List of Grants 

2021 Grants


Clark Township Recreation – Support for Peek-A-Boo Trail improvement project

Les Cheneaux Chamber of Commerce – Fall Bike Classic Event 

Hessel School House – Upgrade security lighting for parking lot

Les Cheneaux Watershed Council – Inland Seas Discovery Sail Program for July 2021

2020 Grants


Cedar Post Food Pantry & Thrift Shop – Energy efficient lighting upgrade

Great Lakes Recovery Centers – Expansion of residential rehab facilities

Les Cheneaux Chamber of Commerce – Business & tourism maps


Cedar Cove – Wellness Class hall rental

Hessel School House – Ceiling fans

Little Traverse Conservancy – Trail maps reprinting

Watershed Council – EZ Dock Public kayak launch

2019 Grants


Cedar Post Thrift Shop & Food Pantry – New windows

Clark Township – Grant writer

Mackinac Economic Alliance – Support a vocational training event

Hessel School House – Cement work repair

Little Traverse Conservancy – Build a raised viewing platform at Mackinac Bay

Les Cheneaux Community Library – Purchase additional books


Hessel School House – Assistance in printing Summer Guide

Watershed Council – Inland Seas Discovery Sails program

Mackinac Economic Alliance – Travel costs to EUP Food Summit

Les Cheneaux Library – Purchase of graphic novels

Chippewa Luce Mackinac County Conservation District – Website development and public outreach

Clark Township M-134 Bike Trail project – Engineering study

2018 Grants


St. Ignace Food Pantry – Purchase of health, hygiene and cleaning items for clients

Great Lakes Boating School – Funding for scholarships

The Nature Conservancy – Improve parking, trails and signage at Gerstacker Preserve

Mackinac Economic Alliance – Assist Farmers & Artisans Market at Hessel School House with signage

LC Area Artisan’s Cooperative – Upgrade marketing infrastructure at Old Shell Gallery

Cedar Cove Assisted Living – Upgrade IT technology for patient care and resident enrichment

Cedar Cove Fitness facilities – Purchase new exercise bikes as part of community fitness opportunities

L.C. Community Library – Supply Children’s & Young Adult’s books on the STEAM collection

Clark Township – Assist in securing funding for purchase of property that would connect new Harbor facility to business district. Funds pending additional support.


Les Cheneaux Community Library – Add supplies and 3D printer to Makers Space

First Union Church – Purchase supplies for a Grief Share support group

Clark Township – Purchase composting toilet and enhance facilities for Leopold Preserve on Marquette Island

Hessel School House – Assist in cost of “Chalk Talk” mailer

Great Lakes Boat Building School – Support GLBBS Scholarship Fund

Les Cheneaux Community Schools – Purchase of Hunters Safety class training firearm

Les Cheneaux Watershed Council – Support Inland Seas Discovery Sails program

2017 Grants


Hessel School House- Repair cement entrance area

Les Cheneaux Community Library – Early Learning Library Activities

Little Traverse Conservancy – trail signage, brochures and trail cameras for LCI area trails


Les Cheneaux Arts Council – 2018 Summer Calendar of Events

Watershed Council – Great Lakes Discovery Sail Program

Mackinac Economic Alliance – Vocational education information event for prospective students

Cedarville High School Band funding for trip to Carnegie Hall in New York City

2016 Grants


Les Cheneaux Chamber of Commerce/Increase # of free movies in park

Bay Cliff Health Camp/Build Climbing Wall

Watershed Council/Funding Inland Sea Great Lakes Discovery Program

Les Cheneaux Community Library/Fund 2 summer programs


Clark Township/Leopold Landing Access Project at Duck Bay

Hessel School House/Stage Curtains

St Ignace Food Pantry/purchase of personal care items

H.O.M.E. of Mackinac County/ updating equipment and assistance

Watershed Council/Great Lakes Discovery Sail Program

2015 Grants


Watershed Council/Website Update

LC Area Tourist Association/Promotional Video

LCChamber/Outdoor Movie nights


Les Cheneaux Community Library/Quality Book purchase

Little Traverse Conservancy/Develop info for North Huron Birding Trail

Les Cheneaux Community Schools/Travel expense & purchase of trailer for Robotics Team

Les Cheneaux Community Schools/Travel Funding to LA Music Festival

Clark Township/Develop strategy to improve eco- tourism

2014 Grants


LC Area Tourist Association/Farmers’ Market

LC Library/Preschool Puzzles

LC Library/Early Literacy

LC Library/Notecard Fundraiser

CCSS/Summer Introduction to Ceramics

Historic Association/Capital grounds improvement


LCCS/S.T.E.M funding

Arts Council/Community Field Guide

LCCS/ History Alive

LCCS/Middle School Art & Pottery

2013 Grants

LCCS – S.T.E.M. Block Course

LCCS -Draw It! Print It! Hold It!

