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The primary mission of the Cadillac Area Community Foundation is to develop a community-wide vehicle for permanent endowments to enhance the quality of life in the area and to establish and manage worthwhile endowed funds for the benefit of our community.

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The 3rd cycle of the TRUSTEE GRANT PROGRAM is currently open.  Applications are available on this website, or by calling the Foundation offices at 775-9911.  Because the deadline falls on a Saturday, applications must be received in the office on October 30 no later than 3pm, or via mail that is delivered by October 31.    No applications will be accepted after that date for the 3rd cycle.

When submitting your application electronically, please contact the Foundation at 231-775-9911 and verify that your application submission was received.

First time applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Foundation offices at 775-9911 and schedule a meeting prior to submitting your application.



The Ardis/Lueder Northern Lower Michigan Endowed Scholarship Fund is currently accepting applications.  Please contact Linda Kimbel at 231-775-9911 for a qualification determination and information on obtaining an application for this scholarship.

The Scholarship is used to support a student in a recognized dental program at the School of Dentistry at the University of Michigan and the School of Dentistry at the University of Detroit.  Preference may be granted to a student who is from, or demonstrates an interest in practicing in the Northern Lower Michigan counties of Wexford, Missaukee, or Osceola. Priority will be given to students in a post-graduate program. If no qualified applicants are available in a given year, graduate students may be considered pending fund assets. Preference would then be given to fourth and third year graduate students in descending order.




Through the generosity of local businesses and residents, the Free Food Pantry will continue through the summer months.  Located at 908 6th Street, in the Cadillac Distributing building, the Pantry takes place on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 2pm.  The Pantry continues to distribute food until it is gone, usually no later than 3:30.

The remaining summer dates are: July 2 and 16; and August 6 and 20.

No pre-authorization is required to participate.  Households (and individuals) who are at risk of food insufficiency are invited to bring a container capable of carrying up to 50 lbs of fresh foods, and to arrive no earlier than 1:45pm (gates are locked until then generally).  If a person is unable to attend but needs this service, a friend or relative can come up to the distribution site and pick up the food for them.

This Free Food Pantry is made possible in our community through the generosity and service of local citizens, businesses, the Rotary Club of Cadillac, Feeding America, and the Cadillac Area Community Foundation.  For further information about sponsoring a truck, or to volunteer to help with the Food Distribution, please contact the Foundation offices at  775-9911.


Grants Protecting Our Environment

Thanks to a $1,000 grant awarded by the Missaukee Area Community Foundation, (a component fund of CACF), and an $800 grant from the James & Michele Bernier Fund for the Environment, the Missaukee Area Conservation District was able to collect 15,132 pounds of CRTs, owned by community members, which were diverted from landfills and disposed of in a way that protects our beautiful environment! 

Old CRTs (cathode ray tube electronics), such as old tube televisions, projection televisions, and computer monitors,  contain many toxic components including 5 - 10 pounds of lead. 

Although generally safe when intact and in the home or office, broken CRTs can release lead into the environment. Improper
handling of lead often contributes to birth defects, cancer, kidney failure, learning disabilities, intellectual disability and behavioral
problems.  Lead is highly portable and can be transferred from person to person on clothing as well as through water and air.



The Foundation is pleased to announce that the Cadillac & Kellogg for Youth Committee and the Cadillac Area Women's Giving Circle have both awarded grants for the Cadillac Area Backpack Program.

These grant awards, totaling $6,844, are earmarked for use to expand the program to the YMCA Headstart/Great Start Program as well as students in need at Cooley School.

The Cadillac Womens Giving Circle's award of $4,444 will fund start up costs as well as two months of food.  The Youth Committee award of $2,400 will cover the  food costs for an additional month.

The Foundation has supported the Cadillac Area Backpack Program since 2012 with grants from the Cornerstone Fund, the Cadillac & Kellogg for Youth Fund, and the Cadillac Area Womens Giving Circle.


YAC Grants Support the Cadillac YMCA

The Cadillac Area YMCA have been awarded two (2) grants totaling $20,000 by the Cadillac & Kellogg for Youth Committee; an advisory committee to the Cadillac Area Community Foundation Board of Trustees.  These two grant awards will help fund  the new Tween Zone, and  free 7th Grade Youth Memberships for the 2015-2016 school year.   at the YMCA.

The Tween Zone grant will provide necessary financial assistance to fund the develompent of a new Tween Zone at the Cadillac Area YMCA.  Mike Kelso, Program Director at the Cadillac Area YMCA shared “The Tween Zone will provide fun, safe, supervised activities for 8-11 year olds allowing parents to have peace of mind as they pursue their own wellness goals.”  The Tween Zone will open in mid-September, Monday through Friday, from 4pm to 8pm.

The 7th Grade Youth Memberships grant will fund youth memberships to the Cadillac Area YMCA for any 7th grader student who attends classes within the Wexford-Missaukee ISD.  The grant provided by the Youth Advisory Committee expands this program which supports youth development. “Youth need a diversity of community assets to keep them engaged and help find their niche.  The YMCA is one of those assets that helps  youth stay engaged in positive, healthy living and youth development opportunities” says Dan Smith, CEO of the Cadillac Area YMCA, when asked why it was beneficial for 7th graders to be offered this opportunity.

For more information regarding 7th grade memberships or the new Tween Zone contact Paul King at the Cadillac Area YMCA at 231-775-3369 or visit their website www.cadillacareaymca.org


The National Standards Seal by our name indicates official confirmation from the Council on Foundations that we have met the most rigorous standards in philanthropy. It affirms our commitment to financial security, transparency and accountability. It says our grantmaking includes an open, competitive process designed to address the changing needs of our community. The National Standards Seal also confirms our history of honoring donors' wishes.

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