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Canton Youth Advisory Council Grant Application

Canton Youth Advisory Council Grant Application

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

Healthy Youth & Healthy Senior Grant

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

Long Covid - Lunch & Learn

Long Covid - Lunch & Learn

Surviving Long Covid Lunch & Learn was held on 11-9-22, hosted by Local Impact Alliance.
Here is the link to the recording of the session. Dr. Bloom was kind enough to answer the questions of the attendees and provide some very useful information.
Most people with Covid-19 won't become severely ill and will often recover within weeks of illness. But even a mild infection can cause Long Covid. And with the high transmissibility of certain variants - which often results in milder disease outcomes - many people may be concerned about developing Long Covid.
Below are dates and topics of upcoming Lunch & Learns sessions.
Registration is always free just bring something to eat and feed your mind with new knowledge.
Future Lunch & Learn Topics:
• December: Preventing Financial Fraud on Seniors  12-14-22
• January: How Public Radio Is Filling the Local News Gap  1-18-23
• February: The Civility Project  2-7-23


Chili Cook Off!

Chili Cook Off!

Chili Cook Off!!
When the weather cools down and the campfire gets going, there’s no better comfort food than chili to warm your soul and make it a perfect night.
Every October, when autumn starts to chill our bones, break out the bread bowls and warm up with Chili.
Date - 10-16-22
Time - 10:30 - 1:30 pm
Venue - Preservation Park
             550 N Ridge Rd
             Canton, MI 48187
This Fundraiser will support the Canton Cares Fund at Canton Community Foundation, part of Local Impact Alliance. It will support Canton community by providing financial assistance for disaster relief, therapeutic recreation, youth and senior programs.
Tickets are $10 for ages 13 and older and $5 for 12 and under. Tickets are available for purchase on site or by scanning the QR code or at link here
30th Jack Demmer Golf Outing 6-15-22 pictures

30th Jack Demmer Golf Outing 6-15-22 pictures

For the 30th year, the Canton Community Foundation hosted its annual golf outing.  And once again this year we partnered with the Canton Police to provide funding to the Canton Police Benevolence Fund.  

This fund supports not only the families of fallen and injured officers, but it also provides scholarships to local students and provides aid to local families struggling with basic human needs.  

By supporting the Annual Jack Demmer Ford Golf Outing, you support our community!

Thank you to  Chief Sponsors Jack Demmer Ford and the Denski Family, to the Staff and Board of Canton Community Foundation, the golfers and event sponsors for it a great success.  

Thanks Kari Klavon for taking these beautiful pictures!

Please enjoy the shots and see you all next year!!

Congratulations Class of 2022 Scholarship Winners!

Congratulations Class of 2022 Scholarship Winners!

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. 

Our online scholarship application opens in early January and remains open until mid-March.  Scholarships recipients are notified in May; and funds are sent directly to schools for the fall semester.
We are pleased to announce the winners of 2021 Scholarships.

A description of each scholarship offered through the Canton Community Foundation can be read here


Canton Community Foundation Scholarship for 2022
Scholarship Winner
Barbara Church Rodenberg Scholarship

Julia Burgess

Barbara Ann Romano

Kyle Bolyard

Canton Soccer Club

Katherine Ruffner

  Megan Wu
  Ohm Patel
  Lauren Sourbeck
Fred Thomann Memorial Scholarship

Ella Walden

Elizabeth Durack Scholarship Ericka Tucci
  Dawn Isby
Dustin Piepsney Memorial Scholarship

Reagan Moran

Marvin Schulz Memorial Scholarship - U/M

Jayden Joy

Marvin Schulz Memorial Scholarship - EMU

Carol Detary

 Meredith Whalen Memorial Scholarship

 Amelia Troung

 Jack Demmer Ford Scholarship

 Hailey Deptula

 Jack Demmer Ford - "Trade"

 Dawn Isby

 CCF/Penelope Hope Klei

 Katherine Ruffner

 Heather Nicole Hill Memorial Scholarship  Celeste Anderson
   Shannon Churchwell
   Amteshwar Kaur
 R K Bhama MD Memorial Scholarship

 Delaney Morrin

 Bonnie Berg Memorail Scholarship

 Deborah Abodunrin

 Hagbard Berg Memorial Scholarship

 Abigail Dipple

John Kelly Wheately Scholarship 

 Lily Bird

 Robert Loyd Memorial Scholarship  Donald Liveoak

 Lisa Luecke

 Livonia Firefighters Scholarship  Erica Molnar
  Alejandro Ordaz
 Eve Grigg Memorial Scholarship  Madelyn Laskowski
   Coleton Taylor
 Marjorie & Doanld Treadwell Scholarship  Daniel Heiman
Linda Hutchinson Scholarship  Jayanthi Sree Anila


Patricia Maurer created this scholarship fund in memory of her son, Jason Russell Maurer. These scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors and those who just completed their freshman year of college and who attend Woodside Bible Church - Troy Campus. This scholarship requires that the applicant attend Woodside Bible Church regularly and have documented community service. Scholarships may be awarded to those attending any college, university or trade school.