Little Traverse Conservancy – Derby Nature Preserve Parking

LC Area Tourist Association – Farmers’ Market

L.I.F.T/Community Canopy

LC Islands Area Tourist Association/Brand Integration

EUPCAN/support for matching grant

LCC Schools Band/support to attend National Festival of States in DC

Watershed Council/ed outreach materials

LC Chamber/Art Hop support

LC Schools/Assessment materials

LC Schools/Service Learning

Clark Township/matching grant for Recreation Park

2012 Grants

LC Area Tourist Association/ Branding/Marketing project

Clark Township Downtown Cedarville

LCATA Pure Michigan

Watershed Council Frogfest

Historical Association/Purchase of camcorder

LC Library/Summer film Series

2011 Grants

Out of Sequence High School Humanities Class trip to Chicago

EUP Food Hub source

LC Tourist Association Great Waters/Pure Michigan

Frog Fest 2010 Requested

Little Traverse Conservancy – Birge Preserve parking lot

LCCS Around the World Cooking

CCSS – Ipod in classroom

Hessel Beach Challenge Grant

Recreation Park matching grant

LC Historical Association

LCCS – Wall of Fame requested

LC Library – Summer Film Series

LC Library – Accelerated Reader Program

2010 Grants

Out of cycle request: LCCS Phase 1 hire consultant to provide guidance of best implementation of school and options for funding

MSU Breast Feeding Scholarship for Lactation Consultant

LC Frog Fest YAC

LCCS Around the World  Cooking class

LCCS Reading Recovery Camera flip camcorder

Jr. YAC Laminating Film

Historical Assoc. Summer  events

LCCS Government Class Trip to Lansing

MSU Economic Project between St. Ignace & LC

2009 Grants

LCCS Library Wellness Library

LCC Library Summer Program

Display Case LCC Library

LCCS Sing With Me *YAC

LCCS – Arts Planning

LCCS – Techmedia YAC

LCCS – Cedar Program

LCCS Kiln Purchase

First Union Church Christmas Celebration

VFW Christmas Celebration

LC Historical Assoc.

LC Banner Project


LCCS Business Trades

LCCS – Health & Wellness

LCCS – Tech Media

Pro Active Grant for Anthony Lee Scholarship for Athletic Dept.

LCCS – Leading Edge Academy- if approved by LCCS School Board

2008 Grants

LCCS Jr. Trojans Football funding for helmets and uniforms

LCCS Community recycling Program requested purchase of new trailer & refurbishing old

LCCS Elementary Artist in Residence

LCCS High School Washington D.C. Inaugural

LCCS High School Interactive Whiteboard & 4 laptops

LC Watershed Council Hazardous Waste Collection

Cedar Cove Assisted Living requested for flu shot clinic

LCC Library Summer Film Fest

LC Advisory Committee Gazebo/Pammi’s Garden

LCCS Library requested $999 for World Book Encyclopedia

LC Tourist Assoc. – brochure/map

LC Chamber – out of cycle

LC Library Friends


Community Health Access Coalition

2007 Grants

Spring 2007

Les Cheneaux Advisory Committee – Flower Bed & Fencing for corners at M129 & M134

LC Watershed Project to conduct water quality tests to assess pollution

LC Watershed Council Frog Festival 2007

Cedar Cove “Senior Service” support open house and health fair

Boy Scout Troup 140 rebuild Troup’s trailer

LCCS “Token Economy” *LCCS “Million Footstep Challenge” to increase physical activity

LC Historical Association “2007 Music Program”

LCCS “Artist in Residence”

LC Pre School to decrease tuition increase enrollment

Sault Tribe “Circle of Life” support 5 week program

LCCS Middle School Cheerleading

Clark Township Volunteer Fire Department’s “Boots for Firefighters” purchase 20 pair of protective boots

Fall 2007

Boy Scout Troup 140 – Brent Heerspink requested purchase material for 4 wooden picnic tables which he will donate to Boat School as part of service portion of Eagle Scout requirement

LCCS Music Boosters

1st Union Church

Clark Township Fire Department requested

Library Grant

2006 Grants

Spring 2006

Project Shutterbug

Music/Art Dockside – Funded

Library Computers

UP History in Song

Analysis of Oral History

After School Woodworking

Clark Township Recreation Park

Boys and Girls Locker Room

Project Senior Services

Shoreline and Watershed Services

Fall 2006

YAC to the Future to establish a Jr. YAC

Rescue Vent/Emergency Saw purchase an emergency saw to cut through shingles

LC PreSchool requested funds to offset budget deficit

Mackinac County Child Protection Roundtable/Mentoring Program Expand The mentoring program to LC Area

LCCS Artist in Residence requested

Periodical Update Grant to purchase a book used for research in Library

Jr Trojan Football – purchase new jerseys for 2007-08 season

Bike Path Grant to do community outreach to inform about proposed Bike Path

LC Watershed Watermilfoil project to introduce weevil in to the area to control milfoil

