For Good. For Ever.
Canton's Youth Advisory Council (YAC) continues to assert itself as an influential group of students that truly make a difference in their community by particpating in service projects, special events, local decision making, and more. The YAC Fund is used to make grants to area nonprofit organizations that support families and youth. YAC solicits grant requests, evaluates the grants, and selects the grantees.
Youth Advisory Council of Canton, MI (YAC) is designed instill philanthropy in the community's youth. Members of Canton's YAC have worked hard over the past year to raise funds to contribute to their endowment fund, and now they would like to return some of those proceeds to their fellow youth by offering mini-grants for youth-driven projects.
These grant opportunities are catered to classroom projects or community youth groups and provide a valuable lesson to those students who participate in the grant application and writing process. Below is an outline of key information for you to share:
▪ Suggested grant request is $100 to $1,000.
▪ Beneficiaries of grant funds must be 19 years or younger.
▪ Program must serve youth in the Plymouth-Canton area.
▪ Each application will be thoroughly reviewed by Canton’s YAC, made up of Canton Community High School students.
▪ All applicants will be notified of the Youth Advisory Council’s decisions.
Applications are due no later than 5:00pm on Friday, March 31, 2023.
For questions or more information, contact Chelsea Straub at 734-394-5361.
The Canton Community Foundation is dedicated to enriching the quality of life in Western Wayne County and beyond by providing grants to organizations that support our mission.
In 2000, as a result of a national tobacco settlement, Canton Community Foundation was among 65 community foundations in Michigan to receive an allocation of funds to aid community efforts that support healthy youth and healthy seniors.
Past grants include support for conflict resolution and anti-bullying for youth, exercise for seniors, grief counseling, and work skills development for special needs youth.
These organizations must be 501(c) public charities.
Giving Hope, Women's Giving Circle efforts are focused on helping in the local community, reaching and assisting women, children, and their families in need.
The members and patrons of Giving Hope have granted more than $100,000 to local organizations that serve women and families in need since its inception in 2006.
Grants will only be awarded to qualifying 501(c)3 organizations serving women and children in Western Wayne County.
Giving Hope Grant Making Principles:
- To benefit women and their families.
- To encourage programs which are collaborative, comprehensive and have the potential to be continuous.
- To encourage leveraging and matching grant opportunities from multiple funders.
- To support "seed" money opportunities for innovative projects.
- To encourage the self-sufficiency and well-being of women and their families.
Applicant Organization Criteria:
- Must be a nonprofit 501(c)3 with a current State of Michigan license to solicit, if applicable.
- Must meet the mission of Giving Hope.
- Must have a specific project or program for which the funding is being requested.
- Must have clear objectives.
What Giving Hope Will (Generally) Not Fund:
While Giving Hope, Women's Giving Circle remains flexible in trying to meet community needs, the following are areas that will generally not be considered for funding at this time:
- Routine operating expenses
- Travel, tours or trips
- Endowment campaigns
- Special fundraising events and sponsorships
- Organizations that do not provide services to the greater Canton and Plymouth, Michigan area
- Religious organizations for religious purposes or political organizations
- Existing obligations or debts/liabilities
- Issues that divide us, not unite us
For residents of Plymouth, Canton, and Westland, we are part of the Rouge River watershed. The Rouge River watershed encompasses 48 communities throughout SE Michigan serving 1.35 million people. It’s a critical regional resource for recreational opportunities, wildlife habitats, and even drinking water.
We are connected to the Rouge watershed through our storm water runoff and storm drain systems. Things we do at our homes and yards drain directly into the watershed. Practicing healthy habits in your yard helps filter pollutants before they reach the watershed.
As spring approaches, Annette DeMaria, Executive Director of the Alliance of Rouge Communities, will provide tips for homeowners to keep a beautiful yard while reducing their impact on the watershed. Topics to be discussed include alternatives to household chemicals, the use of fertilizers and pesticides, and proper disposal of pet waste.
We hope you will join us for this free Lunch and Learn event at the Plymouth District Library on March 15th at 11:30 am.
About our Speaker:
Ms. Annette DeMaria, P.E., PMP is a principal engineer with 25 years of experience at Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc., and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Alliance of Rouge Communities (ARC).
Ms. DeMaria’s entire career has focused on the restoration of the Rouge River watershed. Her experience includes municipal storm water permitting, green storm water management, water quality monitoring, beach sanitary surveys and project management. She oversees municipal storm water permit compliance for more than 20 Michigan communities.
Ms. DeMaria is a registered Professional Engineer (MI) and a certified Project Management Professional.
Wednesday, March 15, 2023 • Plymouth District Library (223 Main St., Plymouth)
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
FREE (however, registration is required)
Register here online or contact Beth Meade at 734-495-1200.
The Civility Project was presented by Westland Community Foundation , part of Local Impact Alliance.
Here are pictures from the event, video of the conversation is now available available on the website of https://localimpactalliance.org/.
Click on the link below to be transferred to our scholarship applications.
Westland Community Foundation Scholarship program for Westland students with a financial need.
We're proud to support our community's students and their educational endeavors by offering numerous scholarships.
Welcome to Sande Godbout and Diane Fritz. The Westland Community Foundation Advisory Committee is now comprised of Five members.
Jim Godbout (Chair)
The members of the Westlamd Community Foundation Advisory Committee are not only leaders in their field, but leaders in their community. This volunteer group of distinguished community members brings a valuable perspective to how we can best serve the Westland community.
Welcome to the winter line up of Lunch & Learns.
We invite you to bring your lunch and feed your mind!
The Civility Project - Lunch & Learn
with Nolan Finley & Stephen Henderson
Americans are at their best when they can talk with one another, disagree, even argue — but agree to keep the dialogue going. Unfortunately, too many people today feel like they can’t do that. Instead they avoid speaking to people with whom they disagree. The Civility Project is changing that. Civility is defined as “formal politeness and courtesy in behavior or speech.” It’s a process of treating one another — regardless of different opinions, perspectives or political leanings — with respect and kindness. It’s about listening to another viewpoint, even if you don’t agree with it, searching for the humanity behind a perspective or stance. If you’ve never had the opportunity to attend a Civility Project session (or even if you have), we hope that you will plan now to join us for this amazing experience with these two giants of Michigan journalism. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:
• Agree to disagree
• Learn to listen to other sides
• Engage in civil conversation
• Use what you hear too challenge or affirm your own views
• Build respect for each other’s humanity
• Stay curious
Tuesday, February 7, 2023 — Westland City Hall Ballroom, 36300 Warren Rd., Westland, 48185 11:30-1:00
FREE (however, registration is required)
Contact Beth Meade at 734-495-1200 to register
About Our Hosts:
Celebrated journalists Nolan Finley and Stephen Henderson have been longtime friends, despite their different perspectives on pretty much everything. The one thing they agree on is the importance of their friendship — which includes a healthy does of disagreement and mutual respect.
Nolan Finley began his newspaper career as a copy boy at The Detroit News while a senior in college. After a brief stint with the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Finley returned to The News as a reporter. In 2000, he was named Editorial Page Editor, where he directs the expression of the newspaper’s editorial position. He is also the co-host of One Detroit on PBS. In 2012 Finley was inducted in the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.
Stephen Henderson is an American journalist who won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for commentary and the 2014 National Association of Black Journalists “Journalist of the Year” award while writing for the Detroit Free Press. Since 2015, Henderson has hosted Detroit Today on WDET. In 2020, he founded BridgeDetroit, where he serves as Executive Editor.