GMACF Awards $55k to Local Nonprofits

The Greater Milan Area Community Foundation awarded over $55,000 to nonprofits in the 48160 zip code as a result of their 2020 grant season. Funds were made available to most of the requests that poured in during the annual open window of grant applications, with an equal spread between community support and development as well as school programming and youth-focused initiatives.


Virtual music program supplies, playground safety equipment, and social justice educational materials are just some of the ways grant money will support Milan children’s programs. The community-at-large will benefit from plans such as new audiobooks at the Milan Library and renovation efforts in Tolan Square, at the heart of downtown Milan.


A special thank you to three private fundholders within the GMACF umbrella: The Fayne & Joanne McGovern Milan Youth Fund, the Armitage/Brainard Milan Beautification Endowment Fund, and the Donald E. Harkness Community Enrichment Endowment Fund. Together they contributed more than $5000 toward grants this year, benefiting school supply needs, historical society maintenance, and an upcoming community garden space within the Aid in Milan organization.


Todd Schultz – trustee and grant chairman – explained, “Since 2006, the first year grants were given until now, 2020, the GMACF has taken its role of supporting these organizations and programs very seriously and will continue to do so for many years to come.” In fact, the GMACF has awarded over $680,000 in grants and scholarships since its inception.


The GMACF is proud to partner in these community plans that support the mission of enhancing Milan’s cultural, educational, economic, and environmental development. For more information on GMACF grant or scholarship programs, or to partner via donation, fund creation, or to volunteer, contact the GMACF at You can also visit them on the web at

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