Western Marquette County Health Foundation accepting grant applications

Courtesy:  Western Marquette County Health Foundation

The Western Marquette County Health Foundation, previously known as the Bell (Hospital) Foundation, is pleased to announce they are accepting their first round of grant applications.   The Foundation is dedicated to providing funding for health and wellness solutions for the communities within Western Marquette County.  This includes, but is not limited to, the programs addressing the following Critical Health Indicators of the region (2010).

  • Chronic Disease Education: Diabetes, Asthma, Arthritis, Cancer, Heart Disease
  • Mental Health and Social & Emotional Support
  • Prenatal Health
  • Health and Wellness
  • Obesity
  • Un-or under-insured, primarily children

The Western Marquette County Health Foundation will prioritize funding based on programs that serve individuals in a specific geographic area, which is defined as the two cities (Ishpeming & Negaunee) and ten townships (Ishpeming, Negaunee, Ely, Republic, Michigamme, Tilden, Republic, Champion, Humboldt, Richmond).  The foundation will accept grants for programs that benefit the population of Marquette County and the Upper Peninsula, as well . Grant size varies based on request, however the average size is expected to range from $1,000-$10,000.  Multi-year grants will be accepted.

The Western Marquette County Health Foundation was created upon the completion of the sale of Bell Hospital.  Since its transition in 2013, the foundation has provided funding to area school districts (Ishpeming, Negaunee, NICE and Republic/Michigamme) for student health and wellness programs.  The Foundation also partnered with the YMCA of Marquette County through their annual Head to Head Bike Race (previously known as the Bell Bike Race) to raise approximately $2,500 for YMCA Scholarships.  In addition, the foundation has committed a 1:1 matching grant for the Upper Peninsula Diabetes Outreach Network Swim Teal Lake Benefit for Diabetes in July 2014.  For every dollar raised by each swimmer, the foundation will match one dollar.

To obtain a copy of the funding guidelines and grant application you may call (906) 204-2395, email grants@wmqtcountyhealthfoundation.org or visit their office at 910 US 41 West, Ishpeming, MI 49849.  For more information on the Western Marquette County Health Foundation you can find them on Facebook.

Grant applications are due June 30.