Recent Awards

Early Childhood/Literacy

We are committed to ensuring that every child is ready to enter kindergarten and is provided with a nurturing and safe childhood. To that end, we fund numerous avenues for early literacy, safety education, and other programs to make sure children are ready to succeed.

  • Luther Public Library – preschool story hour
  • Little Horses Big Smiles- Reading with Charlie summer reading program
  • Newaygo County Day Care Corporation- school bus child safety seats


Committed, nurturing, and loving parents are not a guarantee in this world. But they are a necessity for healthy, well developed children who are ready to learn.

  • Catholic Charities of West Michigan- Healthy Families program
  • Catholic Charities of West Michigan – Teen Parent program
  • Newaygo County Prevention of Child Abuse – Period of Purple Crying program

Education (STEM)

Not limited to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education – we prefer to focus on Strategies That Engage Minds.

  • Scholarships for the FFA Washington Leadership Conference
  • Newaygo County 4-H- Adult and Teen Leader Conference
  • Centro for Latino Studies- Promesa Avancemos in Oceana County
  • Michigan State University – scholarships for Osteochamps program

Health/Nutrition/Dental Care

Good health and dental care are as important for learning as they are for growth and development of children. To this end, grants are made to institutions to help improve the care or expand services for children.

  • The Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan- Be Nice Program
  • Fremont Lions Club- Students in Need of Eyecare program
  • Northwest Michigan Health Services – dental equipment purchase

Life Experience

There are some general youth programs that have been a part of the Foundation’s interest since the establishment of the Foundation. These provide opportunities for children to experience things outside of their normal activities. Support includes camp scholarships, the local Agricultural fair, a variety of TrueNorth Community Services activities including Children’s Christmas, Coats for Kids, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

  • Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp- camp scholarships
  • Camp Newaygo – camp scholarships
  • Rose Lake Youth Camp – camp scholarships
  • TrueNorth Community Services- various youth programs