Projects in the Community

Community Needs Surveys:

2012 Western Upper Peninsula Regional Health Assessment
2014 Keweenaw Community Foundation Youth Needs Survey
2015 Keweenaw Economic Development Strategic Plan
2015-19 Western Upper Peninsula Regional Prosperity Plan
2016-18 Copper Country Great Start Collaborative Strategic Plan

2016 Herman Gundlach Fund Grants

The Herman Gundlach Fund of the Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) has announced it will award $69,531.75 to 17 local organizations to fund projects addressing community needs. The individual grant amount ranges from $1,375 to $5,000.

The grant recipients are:

  • Omega House for continued funding for their Caring Hands Massage Therapy program.
  • Houghton Middle School, Keweenaw Invasive Species Management Area, and Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative for the Houghton Middle School Environmental & Sustainability Science project to increase participation and hands-on opportunities for 7th and 8th grade science students at Houghton Middle School.
  • Trap Rock 4-H Club and Calumet Art Center for the Club Youth Art Program to create and develop art activities for 22 youth ages 6-17.
  • Keweenaw Family Resource Center for the Strong Families Keweenaw project to provide families with young children opportunities that will increase their family wellbeing, knowledge to support the health of their children, and access to community resources.
  • Michigan Tech Fund for the Parade of Nations to serve the community with an innovative and unique international experience.
  • Superior School of Gymnastics and Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools to purchase a Tumbl Trak (Porta Trak) that is designed to prevent injuries and can be utilized at every age and level as well as for skill training in all gymnastics events.
  • Western Upper Peninsula Healthcare Access Coalition to facilitate access to quality, affordable oral health care to residents with limited income and a lack of dental insurance.
  • Copper Country Humane Society for SNAP (Spay/Neuter Assistance Program) to provide financial assistance to help spay and neuter animals in our community.
  • Keweenaw Heritage Center at St. Anne’s to augment funds for winterization, locks, and repairs to glass blocks in order to continue to provide a secure venue for the transmission of heritage activities and life events.
  • Canterbury House for the Food Pantry & Meals project to help alleviate hunger in our community.
  • Southern Keweenaw Trails for the Soke Trailhead & System Development project to purchase a trailhead map, trail intersection maps, picnic tables, grills, and trail maintenance supplies for the Greenland and Keweenaw Trails System.
  • Carnegie Museum for the “Music at the Museum” series to provide honoraria for performers and for refreshments for a series of five musical event fundraisers for the Museum.
  • U.P. Kids: Big Brothers Big Sisters in support of their High Five Mentoring program serving children and youth in the CLK School District.
  • Houghton MI Skatepark project to build a 3,200 sq. ft., professionally built concrete outdoor skatepark to provide a designated quality area to support the youth and adults that pursue skating and BMX cycling as a sport.
  • Swedetown Trails Club to replace major equipment needed to sustain and improve winter recreation trails at Swedetown.
  • Little Brothers—Friends of the Elderly to provide crucially-needed operational support for their supplemental firewood program which helps offset the high cost of heating during the winter for the elderly who still heat with wood.
  • Dial Help to sustain youth crisis and suicide intervention services.

Spring 2017 Kellogg Youth Funding:

$15,100 was awarded from the Kellogg Youth Fund to nine local organizations. These grants supported projects that benefited youth in grades 6-12 in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties.

The grant recipients were:

  • Calumet High School SADD Chapter to assist putting on the Do it for Daniel presentation about suicide prevention.
  • Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly for the Buds & Blossoms program, an intergenerational program designed to benefit local youth and the elderly.
  • The City of Hancock to purchase new fiberglass dasher fencing for the Laurn Grove ice rink.
  • Houghton Portage Schools to purchase safer equipment for the middle school weight room and fitness center.
  • Houghton County 4-H Council to support an archery club’s expansion for their own practice range.
  • Dial Help to assist funding their Mobile Response Team to continue offering on-site crisis interventions for local youth.
  • Western U.P. Health Department to hold Suicide Prevention Awareness Walk.
  • Copper Country ISD and the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative to fund Cultural Exploration experiences by providing admission to various local events.
  • Houghton Schools Robotics to fund Growing FIRST Tech Challenge in the U.P. which will allow for more teams to start up and local competitions to be held.

