Happy New Year from the Branch County Community Foundation!
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January 2018

In this edition:
Forever Fund Campaign Kickoff | Thank You to Southern Michigan Bank & Trust
Youth Grant Opportunities | Foster Care Enrichment Fund Donation 
Music Scholarships Available | Coldwater Decoration Fund
Forever Fund Campaign Kickoff

The Forever Fund Campaign is an exciting new initiative led by the Branch County Community Foundation. Our goal is to increase the amount of grant funds available to qualifying nonprofit agencies in the Branch County area. 

Our community is truly a treasure. The Forever Fund within the BCCF has a broad impact on the community because it awards grants for any project or program that improves the quality of life in Branch County and it supports the Community Foundation's work toward that goal. It is the only fund where distributions aren't restricted to a specific cause. The Forever Fund creates locally controlled assets for now and to meet emerging needs. 

YOU! Your business. Your civic organization. Your family. You can become involved in philanthropy! We have created an opportunity for every size and budget. Every dollar helps. 

Now. The Forever Fund Campaign is your opportunity to help your community. By joining us in this important initiative, you will become part of the BCCF family as we work together to build stronger communities. 

For more information about the Forever Fund Campaign, please see this flyer, visit our website, or give us a call today at (517) 278-4571. 
Donate to the Forever Fund Now
Music Scholarships Available
The ILE Music Scholarship Fund is now accepting applications.

The ILE Music Scholarship Fund was created by Irma Louise English’s children to honor her, a lifelong Branch County resident with a zest for life and a passion for music. Besides showing their love and respect for their mother, her family wanted to offer a chance for students to have a positive musical experience just like they did. All of her children attended summer music camps, which created happy, lifelong memories.

The fund is currently accepting applications for summer 2018. Students of music in Branch County will find applications for the scholarship on the Foundation’s website or by calling (517) 278-4517. Applications are due by January 31, 2018.

Music professionals from throughout the county will serve on the selection committee.

Donations to the fund are welcomed and former Branch County residents from as far away as Alaska make annual donations in honor of Irma and the English family.

For additional information, please contact us via email or by calling (517) 278-4517.
Thank You to Southern Michigan Bank & Trust
The Community Foundation would like to express our gratitude to Southern Michigan Bank & Trust for 20 years of providing beautiful and professional office space, and for being there from the beginning with financial gifts, business tools, and continuous dedication to helping us make a positive impact on the lives of people

Colleen Knight, the CEO and president of the Community Foundation.

Youth Grant Opportunities

Do you know of a nonprofit or have a community project that may need some funding?

Our Youth Related and Youth Advisory Council (YAC) Grant Cycle is now open. Applications must be submitted by January 31, 2018.

Grant applications and instructions can be found by visiting our website.

Foster Care Enrichment Fund Donation

On December 15, the Branch County Community Foundation received a check for $3,000 for the Foster Care Enrichment Fund. 

The Branch County Association of REALTORS® (BCAR) held their annual auction which helped raise over $9,000. During their annual Christmas party on November 30, 2017, the Branch County Community Foundation's Foster Care Enrichment Fund was selected as one of the recipients of a $3,000 gift.

Colleen Knight and Mike Tighe received the donation on behalf of BCCF.

Read more about this donation and the Foster Care Enrichment Fund on our website

Coldwater Decoration Fund

One of the funds the Community Foundation holds that becomes quite visible this time of year is the Coldwater Decoration Fund. Established in 2001 as part of a community fundraising campaign, many of the decorations you see today were purchased then.  
The Coldwater Board of Public Utilities spends between $6,000 - $7,000 annually checking and relamping all of the displays and within the past few years transitioned them to LED bulbs.  The City of Coldwater also refurbished the 17 ft Santa Claus that greets visitors at the four corners park and the two wreaths hanging from the Henry L Brown Building.  

As the now 16 year old decorations begin to wear and require maintenance or replacement, the fund is accepting donations to help keep Coldwater festive during the holiday season.  

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