KAIR named as a finalist for Impact 100 grant

REGION – The odds are looking good for the 2019 finalists vying for $304,000 in grants from Impact 100 Traverse City.

Those finalists selected by Impact 100 Traverse City’s focus committees after a rigorous application and review process and announced last week are Cognition, Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan, Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center, and Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources (KAIR).

The three nonprofits receiving the most member votes at Impact 100 Traverse City’s annual meeting on Oct. 23 will each receive a $101,333 grant for their proposed projects thanks to 304 members who each donated $1,000 to the organization this year.

“We are thrilled to have surpassed the 300 member threshold, so that we can give three transformational grants this year,” said Impact 100 Traverse City President Tonya Wildfong. “We’re committed to supporting local philanthropy and the exceptional work our regional nonprofits are doing.”

Regional 501 (c) (3) nonprofits from Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau counties that implement Arts & Culture; Education; Environment, Recreation & Preservation; Family; or Health & Wellness programming are eligible to apply each year.

KAIR’s project, “Healthy Foods for Hungry Families,” was selected as a finalist in the Health & Wellness category.

According to KAIR Executive Director Cathy Somes, the grant would allow KAIR to create a Community Meal Program to address the 27 percent of children living in Kalkaska County who are faced with the gripping clutches of poverty. The program would provide 600 people each month with wholesome meals at no cost in order to help decrease food insecurity, childhood obesity, and future health problems by preparing nutritional foods and promoting suggested recipes.

To find out more, contact Somes at 231-258-0060 or kairkalkaska@gmail.com.

Impact 100 Traverse City was founded in 2017 and has raised $806,000 for regional nonprofit organizations. The all-volunteer women’s organization grants 100 percent of membership money raised.

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