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Looking at the Road ahead….
We invite you to join our Legacy Society in giving back to the community we all love. You can support the arts, books for children, assist Veterans, enrich education, promote community development, foster a stronger community… we want you to tell us what is important to you.
Your planning today will benefit our community for generations to come! We value and appreciate all gifts.
For additional information about becoming a member of our Legacy Society, please contact the Foundation at 231-775-9911.

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


2022 Updates

2022 Youth Advisory Committee Needs Assessment ResultsClick here 

New Funds in 2021/2022
*Cadillac Area Men’s Giving Circle 
*Brian Gaylord Scholarship Fund (Lake City)
*John Budde, Sr. & John “Sean” Budde, Jr. Memorial Scholarship for
Student-Athletes  in Manton Area Public Schools (Manton)
**Trust of Clark A. Riddell Healthcare and Patient Assistance in Wexford   
     County Field of Interest Fund
*Paul McMullen Track & Field Scholarship Fund

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

June 2018

Scholarship Season!

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.

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May 2018

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.

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April 2018

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.

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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.