ALPENA – Iosco County Community Foundation (ICCF) recently awarded eight new grants totaling $14,807 to area nonprofits for programs and projects that benefit Iosco County through its Community Improvement Grant program.

“Through several different funds at ICCF, we’re able to put funding toward some great projects that affect our communities. We had some really tough decisions to make on applications this year,” said ICCF Board President Tony Johnson. “Several of these grants reflect the importance of addressing issues at their root causes, and support projects which aim to do that.”

New grants approved on May 22 by the ICCF Board of Directors include:

• Pegasus Springs Therapeutic Riding Center was awarded $4,940 to kick start Project Pegasus, a therapeutic riding program for children and adults with cognitive, physical and emotional disabilities.

• FISH, Inc. Oscoda was awarded $2,530 for the Bridges Out of Poverty community training program.

• Develop Iosco was awarded $1,000 for the Iosco Think Tank.

• Oscoda Area First Responders was awarded $1,000 to support training expenses for new medical first responders.

• City of Whittemore was awarded $1,837 to help fund improvements to Whittemore’s arena and grounds.

• Tawas Braves Booster Club was awarded $500 for the Sunrise Solstice Arts and Music Festival.

• Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association was awarded $2,000 for the Northern Michigan Alzheimer’s and Dementia Education Initiative.

• First Baptist Church of Tawas City was awarded $1,000 for the purchase of a new freezer for its meal program.

Community Improvement grants for 2019 were awarded from the Iosco County Community Improvement Fund, the Iosco County Health Care Initiative Fund, the Iosco County Spendable Tobacco Settlement Fund and the Iosco County Arts and Humanities Fund.

The next deadline for grant opportunities through ICCF is with the Youth Advisory Council grant. Applications are due Feb. 1, 2020. The Iosco County YAC is particularly interested in funding projects and programs that address stress and mental health issues for their fellow youth and families. Nonprofits, schools, churches (for non-religious purposes) and government agencies interested in applying for a Youth Advisory Council grant can access the application form and criteria at www.iccf-online.org. Those with questions or needing assistance with the application process can contact the ICCF office at 877-354-6881.