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.
Scholarships & Grant Application Forms
COMMON SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATON INCUDES:
CAPS Alumni Association Scholarship
Sue Westhauser Memorial Scholarship
Orma and Kenneth Brodeur Scholarship
Helen and Harvey Pell Fund for Education Scholarship
Dr. Fredrick Mannion Scholarship – application by invitation of the Senior Class Counselor
Common Scholarship Application – click here
Paul McMullen Track & Field Memorial Scholarship Application – Wexford Missaukee ISD School District High school track and field performance results in the 1600 and/or 800 meter run.
Helen and Harvey Pell Fund for Education Scholarship – is available to current residents of the Wexford-Missaukee ISD area graduating from high school, have graduated from high school, obtained a GED, or college student may apply.
Workman Fund of Hope Scholarship – is available to current residents of the Wexford-Missaukee ISD area graduating from high school and Wexford Missaukee Career Technical Center students within the Wexford Missaukee Intermediate School District.
The Fund provides scholarships to eligible students who are attending their first or second year of a certificate program, a two-year or four-year college/university in the State of Michigan.
Kelly Ann Garcia Scholarship for the Performing Arts Application – is available to CAPS Seniors majoring in voice training at an accredited college or university, and/or students entering their junior or senior year attending music camps, academies, or musical tours for vocal music training.
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.
The David A. Cook Memorial Scholarship Fund for Civil & Environmental Engineering student at Michigan State University.
Any currently enrolled, second year or higher, civil & environmental engineering student at Michigan State University. Payment will go directly to the school attending.
Deadline for scholarships is July 15, 2022
2022 Youth Advisory Committee Needs Assessment Results: Click here
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.
Cadillac Area Men’s Giving Circle – click here for application
Cadillac Area Women’s Giving Circle – click here for 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
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.
You’re invited…..to make the gift of a lifetime.
You are invited to join the most generous and forward-thinking members of our community, by joining the Legacy Society of the Cadillac Area Community Foundation. Our Members all have made the commitment to support the future of our community through an estate gift to the Cadillac Area Community Foundation.
Volunteers are the Cornerstone of our Community Foundation.
A community foundation is a nonprofit organization that operates in a fiscally responsible manner so that resources can be most fully utilized to support their mission. For the Cadillac Area Community Foundation, this means utilizing the talents of volunteers to help power the organization.
Our Volunteer Board of Trustees take on tremendous responsibility. They are a voting Board with full authority and responsibility to develop policies, procedures and regulations for the operation of the organization; to monitor the organization’s financial health, programs and overall performance; and to provide the Executive Director with the resources to meet the needs of those the organization serves.
The Cadillac Area Community Foundation received over 65 Scholarship applications this past spring, and awarded over $37,000 in scholarships with the help of our Scholarship Committees.
Those applications were from students interested in studying in all areas; and they applied for Scholarship Programs which specialized in General Education, Graduate Studies, Elementary Education, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Performing Arts. Scholarship requirements varied and covered everything from educational achievements, income levels, civic involvement, extra-curricular participation, community volunteerism, overcoming adversity, and even good citizenship.
Mixing Passion with Purpose
Two years ago, a 10 year old boy, Riley Bigger, made a request of the Cadillac City Council. He asked what it would take for the City to install a wheelchair accessible swing at the playground on the Keith McKellop Walkway.
Riley came up with the idea when he was attending a church conference and saw parents lift children from their wheelchairs into swings. When he returned to Cadillac he was determined to see a type of swing added to the city park that is wheelchair accessible next to the ADA compliant playground. The City of Cadillac thought it was a good idea too, and so Riley began to fundraise for his project.
Young Volunteers: The Benefits of Community Service
Our youth are increasingly looking for opportunities to improve our community and school programs. Youth volunteerism builds discipline, respect for others, develops leadership skills, and interactions with students that they might not otherwise encounter. These youth volunteers are driven to give back to their community and school. Often, they enjoy engaging with adults.
The personal benefits of community service are very rewarding. Youth that are involved in community or school service groups are likely to have a strong work ethic, learn to manage their time, and less likely to get into trouble.
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.