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First Fed foundation awards grant money

The First Federal of Northern Michigan Community Foundation has announced first-quarter grants totaling $4,649.35 in support of education, community development and charitable needs in northern Michigan.

The awards to 10 nonprofit entities include $500 grants to each of the following organizations: the Presque Isle County Historical Museum, Inc. for the Bradley House kitchen restoration, Alcona Community High School industrial technology program for to help purchase equipment, Inspiration Alcona, Inc. for the Nor East’r Folk Music Festival, Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes, Mancelona High School as a sponsor of the high school robotics team, the Emma Lowery Congregational Church Food Pantry, the Together We Can Food Pantry, and the Eastern National Forest Interpretive Association to help fund teachers for the Sprinkler Lake Day Camp.

Additionally, the foundation awarded $499.35 to the Otsego County Child Welfare Alliance to purchase first aid kits and head lice kits, and $150 to Hinks Elementary School in Alpena for its third grade Mackinac Experience program.

“We are honored to help support the work these organizations do for our communities,” Mike Mahler First Federal of Northern Michigan CEO and Foundation president, said.

The First Federal of Northern Michigan Community Foundation was created in 2005 to enhance the relationship between First Federal of Northern Michigan Community Bank and the communities in which it operates and to enable communities to share in its long-term growth. Since its formation, the FFNM Community Foundation has awarded over $224,000 in grant funds to various community support initiatives. For more information or to apply for a grant please visit www.first-federal.com.