The Greater Milan Area Community Foundation has awarded over $375, 000 in grants and scholarships in a rich variety of community initiatives, among them being:
- The Arts and Music
- Community Development
- Community Volunteering
- Economic Development
- The Environment
- Food and Nutrition
- Health and Wellness
- Primary/Secondary Education
- Sports and Recreation
- Science and Technology
GMACF Grant Awards totalling $24,951 were presented to Milan Area groups in 2018.
Milan Public Library
The Milan Public Library received two grants this year. The first GMACF grant will be used to purchase two adjustable half round tables and one wave table for use in the Phillips meeting room. The tables will serve both adult and youth programs. The second grant will purchase Launchpads for older children. Launchpads are are electronic tablets loaded with educational apps. Make sure to check these new additions to our public library on your next visit.
Milan High School Robotics Team
The Code Red Robotics program is being partially funded by the GMACF. This program is intended to engage students in real world activities in engineering, computer coding, electrical engineering, mechanical design, business, safety and marketing. The students use those skills to fund, market, design, build and code a robot for competition. These students do amazing things. The funds from the GMACF are coming from two different foundation funds – It is being funded by the GMACF Community Enrichment Fund and the Fayne and Joanne McGovern Youth Fund.
Aid in Milan
One way in which Aid in Milan seeks to execute its strategic plan is by providing staff members with the proper tools to effectively and efficiently complete their job duties. For this to happen they are receiving funds for a new computer and much needed updated software to better serve their clients.
Milan Seniors for Healthy Living
The first of two grants awarded to Aid in Milan is for the Resource Advocacy for Milan Seniors (RAMS) for short. This program offers support for seniors who are facing a difficult time. It offers support through resource advocacy, care giver and care partners support and coming this fall a whole series of new programs. This year the second Foundation grant will again be assisting with the Home Delivered Meals Program. In 2018 MSHL documented serving over 700 homebound seniors in the Milan area. These meals are vital. A better quality of life can begin with a nutritious meal.
Moving Milan Forward
Two grants for Moving Milan Forward will most certainly make a difference in our town. The first grant is for assisting in the purchase and installation of winter lighting downtown. The lighting will be along the roofline of every commercial building. The plan is have the lights on from the Christmas parade thru the start of daylight savings time. This should be beautiful and will surely brighten up downtown for the winter. The second GMACF grant will be used in conjunction with monies from other sources to construct a GAGABALL Pit in Wilson Park. We can’t wait to see it!
Milan High School
Grant funds to Milan High School Center for Innovative Studies will be used to purchase state of the art video technology, cameras, and equipment. The Center for Innovative Studies intention is to prepare more students to be competitive in the global marketplace. This can include students competing in the C-Span StudentCam competition. Milan students have been very competitive in the past and they hope to achieve even more success with new equipment.
Milan Main Street
This grant will assist in providing more amenities for Tolan St. This will include funding for table umbrellas, outdoor games and other amenities to make Tolan Street a pleasant place to be on all days. Our town just keeps getting better and better.
Milan Garden Club
The Milan Garden Club submitted a grant request to complete Phase II of the landscape plan at the Veteran’s Wall of Honor. They will be adding more shrubs and some hardy annuals for more color throughout the season. It’s important that the Veteran’s Wall of Honor always looks great.
Milan Beautification Commision
This GMACF grant funds a project by the Milan Beautification Commission to enhance the area around the 5 welcome signs that you see when you enter Milan. The landscaping around those signs doesn’t happen by accident. The Beautification Commission plans are to refresh the rocks and ground cover as well as plant both annual and perennial flowers. First impression means a lot. It’s going to look great!
Matters of Injustice
Matters of Injustice is an organization that plans to implement a self-defense program for young women here in Milan. Studies have shown that women is their late teens are often at the highest risk for sexual assault and that one effective way to reduce sexual assault is through empowerment self-defense program. Grant funds will be used for the purchase of a Simulation Equipment Package and a training mat. This equipment will help students bring everything they have learned into realistic scenarios.