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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.

Here is the link to fill application

Tuesday, 21 February 2023 21:01

Healthy Youth & Healthy Senior Grant

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.

If you have questions with application process please contact Beth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 734-495-1200.

Click here to fill out the application

Tuesday, 21 February 2023 18:10

Giving Hope Grant Application 2023

Giving Hope's 2023 Grant Cycle Is Open Now Through April 14, 2023!

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.

If you have questions with application process please contact Beth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 734-495-1200.

Click here to fill out the application


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
 - Individuals
 - Issues that divide us, not unite us

Published in Giving Hope News

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:

Healthy yard Annette DeMariaMs. 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.



Wednesday, 08 February 2023 17:04

Civility Project - Lunch & Learn Update

Detroit journalists Nolan Finley and Stephen Henderson founded The Civility Project in 2020 to bring people with opposing viewpoints together and teach them the tools to have civil conversations, explore civic discourse without animosity, and learn how to listen productively.
The last decade has been one of the most politically and emotionally divisive in American history. Confrontation happens when civility breaks down, and it’s more important than ever for Americans to be able work through disagreements in a respectful, productive manner.
On February 7th at  Westland City Hall, The Civility Project discussed tools to stay civil in these times of discord and extreme opinions. Thank you to all who attended.

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 to watch

Wednesday, 08 February 2023 16:49

Clean Love update - Giving Hope


News & Updates


Hello Giving Hope Ladies!

We received notice from "The Clean Love Project" and wanted to share this GIVING opportunity with you. Giving Hope, Women's Giving Circle had the honor of supporting The Clean Love Project at our summer social event in 2021 and were very impressed with the organization and their commitment to women. We HOPE we can help them continue their important mission!

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Linda Demmer

Giving Hope Advisory Board Chairwoman

giving hope women s giving circle

Our Plus One Campaign Is Back!

During the month of February, "The Clean Love Project" is collecting the essential hygiene products needed for their February 25th assembling event.

Add a box of tampons or pads to your next online order or simply order straight from the Amazon Wish List using the button below. When ordering from the wish list, your donation is sent directly to The Clean Love Project's headquarters.

Adding a "+1" item to your cart for "The Clean Love Project" from your favorite online store is an easy way to support their mission of helping women in need feel clean, loved and empowered.

Send your donations to:

The Clean Love Project

PO Box 1863

Taylor, MI 48180

Click Here to be directed to the Amazon Wish List

Published in Giving Hope News
Wednesday, 11 January 2023 21:23

2023 Scholarship Application Open

2023 Scholarship Application Now Open
Attention Students!
The 2023 Scholarship Applications for all scholarship funds managed through the Local Impact Alliance are now open. The applications will remain open until March 17, 2023.
We're proud to support our community's students and their educational endeavors by offering numerous scholarships. Our program includes financial aid opportunities for students of all ages who are at different stages in their educational pursuits, as well as a number of different areas of study.
Local Impact Alliance has awarded $1,575,300 in scholarships since inception in Plymouth, Canton and Westland communities.

Click on the link below to be transferred to our scholarship applications.

Scholarship Application 2023

Wednesday, 11 January 2023 18:40

Westland Community Foundation Scholarship Fund

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. 

Published in Scholarship Funds

Welcome to Sande Godbout and Diane Fritz. The Westland Community Foundation Advisory Committee is now comprised of Five members.

Jim Godbout (Chair)

Sharon Scott

Patti Neal

Diane Fritz

Sande Godbout

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.

Diane Fritz    sande Godbout

Tuesday, 03 January 2023 20:03

The Civility Project - Lunch & Learn



WLIA footerelcome 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


 civility projectAmericans 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

Register Here


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.



Hendersonn 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.



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