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The Bay, Midland and Saginaw Community Foundations are partnering with The Dow Chemical Company to launch a grant program to help youth groups in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

The communityGives initiative, a component of Dow’s DowGives program, provides an opportunity for elementary, middle, and high school students who participate in school groups, sports teams, and service clubs in the Great Lakes Bay Region to earn funding for projects through volunteerism. In order to receive grants, students must first participate in a volunteer activity that will benefit their community.

“The engagement and organizational expertise of the Saginaw, Bay and Midland Community Foundations will provide the greatest impact towards the success of the communityGives program,” said Rob Vallentine, North America public affairs director for The Dow Chemical Company. “There are very few organizations that have the overall pulse of a community, like the foundations, which also adds great value in linking community service to addressing the greatest needs.”

Dow is providing $150,000 per year to implement the grant, designating $50,000 each to the Bay, Midland and Saginaw Community Foundations to distribute. Ten grants of $1000 and 80 grants of $500 will be awarded in each county.

“Dow continually supports youth in our community,” said Dave Kell, director of finance at the Midland Area Community Foundation. “This program’s impact on our community’s children and on the community as a whole, is endless.”

The spring communityGives grant application deadline is Friday, April 15. For more information on the grant or to apply, groups can call the Midland Area Community Foundation 989-839-9661or visit the website at Midlandfoundation.org