2011 Promising Projects — Community Capital Projects
The projects listed below, from grants awarded last year, provide examples of "on-target" proposals in each of the Foundation's grantmaking program areas that seem to hold promise of high impact if implemented as planned.
Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan - $40,000www.wrcnm.org
The challenges associated with raising adequate, reliable funding to support the prevention of domestic violence, sexual assault and child sexual abuse have led the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan (WRC) to a thoughtful combination of funding sources that emphasize earned income. The philanthropic funds they secured for this project were leveraged to support the acquisition and renovation of a vacant building for use as the permanent home to their second community resale/thrift store.
Located on U.S. 31 just north of Petoskey, the new Gold Mine North thrift store, like its sister store, the Gold Mine South, will generate unrestricted income for programs that, while highly valued by clients, have proved a challenge to fund in a sustainable way. WRC’s use of a capital project to improve the long-term financial sustainability of their organization and ultimately the self –sufficiency of their clients, help attract Frey Foundation funding.