The list of awardees is below

Jason Russell Maurer Memorial Scholarship Margaret Curd
  Annie Fisher
  Caleb Flosky
  Kyler Gerrard
  Gabrielle Jones
  Alex Kirschmann
  Lauren Kolodsick
  Josh Kubik
  Olivia Kubik
  Caitlin Luca
  Hailey Nichols
  Gracelyn Philip
  Chloe Putnam
  Emma Sawdon
  Andrew Schmidt
  Alison Schoonover
  Olivia Seventko
  Autumn Simon
  Gideon Smith
  Mason Solecki
  Miranda Solecki
  Joel Stirnemann
  Luke Sumner
  Taylor Trenta
  Sophia Walker
  Olivia Weaver
  Allison Wei
  Nancy Xu


Lunch & Learn Series

Lunch & Learn Series

Local Impact Alliance Announces New “Lunch and Learn” Series

Monthly series will highlight community leaders in an informal, “brown bag” setting

In partnership with the Canton Community Foundation, the Local Impact Alliance (LIA) is proud to announce its’ “2022 Lunch and Learn Series.”  The goal of this series is to foster community discussion on issues of importance to Canton, Plymouth, Westland, and Van Buren. 

“Our area is full of talented people doing interesting things.  We wanted to showcase those people and give our residents a chance to learn and get engaged," said moderator David Hammond, Vice Chairman of the Canton Community Foundation.

Each session will begin at 11:30 am and will be hosted in the 1st floor boardroom of the Canton Township Administration Building, 1150 S Canton Center Rd, Canton, MI 48188.  


Brenda 1May 18th – “Growing Native Plants for Our Caterpillars, Butterflies and Moths"

Brenda Dziedzic is on a mission to strengthen native butterfly populations.  Dziedzic is an award-winning Master Gardener, author, and expert on raising butterflies. She is the author of Raising Butterflies in the Garden, co-founder and president of the Southeast Michigan Butterfly Association (SEMBA), and founder of Westland's “Brenda’s Butterfly Habitat," a public greenhouse that houses butterflies native to Michigan and their host plants. Follow her efforts on Facebook at: Learn About Butterflies in the Garden. Dziedzic's talk will focus on what individuals can do to encourage butterfly populations in their own yards.  Copies of her book available for purchase.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS FREE EVENT


 brookeJune 1st Bridging the Student and Employers Gap Through 'Future Fit' – Brooke Franklin

Brooke Franklin is the Founder and President of Adaptive Creative Solutions, Inc. Previously, she served as the Business Development Recruiter, Director of the Detroit Board Fellowship Program, and Director of K-12 Strategic Partnerships for the Detroit Regional Chamber for over nine years. In addition, Brooke served as the Director of Workforce and Talent for the Canton Chamber of Commerce.  

Please stay tuned to Local Impact Alliance to get more details on speakers and dates of registration.

Created to strengthen and promote organized philanthropy in the Western Wayne County (MI) communities of Plymouth, Westland, Canton, and Van Buren, the Local Impact Alliance (LIA) is a partnership of three community foundations and several local community programs.  Founding members of the LIA include the Canton Community Foundation, the Community Foundation of Plymouth, the Westland Community Foundation, Giving Hope and Eagles for Children.

Have a suggestion for a future “Lunch and Learn” speaker? Call or email David Hammond at 734-862-1928 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Future Fit

Future Fit



Today’s workforce has dramatically changed, leaving employers to rapidly adjust to “creative” processes for attracting the right people to their business.

In order to compete, businesses must consider innovative programs that help them construct a talent pipeline of high-quality employees.

The Canton Chamber and the Local Impact Alliance have teamed up to launch FUTURE FIT.

This cutting-edge program prepares students (grades 10-12) to enter the workforce by directly connecting them to employers.



  1. Consult with Future Fit Director to determine your workforce challenges and expectations.
  2. Work with Future Fit Director to design a realworld experience that provides student exposure to your operations.
  3. Interview Future Fit Scholars to determine best fit for your business.
  4. Train, develop and manage your Future Fit Scholar and provide a meaningful opportunity to fill your talent needs. Work to maximize the opportunity for them to become a full-time employee.


To engage in the Future Fit program, contact the Canton Chamber at 734-453-4040 or email Brooke Franklin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



One of the best feelings in the world is giving. The positive energy is contagious.
With just one act of kindness, you can inspire others to go out and plant seeds of happiness through giving, too.
Your greatest gift is the ability to share your blessings; it’s what makes life meaningful.
Please GIVE generously on #GivingTuesday2021
Give the Gift of Comfort and Joy!


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