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Community Foundation Plymouth

For Good. For Ever.

The Community Foundation of Plymouth is dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the Plymouth area by providing grants to organizations that support our mission.

These organizations must:
- Be 501(c) public charities.
- Encourage the self-sufficiency and well-being of residents within the 48170 zip code.
- Encourage programs which are collaborative, comprehensive and have the potential to be continuous.
- Encourage leveraging and matching grant opportunities from multiple funders.
- Support "seed" money opportunities for innovative projects.

While the Community Foundation of Plymouth 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 Plymouth, Michigan area
- Political organizations
- Existing obligations or debts/liabilities
- Individuals
- Issues that divide us, not unite us


Grants Application

Recent Grant Recipients

Plymouth Community Foster Closet - $1500 Community Foundation of Plymouth Community Fund

Plymouth Community Foster Closet is a volunteer run nonprofit that is dedicated to providing quality items for daily living for children of all ages who are in foster care. Grant will be used to putchase clothing, shoes, hygiene products, and car seats for children in area foster care.

YMCA - Plymouth - $2500 Siegrist Memorial Youth Fund

YMCA provides summer day camp, youth sports, Girls on the Run, and after school care. The grant would be used for Girls on the Run programming. It is a transformation physical activity based positve youth development program for girls in 3rd to 8th grade. It teaches life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event.

Courageous Kids - $1000 Siegrist Memorial Youth Fund

Courageous Kids helps kids and their families cope with serious medical conditions by providing positive distraction and family bonding  and emotional support. Grant money will provide family outings for families with seriously ill children.

Miracle League of Plymouth - $2500 Community Foundation of Plymouth Endowment Fund

Miracle League of Plymouth enriches the community by providing educational and social development through high quality recreation programs including baseball for individuals with special needs and their families. The grant funds toward replacement of playing surface.

New Hope Center for Grief Support - $2500 Summerlee Fund for Senior & Cultural Activities 

New Hope Center for Giref Support brings hope, healing and new biginnings to adults and children grieving the death of a loved one. Grant will be used for Next Step Grief Support Peer Groups: seminars and workshops with some designed for seniors.

Leo Rising - $2000 Community Foundation of Plymouth Endowment Fund

Leo Rising is a 501c3 nonprofit organization created to empower underserved communities through beauty and wellness. They also offer educational services in the Southeast Michigan. With this grant money licensed hairdressers will provide products, stying tools and instructions for varying hair types and textures for low-income children. Leo Rising is particularly targeting clients of Plymouth Foster Care Closet.

Creating Habitat for Pollinators Fund - $5000 Community Foundation of Plyouth Endowment Fund  

Plymouth Wildflower Plantings - Creating Habitats for Pollinators Fund. This project will plant ~90,000 sq. ft. of wildflowers (>2 acres) at several pre-selected locations in Plymouth, MI (zip code 48170) and on the grounds of Plymouth High School/PCEP. Site preparation and some planting will begin in fall, 2022. All plantings will be completed by April 2023. Creating Habitats for Pollinators (CHP) plants native wildflowers in North America to increase pollinator habitat and engage public and private communities about the importance of native landscaping. 

Friends of the Penn - $1200 Summerlee Fund for Senior & Cultural Activities

Friends of the Penn Technology Upgrade Project - upgrade computer system procure a PowerPoint projector, and replace assisted listening devices. Located in the heart of downtown Plymouth, the historic Penn Theatre seats 402 and offers a unique single-screen cinema experience featuring current second run movies, independent films, classic film festivals, free educational school field trips, community events and occasional live musical performances. The Penn Theatre is owned and operated by the Friends of the Penn, a federally recognized non-profit organization.

Personalized Nursing LIGHT House - $2750 Siegrist Memorial Youth Fund

Personalized Nursing LIGHT House- Housing Assistance program. To provide Recovery Housing to persons in recovery from substance use disorder. the housing is paid for by the local Prepaid Inpatient Health Plans (PIHP's) as part of their treatment program. After treatment ends, many clients still need the structure and support of recovery housing. For clients who struggled to pay recovery housing fees, request a special fund to pay up to 2 weeks for a client who applies for this financial assistance. $200 for two weeks of recovery housing for eligible clients who fall in this category of financial hardship. This fund will:  a) reduce the stress for clients in early recovery (stress which may lead to relapse), b) provide some stability and time for clients to secure employment/financial support, c) provide PNLH a mechanism to assist these clients. 

Plymouth Community Foster Closet - $2750 Siegrist Memorial Youth Fund

To provide clothing, hygiene items free of charge throughout care, extending through to reunification, adoption, or as a child ages out. PCFC commits to working with individuals, families, communities, and social service agencies to provide these items in a dignified, inclusive, and respectful manner. 

YMCA Plymouth - $5000 Community Foundation Plymouth Fund

The YMCA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit social services organization dedicated to Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility.The YMCA Plymouth has served youth and families in local community for many years. The Grant would support Girls on the Run and Stride Pogramming at YMCA Plymouth. Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-basedGirls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. The program reaches girls at a critical stage,strengthening their confidence at a time when society begins to tell them they can't. Underscoring the important connection between physical and emotional health. STRIDE encourages boys to exhibit excellence in character in all aspects of their lives, make healthychoices, and build confidence by leading them through a curriculum that incorporates fun activities and running.

