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Latest Mini Grants Announced

The Board of Directors of United Way of Northeast Michigan approved mini grant funding totaling $10,820 for 13 non-profit agencies serving Alcona, Alpena and Montmorency Counties for the fall 2018 funding cycle.

In August, nonprofit organizations were invited to submit applications for mini grant funding to be used to meet community needs in at least one of four strategic areas:

Health – Healthy Eating and Physical Activity/ Healthy Violence-Free homes/ Healthy Chemical Dependent-Free Residents

Education – Quality Learning Experience/ School Readiness/ Quality Caregivers

Financial Stability – Employment/ Financial Empowerment

Basic Needs – Continuum of Care/ Access to Food

After reviewing the grant applications, United Way staff made recommendations to the Board of Directors which applications to fund. The following agencies were approved:

  1. 88th District Adult Drug and Alcohol Treatment Court received $920 for testing devices and bus passes for clients.
  2. Alcona Health Center received $1,000 for personal items to help underserved patients.
  3. Alpena Senior Center received $1,000 for the intergenerational Go For It!  program.
  4. Boys & Girls Club received $1,000 for the Dave Ramsey Teen Entrepreneur program.
  5. Chosen Ranch received $1,000 for meals and program material for youth group meetings.
  6. District Health Department No. 4 received $1,000 for the Girls on the Run program.
  7. District Health Department No. 4 Hearing Department received S1,000 for new school hearing equipment.
  8. Faith Outreach received $300 to purchase prison aftercare products for men.
  9. Girls on the Run Sunrise Side received $300 for building rental.
  10. Michigan Works! received $1,000 for support materials for job seekers.
  11. My Brothers Hope received $500 to purchase undergarments for low income adults and children.
  12. Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency (NEMSCA) received $800 for safety equipment and items for enrolled families.
  13. United Methodist Church Hearts to Home program received $1,000 to purchase inventory for its’ low-income clients.  

United Way of Northeast Michigan accepts applications for mini grants, from any 501c3 non-profit health and human care organizations twice a year, in March and August. Organizations can apply for up to $1,000. The next Mini Grant call for entries will take place in March 2019. An announcement will be made through media sources, including the United Way website ( and social media outlets.

In addition to the Mini Grant, United Way expects to distribute $217,000 to local partner agencies through its annual workplace giving campaign, which ends December 31.  

To support the campaign or for more information, contact the United Way of Northeast Michigan at (989) 354-2221,,  or visit their office at 701 Woodward Avenue (upper level of the APlex) in Alpena.