Fall 2016 Kellogg Youth Funding:

$12,402.48 was awarded from the Kellogg Youth Fund to seven local organizations. These grants supported projects that benefited youth in grades 6-12 in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties.

The grant recipients were:

  • Omega House to assist children & teens affected by grief and loss;
  • Houghton Middle School to help fund the Environment & Sustainability Science Project;
  • The Calumet Theatre’s All School Musical 2017;
  • SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps to help certify young workers supporting green collar jobs in Keweenaw County;
  • The Copper Country Intermediate School District’s (CCISD) Technology and Outdoor Learning Initiative; 
  • Houghton High School’s Gremlin Spirit Squad;
  • CCISD Student Leadership Committee’s Reach for the SKY Talent Show. 

Spring 2016 Kellogg Youth Funding:

$15,100 was awarded from the Kellogg Youth Fund to seven local organizations. These grants supported projects that benefited youth in grades 6-12 in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties.

The grant recipients were:

  • Finlandia University for “The Arts: An Exciting Career or Stress-Reduction Hobby?” program to show students different life paths in the arts.
  • Bay Cliff Health Camp to provide fun and therapeutic equipment for the new recreation center and help fund a new climbing wall.
  • Keweenaw Science & Engineering Festival to help host the second annual free high-impact STEM festival and to attract and educate area youth and the community.
  • Houghton Skatepark Project to help create a 3,200 sq. ft., professionally-built, concrete outdoor skatepark in Houghton.
  • Little Brothers—Friends of the Elderly to fund the “Sixth Graders and Seniors Together for Good” intergenerational program designed to forge meaningful relationships between youth and the elderly.
  • Calumet Theatre Co. to provide funding for youth and family movies for July and August, 2016 in Calumet.
  • City of Hancock—Laurn Grove Park to light the Laurn Grove Ice Rink with energy efficient, bright, and safe LED lighting.

Fall 2015 Kellogg Youth Funding:

$15,100 was awarded from the Kellogg Youth Fund to nine local organizations. These grants supported projects that benefited youth in grades 6-12 in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties.

The grant recipients were:

  • Student Leadership Committee of the Copper Country ISD to assist with funding the biannual Student Leadership Seminar to be held this spring.
  • Houghton High School Softball Booster Club to assist with funding a public batting cage.
  • Calumet High School Drama Club to implement the “Acting On It: Skills Development” program.
  • Copper Country Suzuki Association for professional music instruction for youth.
  • CCISD Health Careers to purchase materials for an “Age Gain Now Empathy System” suit to teach students the importance of empathy in their future careers and lives.
  • Dollar Bay Tamarack City Area Schools to upgrade science lab technology for a new hands-on modeling curriculum.
  • Great Lakes Recovery Centers Inc. to fund the “Houghton Voices” program that helps young women through self-discovery and empowerment.
  • Houghton Keweenaw County 4-H Council to develop, promote, and expand an archery club for area youth.
  • Calumet High School SADD Chapter to support the “Give Drugs the Boot!” boot hockey tournament.

2017 Keweenaw Cross Country Skiing Funding:

$2,586.14 was awarded from the Keweenaw Cross Country Skiing Fund to three local organizations. These grants supported projects that support skiing programs in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties.

The grant recipients were:

  • Swedetown Trails Club to assist with the purchasing of a new trail grooming snowmobile.
  • Copper Country Ski Tigers to help buy ski equipment to loan to their youth, development, and competition teams.
  • Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club to assist their project to buy a brush saw and safety helmets.

2016 Keweenaw Cross Country Skiing Funding:

$4,995 was awarded from the Keweenaw Cross Country Skiing Fund to three local organizations. These grants supported projects that support skiing programs in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties.

The grant recipients were:

  • Copper Country Ski Tigers for new race suite for the Competition Team.
  • Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club to assist with the purchasing of a trail grooming snowmobile.
  • Swedetown Trails Club to help with replacing major equipment needed to sustain and improve winter grooming.