First Federal/mBank Community Foundation announces Q1 grants

Courtesy Photo Pictured from left to right, mBank Community Foundation President Mike Mahler, mBank Assistant Branch Manager Anne Marie Smith, United Way Executive Director Sonya Thomas, and United Way Campaign Chair Steve Jakubcin. The foundation recently awarded the United Way of Northeast Michigan with a $1,500 grant.

The First Federal/mBank Community Foundation recently announced its 2019 first quarter grant recipients, totaling $11,350 in donations to local organizations and nonprofits.

Grants include: $500 to Navigators USA Alpena Chapter, $600 to Alpena Community College Association of Lifelong Learners, $600 to the Alpena Blues Coalition, $750 to Rogers City Public Schools, $900 to the Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, $1,000 to the Presque Isle Township Fire Department, $1,000 to the Alpena Public Schools Summer Institute, $1,000 for the Presque Isle County Historical Museum, $1,000 to Art in the Loft, $1,000 to Girls on the Run, $1,500 to the Alpena County Sheriff’s Department, and $1,500 to the United Way of Northeast Michigan.

“Each quarter we are overwhelmed by the number of community groups and organizations working so diligently to make Northeast Michigan a better place to live and work,” said Foundation President Mike Mahler. “We are proud to be able to give back to these deserving causes.”

Headquartered in Alpena, the First Federal/mBank Community Foundation is dedicated to serving community activities and nonprofit organizations in the Alanson, Cheboygan, Gaylord, Lewiston, Mio, and Alpena areas.

The next deadline for grant applications is June 1 for consideration at the next quarterly meeting, June 19.

Applications are available at