Mission:  The Cadillac Area Community Foundation enhances the quality of life for all people of our community through philanthropy – connecting donor gifts with the needs in our community.

Spring Grants announced:
Cadillac Area Silent Observer | $800 | Permanent Community Poster Displays
City of Cadillac | $10,000 | Shay Showcase
 Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes | $1600 | Inspiring Bright Tomorrow
 New Hope Shelter (New Hope Center) | $10,000 | New Facility
 Wexford County Historical Society | $10,000 | Window Restoration Project

Congratulation to our 2020/2021 Leadership Learning Lab Participants:
Caitlyn Berard | Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce
Chris Crawley | New Hope Center
Tim Florinki | Up North Arts
Amy Gibbs | Wexford—Osceola Habitat for Humanity
Heather Harris Jensen | Missaukee County Council on Aging
Laura Marion | Ardis Missaukee District Library
Shirley Petersen | Healing Private Wounds

The Leadership Learning Lab is a nine-month program designed to support non-profit leaders to help build a strong foundation for their organization.

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The Cadillac Area Community Foundation enhances the quality of life for all members of our community through philanthropy – connecting donor gifts with the needs of our community.

Important News & Application Forms


2021 Updates

Imagination Library July 2021 |  Monthly Cost: $3889 | 1931 Children Receiving Books 

The Cadillac Area Women’s Giving Circle awards five grants, totaling $20,781 to local non-profits that support programs and projects for women and girls.

Life Resources of Northern Michigan, INC for a Spanish Parenting Program, Love, Inc of Wexford and Osceola Counties for Women’s Fresh Start Project, New Hope Center Women’s Wing, Wexford-Missaukee ISD/Imagination Library Book Program, and Wexford Osceola Habitat For Humanity for their Brush for Kindness Program.

The Cadillac Area Women’s Giving Circle is building a community of philanthropists and creating a permanent legacy to address the needs of women and girls of the Greater Cadillac Area.  The group is financially committed to making a difference in the lives of community women and girls in need.

The Women’s Giving Circle is a Field of Interest Fund held with the Cadillac Area Community Foundation and has granted over 195,000 since 2009.  Grants are awarded annually to creative solutions to the critical needs of women and girls in our community.  Applications are due March 1 and can be found at cadillacareawomensgivingcircle.org.

DENTAL SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE

The Ardis/Lueder Northern Lower Michigan Endowed Scholarship Fund supports a student in a recognized dental program at the School of Dentistry at the University of Michigan or the University of Detroit.  Preference would be granted to a student who is from Wexford, Missaukee, or Osceola Counties.  Qualified students in the post-graduate, fourth, and third-year program.  Payment will go directly to the school attending.

Letter of intent and College Transcript due by June 30, 2021, to:

Cadillac Area Community Foundation
201 North Mitchell Street, Suite 101
Cadillac, Michigan 49601

cacf@cadillacfoundation.org

Veterans Fund of Wexford and Missaukee Counties accepts applications for Emergency Needs all year long.  Click  Guidelines and application information or by calling the Foundation offices at 231-775-9911.

Youth Grant Applications are accepted from September through May.  Click Guidelines and an application. 

CACF Trustee Grant Applications cycle deadlines:  February 28, June 30, & October 31.  Click Guidelines and application. 

 You can view all of our Grant Making and Scholarship Deadlines by clicking on the “Deadlines” Tab at the top of this page.



Executive Director’s Blog

March 2018

March is Reading Month— When a Community is dedicated to young readers!

In June 2013, a group of business professionals decided to bring a very special program to our community called the Dolly Pardon’s Imagination Library.  The donation of $20,000 from a local manufacturer launched the program.

Today, Dolly Pardon’s program spans four countries and mails over 1 million books each month to children around the world.  In participating communities, parents can sign up for the program at no cost, to receive a monthly delivery of a book for their child until they are of age to enter kindergarten.

Participating communities demonstrate their dedication to young readers by making donations to fund the program.  Local businesses, nonprofit organizations, foundations, and citizens all donate to the program so that the books are sent at no cost to families.  100 percent of the donations go toward the purchase of books.

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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.