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11-30-21 is Giving Tuesday

11-30-21 is Giving Tuesday

Every year, on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, people take the time to kick off the holiday season by giving back to their community.

Whether it is donating money to a charitable cause or volunteering, Giving Tuesday is a day set to benefit the community.

On #Giving Tuesday charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

Chili Cook Off for Canton Cares Fund

Chili Cook Off for Canton Cares Fund

October is National Chili Month.
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 National Chili Month.

What better way to celebrate then to make it a fundraiser for our community.

This Fundraiser will support the Canton Cares Fund at Canton Community Foundation, which supports Canton community by providing financial assistance for disaster relief, therapeutic recreation, youth and senior programs.

Scan the bar code to purchase your tickets.

12th Annual Veterans Summit in partnership with Legal Help for Veterans held at Village Arts Factory

12th Annual Veterans Summit in partnership with Legal Help for Veterans held at Village Arts Factory

Canton Community Foundation successfully completed the 12th Annual Veterans Summit in Partnership with Legal Help for Veterans at Village Arts Factory.

This year's event was a question-and-answer session with local veterans experts. Topics included 

  • Medical claims
  • Disability benefits
  • PTSD claims
  • Hearing loss
  • Appeals
  • Burial benefits
  • and more!


It was a free event. Thank you to the board of Partnership for Arts and Humanities and Canton Chamber of Commerce for the support and help. The event was livestreamed on Zoom and Facebook.

The beautiful setting of Cut Short Memorial made the event perfect.

Remembering and Honoring Meredith Whalen on 20th Anniversary of 9/11.

Remembering and Honoring Meredith Whalen on 20th Anniversary of 9/11.

Meredith Lynn Whalen, 23, was originally from Canton. A graduate of Salem High School in Plymouth-Canton schools and U-M, she became a research assistant for Fred Alger Management on the 93rd floor of the north tower.
Whalen grew up in Canton, Mich., where she developed a love of horses and riding. Her ultimate dream was to own a horse farm in Kentucky, though her short-term goal was to become a portfolio manager.
Whalen competed on the cross-country and swimming teams at Plymouth-Salem High School. After graduating with honors, she attended the University of Michigan in nearby Ann Arbor, graduating in 2000 with a degree in business.
Whalen got a taste of the investment field by working at Goldman Sachs in London during the summer before her senior year. But she wanted to work for a smaller firm where she thought she would receive more personalized training.
She was recruited to work in New York by David Alger, a co-owner of Fred Alger Management. He was among 35 employees of the firm who died in the terrorist attack.
Meredith Whalen Memorial Scholarship Fund at Canton Community Foundation was started by her family.
This scholarship was created in memory of Meredith Whalen. This scholarship is available to all female students graduating from the Plymouth-Canton Community School District who plan to attend any college or university majoring in business.
Farmers Market Canton

Farmers Market Canton

National Farmers Market Week
August 1-7, 2021
Let’s celebrate Farmers Markets! National Farmers Market Week is a great opportunity to show the nation how much value markets bring to their communities.
Beth Meade, President/CEO of Local Impact Alliance helping with sowing at Canton Historical Farm. The produce from this farm is donated to Open Door ministries.
Plymouth and Canton both have great Farmers Market.
Canton Farmers Market
500 N. Ridge Road
Canton, MI 48187Wayne
(734) 394-5375
Farmers Market Hours
Start Date: 05/09 - End Date: 10/17
Sunday : 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Plymouth Community Farmers Market 2021
Saturdays, May 8 - October 23, 8am - 12:30pm
760 Penniman Avenue, Plymouth, MI 48170
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Healthy Youth and Healthy Senior Grants

Healthy Youth and Healthy Senior Grants

Grants made for 2021 from Healthy Youth Healthy Seniors Fund at Canton Community Foundation.
In 2000, as a result of a national tobacco settlement, CCF 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.
This year $12,000 is granted out to the following programs:-
1. $5000 New Hope Center for Grief Support.
New Hope Center for Grief, $5,000 This grant would support a
summer camp for kids grieving the death of a parent, sibling,
family member or friend. The grant would help expand
capacity for this camp to be able to support 75 grieving
2. $3500 First Step
This grant would enable First Step to install a security alarm
and camera system for the First Step Plymouth office. This
grant would support infrastructure investment for the First
Step Plymouth office, as perpetrators of domestic violence or
sexual assault can sometimes be dangerous and threatening.
3. $3500 Plymouth YMCA
This grant would provide aid, allowing 50 children to attend 1
week of Day Camp and support families as they return to
work. As an impact of COVID-19 more families are requesting
financial assistance due to reduced or lost income throughout
the past year.
To get more information about Granting cycle of Canton Community Foundation and recent grants, please click on the link


Scholarships Awarded!!

Scholarships Awarded!!

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
Scholarship   Winner
Barbara Church Rodenberg    Lydia Kim
Canton Clerk   Nimah Azam
    Safiya Uzhunnan
Canton Soccer Club   Andrew Memmer
    Logan Hammond
    Charlotte Steglitz
    Ethan Gross
Canton Police   Rebecca Carnes
Cherry Hill Scholarship   Mar Kliczinski
    Ian Penny
Fred Thomann   Emma Brenny
Elizabeth Durack   Mary Kliczinski
Denski Family   Alexis Miller
Dustin Piepsney   Emerson Voss
Marvin Schulz Memorial   Lydia Kim
Meredith Whalen Memorial   Alice Quin
Gene & Jane Overholt Kiwanis   Aarya Kulshrestha
Erin Ryan Kiwanis   Lydia Kim
Jack Demmer Ford   Tess Carichner
CCF/Penelope Hope Klei   Kalena Wingrove
Heathe Nicole Memorial   Kane Pryor
R.K.Bhama MD Memorial   Isabella Volkers
Robert Loyd Memorial   Elizabeth Jackson
    Mariel Luecke
Livonia Firefighters Scholarship   Abbey Curtis
    Andie Klisz
Eve Grigg Memorial Scholarship   Dante Knarian
    Katey Krohn
Marjorie & Donald Treadwell   Marina Rensi
Linda Hutchinson Scholarship   Samantha Green
Jason Russell Maurer Memorial   Carly Allen
    Lily Batey
    Hanna Bendert
    Ellie Bossenberger
    AJ Fillmore
    Sarah Fisher
    Ethan Flosky
    Erika Head
    Ana Hernandez
    Audrey Jett
    Alex Kirachmann
    Josh Kubik
    Olivia Kubik
    Hannah Kuczynski
    Emma Moore
    Alicia Perkins
    Jeremy Putnam
    Zoe Sawdon
    Alison Schoonover
    Kaeley Sells
    Mason Solecki
    Elena Toomajian
    Chloe Upton
    Allison Wei
    Nancy Xu
Music in the Park

Music in the Park

How about some live music to enjoy in your neighborhood park with your family and friends!

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Canton Community Clean Up

Canton Community Clean Up

On Saturday, May 15, 2021, Community Clean Up Day in Canton Township at Griffin Park organized by Habitat for Humanity. The grant was made by the Canton Police Benevolent Fund at Canton Community Foundation.
Thank you to our wonderful volunteers representing Canton Township Police, residents from Canton, Belleville, Woodhaven, Royal Oak, as far away as South Lyon & Habitat for Humanity WWC Partner Families.
They cleaned up the entire area of the park behind the Canton Post Office, and one project for a resident in the neighborhood of digging and mixing dirt and mulch.

We can do wonderful things when we come together as a community!

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