Northport Marina Mural, photograph by Jessie Zevalkink

Northport Marina Mural, photograph by Jessie Zevalkink

2018 Grants

assisting local nonprofits and area students

Founded in 1945, the Foundation awarded its first two grants for $100 each in 1946. We've come a long way since then!

The General Endowment Fund was the first fund created when the Leelanau Township Community Foundation was established in 1945. Grants using the interest from this endowment fund help local nonprofit organizations that sustain youth and elders, assist with education, health care, recreation and the arts.

We make additional grants from the funds we manage. In 2018, we made grants totaling at about $257,000.

Grants from the Foundation and the Youth Advisory Council were awarded to the following recipients:

Arts and Culture

  • Northport Performing Arts Center to help fund the Summer 2018 musical, “The Wizard of Oz.”.

  • Northport Village Voices to fund performance folders.

Community Initative

  • Leelanau Township, to help fund the relocation and signage for the Township recycling center, and to help fund the installation of an ADA restroom at the Omena Firehall.

  • Leelanau REACH to provide a portion of funding for the Vincer West affordable housing project.

  • ShareCare of Leelanau to support a volunteer-run senior ride service in Leelanau County, operated by ShareCare.

  • Northport Public School to help fund the 2018 Giving Tree.


  • Leelanau Children's Center to fund scholarships for Leelanau Township residents.

  • Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum to provide funding for the 2018 Northport Shipwreck Expedition.

  • Northport Public School to fund a winter camp experience for middle school students.


  • Village of Northport to fund the cost of sidewalk cost to defray storm water run-off into the bay.

  • Leelanau Township to help fund an engineering study of the Woolsey Airport Terminal Building.

Health & Wellness

  • Leelanau Township Emergency Services to purchase a LUCAS 3 Chest Compression.


  • Northport Youth Sailing School to fund 19 sailing scholarships.

  • Northport Public School to fund gym equipment for the school’s workout room.

  • Northport Public School to provide camperships to Shady Trails Summer Camp.

2018 Scholarships found on the 2018 Scholarship Recipients page.