Traverse City grants looking to help community organizations

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More than $450,000 worth of grants have been distributed to organizations in Grand Traverse County.

$50,000 of the grant money from the Rotary Charities of Traverse City has been earmarked for upkeep at a community pool.

Kathryn Dugal is with the Rotary Charities. She said the pool is important to the community.

“That pool is utilized by a bunch of different user groups in the area, including both the high schools that’s where they do all of their swimmers and practices, the coast guard uses that, Special Olympics, a number of different community groups including Northwestern Michigan College.”

35,000 dollars of the grant money from the Rotary Charities of Traverse City has been earmarked to support the campaign for Traverse City to Ann Arbor passenger rail service.

Dugal said the pool is a important to the community.

“So right now they’re still trying to kind of bolster public interest and get people excited about having passenger rail between Traverse City and Ann Arbor, and as far as I know I think they’re still in the planning stages of seeing what that would look like and what the infrastructure is.”

A total of 14 grants were given out, including: Bay Area Recycling for Charities, $20,000; Banks Township, $30,000; Brickways Foundation, $25,000; FLOW (For Love of Water), $40,000; Glen Arbor Art Association, $40,000; Grand Traverse Bay YMCA, $50,000; Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities, $36,000; Legal Services of Northern Michigan, $10,000; Networks Northwest, $40,000; Traverse Health Clinic, $45,000; Utopia Foundation, $15,000; Village of Empire, $15,925; Village of Mancelona, $35,000; Village of Northport, $33,000.