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

Best of Luck to our 2019 Scholarship Recipients!

And they’re off! Who, you ask? The 15 Milan High School graduates that earned, and were awarded, Greater Milan Area Foundation (GMACF) scholarships this past spring. Back to school season means off to college and vocational school for these young adults, and the GMACF couldn’t be more proud to support them. 

The GMACF awarded over $29,000 in scholarships to Milan High School seniors in 2019. These students completed the requirements outlined for each scholarship, and the monies awarded helps to ease the financial burden for those desiring further education. 

There are currently 11 different types of scholarships available, each one with a specific application and criteria. Some awards target graduates pursuing specific careers while others are general. There are scholarships intended for university and those that can be used for community college or a vocational school.

Each scholarship is privately funded and then managed by the GMACF. Scholarship funds originate from interest earned on an invested amount, making each scholarship available annually. The GMACF would love to see more scholarships available for Milan area graduates. Residents interested in setting up a tax-deductible endowment for scholarship purposes can contact the GMACF at for further information.

Investing in Milan area students can have a lasting impact. Financially supporting their education journey is not only practical, it also conveys trust and confidence in the student. Students that return to place roots in the community that supported them can invest in the area in a personal way. The potential for a cyclical benefit is genuine and exciting.

From Northern Michigan University to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, majoring in everything from nursing to neuroscience to culinary arts… we wish our 2019 scholarship recipients the very best of luck! 

Aid in Milan

Every year the Greater Milan Area Community Foundation helps to fund a local charity that gives back to the community of Milan, Michigan. This year they helped support Aid in Milan, a not for profit that for the last 40+ years has helped serve and provide support in many ways to the greater Milan area.

This piece serves as just a small glimpse in the many amazing things Aid in Milan has offered back to the people of Milan. Stories like this are such an experience and show that neighbors are always looking out for each other, even if it’s just something as small as offering an ear to listen.

To find out more about Aid in Milan, check out their website

GMACF Fall Grants Awarded

The Milan Eagle

The Greater Milan Area Community Foundation (GMACF) manages a multi-million dollar financial portfolio of endowed funds that will serve our local community into perpetuity. Themission of the GMACF is to improve the cultural, economic, educational, and environmental quality of life in the greater Milan area. This is accomplished by awarding funds from investment earnings to people, programs, and organizations that align with its mission.

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GMACF Dinner

The Milan Eagle

By Milan Eagle media

Greater Milan Area Community Foundation (GMACF) held their 12th Annual Gala Fundraiser on March 3 at the Marriott at Eagle Crest. This years’ theme for the Dinner Auction was Saluto Milano. Tables were decorated with flowers and wine to be shared and Italian cheesecake, tiramisu and cannoli for tasty desserts.

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Clara’s Closet

The Greater Milan Area Community Foundation reached out to me asking if I would want to share a story. A story of endurance, love, and real compassion. I was given the opportunity to sit down and talk to Melissa Buie. She is the creator of Clara’s Closet located in Milan Michigan. Melissa has a heart for children unlike any I’ve seen in a long time. She goes above and beyond to help children out who need it the most, through giving of her time, resources, and her heart. What an amazing story that I hope you’ll enjoy.

Clara’s Closet is located in Milan Michigan. If you would like to donate and or help out please contact Melissa at