Western Marquette County Health Foundation provides funding in October

ISHPEMING –Western Marquette County Health Foundation’s next grant cycle begins Oct. 1 and community members are encouraged to apply for a grant with the foundation this fall.

The foundation is dedicated to providing funding for health and wellness solutions for the communities within Western Marquette County, according to a press release. This includes — but is not limited to — chronic disease education: diabetes, asthma, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, mental health and social and emotional support for prenatal health, health and wellness, obesity, and the un- or under-insured, primarily children.

In the last fiscal year, these grants have provided necessary support for a number of organizations, including Ishpeming, Negaunee, NICE and Republic-Michigamme school districts; diabetes education and awareness for the Upper Peninsula Diabetes Outreach Network; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marquette and Alger Counties to promote GirlPower West to young women; Teaching Family Homes; RAMBA; Do it for Daniel; and more.

The foundation will prioritize funding based on programs that services a specific geographic area. A grant is required to affect at least one of the following: the cities of Ishpeming or Negaunee and/or the nine townships –Ishpeming, Negaunee, Ely, Republic, Michigamme, Tilden, Champion, Humboldt and Richmond.

Funding can be provided to applications that seek to enhance health and wellness in the region. However, the foundation will review grants for programs that benefit the population of Marquette County and the Upper Peninsula.

To apply for a grant, visit www.wmqtcountyhealthfoundation.org. To learn more about the foundation, contact Kelsey Reyes at ginccdirector@gmail.com or 906-486-1111.