically aimed to fund general operating expenses.

Martin said the COVID-19 pandemic certainly impacted the foundation’s fundraising efforts this year. The foundation acts as the fiduciary for Ferndale Pride, which didn’t occur this year, so the amount of money it brought in was less in 2020.

However, despite COVID-19’s effect on fundraising, the foundation decided to dip into its reserves to offer the grants again this year.

“This is really pretty consistent with what we give each year,” he said. “We didn’t lessen the amount.”

“If someone submits a grant proposal to us, there’s really three options,” Martin continued. “We choose not to fund it this year; or we fund it partially; or we fund the whole amount, based on a review of the foundation’s board. We will do that until we cap out at $13,000.”

Last year, the Ferndale Senior Group received a grant from the Ferndale Community Foundation. President Jeannie Davis said they used the grant to fund a whole year of the free lunch program for seniors who attend the group’s meetings every other week.

“They gave us enough money to pay for a year of it, which then gave us time to figure out how to raise money the rest of the time,” she said.

For many of the seniors, Davis noted, lunch is their biggest meal of the day.

“A lot of the seniors are on such a strict budget that the big lunch at the (Kulick Community Center) would carry them over to dinner,” she said. “It’s very important in that it’s giving these people a nutritious meal when they otherwise couldn’t have afforded it.”

Organizations can find more information about the grants and the application at www.ferndalemi.gov/news/ferndale-community-foundation-accepting-nonprofit-grant-applications-4. The deadline to turn in the application is Monday, Nov. 30.