Three groups within the Presbytery of Lake Michigan received a total of $6,500 in grants to fund special projects.
The funds — awarded in May by the Leadership Team using proceeds set aside from the sale of some presbytery properties – were given to:
- Brooklyn Presbyterian Church — $2,500 to help implement a new after-school program called C.O.R.E. This program – Community, Outreach, Recreation and Education – will be offered to children in grades K-12 starting this fall.
- First Presbyterian Church of Schoolcraft — $2,500 to purchase tools and furniture to protect and supplement the streaming and audio equipment used by the church, and to create an effective outdoor sound system. The upgrades will help the congregation continue ministries to reach those unable to attend in-person worship and to become more visible in the community.
- UKirk @ Michigan State University — $1,500 to cover startup and ongoing costs of the Book Project meant to raise awareness about “book desserts” in the Lansing area and to help children build home libraries. Anticipated expenses include building boxes to collect and distribute books, producing publicity materials, and hosting educational workshops about book deserts and equitable representation in children’s literature.
This is the second year that the Leadership Team has awarded grants using proceeds set aside from the sale of some presbytery properties. Grants also were offered to help children and youth access leadership development activities and to pay registration fees for children and youth to attend Presbyterian-related camps in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana but no applications were received for either category.
Applications for the 2022 PLM Property Scholarships and Grants will be due Monday, April 18, 2022. Find the applications at https://lakemichiganpresbytery.org/ on the Presbytery Documents tab in the Scholarship and Grant Information section.