The Rotary Club of Troy recently received a grant for $1,000 from the Troy Community Foundation.

The Rotary Club of Troy recently received a grant for $1,000 from the Troy Community Foundation.

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Troy Community Foundation gives out grant money to community partners

By: Brendan Losinski | Troy Times | Published November 23, 2021

 The Kiwanis Club of Troy was one of three local organizations that helped the Troy Community Foundation with the Troy Family Daze fundraising event and received a grant for $1,000 as a result.

The Kiwanis Club of Troy was one of three local organizations that helped the Troy Community Foundation with the Troy Family Daze fundraising event and received a grant for $1,000 as a result.

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 Troy Police and Fire Benevolent Association will continue to aid the families of police and fire personnel in need, thanks to a recent grant from the Troy Community Foundation.

Troy Police and Fire Benevolent Association will continue to aid the families of police and fire personnel in need, thanks to a recent grant from the Troy Community Foundation.

Photo provided by Olivia McLaughlin

TROY — Three local nonprofits were recently presented with grants for $1,000 each by the Troy Community Foundation.

The grants are part of yearly distributions to the community, with these three groups being singled out by the TCF for aiding with the annual Troy Family Daze celebration.

“That is a special distribution for service partners who assist us during Troy Family Daze,” said TCF board Chair Karen Greenwood. “The Rotary and Kiwanis bring a lot of service into the community, but we also have an open grant session in the fall. These were early awards in that.”

Additional grant money is given out by the TCF in the fall and spring, but the other recipients haven’t been selected yet.

“We do a fall and spring grant session. This year’s fall session is $7,500 of grants. We have allocated up to $15,000, depending on the year,” Greenwood explained. “Our spring grant session is in March. We give out grants between $500 and $3,000 for organizations in the Troy community. … We haven’t decided who the other money is going to yet. We have a grant committee who decides that. We have an additional $7,000 and $10,000 that we will be giving out in the fall session. We may be getting some more money from grants that are included in that total, as well.”

The three groups being given the grants are the Rotary Club of Troy, the Kiwanis Club of Troy and the Troy Police and Fire Benevolent Association.

“These three groups assisted us in the Troy Daze event this year. Kiwanis and Rotary run our admissions and check-in tent,” Greenwood said. “The Troy Police and Fire Benevolent Fund is the fund for all city workers, as well. The city provides us with the land for Troy Daze, and the police are there working the event as security, too.”

Michael Ball, the president of the Rotary Club of Troy, said that they were very excited to receive the money and are happy to work with the TCF.

“We’re excited to continue the partnership with the Troy Community Foundation,” he said. “We’ve partnered with them for many years and on many projects, especially on Troy Daze. Them being willing to give us this grant money is fantastic.”

He said the money will be helping provide meals for families in need on Thanksgiving.

“Team Turkey is where the money will be going,” said Ball. “This allows us to continue to provide many meals to those less fortunate in our community. It’s a drive (in which) five groups we team with work to get pre-prepared meals made with Meijer and then deliver them to families on Thanksgiving morning. We’ll have about 200 meals going out this year.”

Kiwanis Club of Troy President Doug Tietz said that they will be putting the money back into the Troy community, and he believes that programs like this one in which the TCF gives out money can make an incredible difference in the lives of local residents.

“We were excited, and we’re going to be holding several community events coming up for children in need, including a Santa event. It’s a big bonus to us,” said Tietz. “Making the world a better place starts locally. Taking care of our neighbors is critical to making Troy a better place to live. Distributions like the one the Troy Community Foundation do are a big part of that.”

Troy Police and Fire Benevolent Association board Secretary Cindy Stewart said her organization was very grateful for the grant money, and it will continue to support the families of police and fire personnel who have suffered losses.

“We were very thankful. Due to COVID, we, like many organizations, were not able to hold fundraisers, so this really helps us out right now,” Stewart said. “The nonprofit was established in 2002 because one of the Troy Police Officers passed away on 9/11. He had a wife and two young sons, and he did not have life insurance. We reached out to the Farmington Hills Police Department, because they already had a benevolent association, to help out with funeral expenses. It spurred us on to form a benevolent association in the city of Troy. We provide assistance to people in need, primarily families of police and fire personnel who are in financial need. Whenever a police officer or firefighter dies in Oakland, Wayne or Macomb County, we send a check, because we want to help out, but our primary focus is Troy police and fire personnel. So having money in the bank is important when there is a need we need to meet.”

The TCF said they were happy to work with so many people from the Troy community to once again host Troy Daze and that grant distributions like this one are the natural result.

“Tying Troy Family Daze to the Troy Community Foundation is important to us,” remarked Greenwood. “We had a great event this year, and we couldn’t do it without the volunteers, many of whom were from these three organizations.”