ISHPEMING — Several non–profit organizations throughout Marquette County received a financial boost today, courtesy of the Western Marquette County Health Foundation’s spring grant cycle.
The foundation awarded nine different organizations a total of $23,600 in grant money. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marquette and Alger Counties and Partridge Creek Farm were the big recipients, each taking home a check for $5,000.
Each organization that received a grant had to apply for the funds. Board member Korri Tossava says the grant process is very competitive.
“This cycle we had the most applicants. We had well over 20,” said Tossava. “When we break it down, we’ve got 20 to 30 organizations applying for funds and we had over $200,000 in requests.”
Teaching Family Homes received a $2,500 check that will go towards helping train instructors to use their ropes course that was just installed last year.
“The money we received today literally puts us over the top,” said Rich Rossway of Teaching Family Homes. “Once they certify that course and certify our workers, that course is going to be open for business and we’re looking forward to engaging the entire community and really providing a real unique experience that no one’s really ever seen in Marquette County.”
The health foundation funds programs that serve people in Ishpeming, Negaunee and nine townships in the county. They’ve awarded approximately $200,000 in grants and donations the last two years.
The next competitive grant cycle deadline is October 1st.