Growth Works - $2600 - Sumerlee Fund for Seniors & Cultural Activities

Growth Works is a Human Services organization, providing a variety or services, specializing in Substance Use Treatment, Juvenile Justice/Case Management and Family Services. Their mission is to help individuals restore hope, embrace change, and improve their lives. Narcan (Naloxone) is a life saving treatment for individuals in an overdose. While police and fire can respond quickly, minutes matter which is why Growth Works is on a mission to train as many individuals on this life saving treatment and get it in the hands of everyone that needs it. It is a quicktraining on how to administer the nasal spray and it is accompanied by a powerful personal testament to the stigma and shame attached to addiction. The grant will be used to purchase the NARCAN kits to be distributed in the community.

Camp Casey - $2500 - Siegrist Memorial Youth Fund

Camp Casey is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides cost-free horseback riding programs to children diagnosed with cancer, rare blood disorders, and life-threatening illnesses in the state of Michigan. The mission ofCamp Casey is to provide safe and fun experiences for children and families affected by childhood cancer, rare blood disorders, and other life-threatening illnesses through accessible horseback riding programs. In 2021, Camp Casey's goal is to serve between twenty five (25) and thirty (30) families in Southeast Michigan with its Horsey House Call program. Support from the Plymouth Community Foundation at the $2,500 level would make this unique experience possible for a sick child and their family in the Plymouth Canton area.

University of Michigan, Dept of Psychiatry. - $82,000 - The Anthony G Sclabassi Memorial Fund 

The gift from the Anthony G. Sclabassi Memorial Fund will provide philanthropic support of mental health programs at the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry. A majority of the funds are ultimately going to be used to support innovative research in the prevention and treatment of depression, bipolar and other mood disorders

Courageous Kids, Inc. - $2500 - Siegrist Memorial Youth Fund

Courageous Kids sole purpose is to provide our courageous kids and their families opportunities for positive anticipation and distraction from medical issues and treatments, social interaction with kids and families in similar situations, and premium entertainment that families otherwise might not be able to afford. This grant will partially fund events for the 65 families Courageous Kids currently serves.

Plymouth Historical Society - $1500 - Summerlee Fund for Senior & Cultural Activities

The Plymouth Historical Society was given a caboose in 2019.  The caboose is not handicap accessible.  In order for all visitors to enjoy the caboose, the Historical Society will use this grant to produce a video documentary for all to learn the history of the caboose.

PARC - $1000 - Summerlee Fund for Senior & Cultural Activities

With all major art fairs, gallery opening, and performances cancelled, the artists at PARC have no way to show their work, or perform their music. The Side Door Gallery project would convert an existing 2,200-square-foot space into a gallery that is open to the public, where the visual artists can display and sell their artwork, and where musicians can perform in small groups. Some of the artists will have the abiity to demonstrate their work, such as glass blowing, painting, and making pottery. The Side Door Gallery will be open two Saturdays per month.

First Step - $3700 - Community Foundation of Plymouth Endowment Fund

It is imperative that First Step's staff are able to social distance from each other and clients, while maintaining confidentiality in the workplace. Along with adjusting their office space, the funds will be used to create individual toy/activity packages for children waiting during parent sessions and for use during children's counseling sessions. This will allow the staff to give the children something to keep them occupied but will remove the need to sanitize toys and the children will be able to take the packages home, thus, alleviating concerns of cross contamination. 

New Hope Center for Grief Support - $3700 - Community Foundation of Plymouth Endowment Fund

As a bereavement resource center in Northville, Michigan, New Hope's vision is that those who come through the program create a safe community for others in grief and change the way our culture views grief and loss.  This grant will allow New Hope to offer virtual first steps peer support as well as individual peer support for complicated grief due to losses from COVID-19.

Plymouth Canton Community Literacy Council - $1000 - Community Foundation of Plymouth Endowment Fund

The Plymouth Canton Community Literacy Council has been conducting tutor training sessions to train tutors to assist adults to increase their English literacy skills since 1985.  These funds will be used to comply with CDC guidelines to keep people safe and at the same time allow learning to continue.  Specialized face masks with a clear covering over the mouth will be purchased.  When teaching any foreign language, it is important that the student see how words are formed by an attention to the placement of the tongue and the formation of the mouth.

Rotary Club of Plymouth A.M. Foundation - $3700 - Community Foundation of Plyouth Endowment Fund

The Rotary Club of Plymouth A.M. has had a partnership with P-CCS's Infant and Preschool Special Education Program (IPSEP) for nearly 20 years working with staff to provide equipment and experiences for this special population at Allen School. In order for students to return to instruction with COVID-19, an additional outdoor space is needed.  This classroom will have five preschool outdoor picnic tables (two with wheelchair accessibility), a sand table, a locked storage cabinet, and teacher table and chairs. It will be colorfully painted and wheelchair accessible. 


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