Bike Trail committee requested

2005 Grants

Citizenship Development of Middle School Students

Middle School Student Council Grant for Screen Printing

Sound Field Enhancement System

2001 Grants

LC Historical Assoc. Artist of the Week – summer program

Girl Scouts of Peninsula Waters, Inc. equipment for Summer Fun Days

LCCS “Artist in Residence”

LCCS Kindergarten Take home theme bags

CCSS Purchase of cross country skis for students and community

LC Snowmobile Club Safety instruction for 6th grade students and special needs students

Nature Conservancy salary for Watershed Council Coordinator

LCCS – Recycle Project purchase of trailer

LC Historical Association Artist of the Week summer

2000 Grants

LCCS Funding for “Frog Day” assemblies

Clark Township – Natural Resources Task Force of LC Economic Forum hosting series of presentations of environmental & conservation concerns

Clark Township – LC Nordic Ski Club purchase of snowmobile to pull trail groomer

LCCS Drama Club funding to help with expenses of fall 2000 play requested

LC Historical Assoc. Artist of the Week program

LCCS Elementary Student Council – Plant flowers & trees around entry ways

LCCS Elementary Student Council Artist in Residence program

Les Cheneaux Preschool Inc. purchase of science and reading materials

EUP Domestic Violence Program Inc. Strong Families Safe Children Teaching materials, baby furniture, diapers, formula & infant supplies

LC Christian Fellowship The Wave Teen Center purchase big screen TV & VCR for center

LCCF – YAC funding for YAC Adventure Tours & training

LCCF LCCF Library & cultural Resource Committee – Library Committee costs to complete feasibility study

Archie Visnaw Fund Scholarship


Les Cheneaux Community Foundation Scholarship Funds

Scholarship Funds Held by The Les Cheneaux Community Foundation: 

Josh Goodell Memorial Scholarship

Josh Goodell was a 2019 graduate of Cedarville High School. He realized his goal of playing both basketball and football all four years of high school. His family wishes to honor Josh's memory by awarding a $1,000 scholarship to a student who shares Josh's love for athletics.

George H. Nickels and Les & Jackie Stiner Memorial Endowment Scholarship Fund

The sole purpose of this fund shall be to provide a scholarship to a student attending the Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville Michigan.

The selection of the student(s) for this special scholarship award will be made by the Scholarship Committee of the Great Lakes Boat Building School, as appointed by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Graduates who received a George H. Nickels Scholarship shall be recognized as such at graduation and called George H. Nickels Scholars.

Bonnie Mikkelsen Endowed Scholarship Fund

The sole purpose of the Fund shall be to provide financial assistance for students attending the Great Lakes Boat Building School who have met the financial need criteria as established by the Board of the Great Lakes Boat Building School.

Frank (Duke) Harding Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund

The purpose of the fund is to provide an annual scholarship to a student attending the Great Lakes Boat Building School.

Les Cheneaux Arts Council Fund

The purpose of the fund is to provide annual support to art programs, classes & scholarships in the Les Cheneaux Community.

Les Cheneaux General Scholarship Fund

The primary purpose of the fund assets shall be to provide financial assistance for students who are attending a post-secondary school and are graduates of the Les Cheneaux Community Schools.

Les Cheneaux Lions Club General Scholarship Fund

The primary purpose shall be to provide FIRST YEAR financial assistance for students who are pursuing a post-secondary education and are graduates of the Les Cheneaux Community Schools.

Thomas (Tommy) Nelson Mertaugh Scholarship Fund

The sole purpose shall be to provide a scholarship to a student attending the Great Lakes Boat Building School and who meets the criteria established by the Great Lakes Boat Building School for financial aid.

Tricia (St Onge) Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund

Tricia (St Onge) Smith attended Les Cheneaux Community Schools and graduated in 1997. Not only was she a wonderful student but she was also passionate about sports. Tricia earned many awards in basketball, volleyball, and track. She later attended Central Michigan University and became an incredible teacher. This fund was set up to help others who share Tricia's passion for education and sports. This fund will award $500 to a recipient each year.

Trip Abnee Memorial Water Safety Fund

This fund was created by Trip Abnee's wife and daughters to honor Trip's love of boating and insistence on safety. He taught many kids how to drive a boat and made it possible for them to get their boating licenses. He had two rules: "Do what the captain says, when the captain says it" and "Have fun". Coming into the dock he would say, "Fingers and paws inside the boat" and after docking he would say, "Any landing you walk away from is a good one, every time without fail". This fund is used to provide life vests to area youth who complete the Water Safety Course offered free of charge each summer.

The Williams Family of Coryell Island Scholarship Fund

This $1000 scholarship was instituted in 2001 by the Williams Family who has had a long time presence on Coryell Island. The purpose is to provide financial assistance for continuing education or vocational training to graduates of the Les Cheneaux Community Schools based on their financial need, academic performance, and participation in extracurricular activities and community service.

Geraldine (Gerry) Naybeck Memorial Scholarship

The primary purpose is to support programs and projects that provide education and /or early detection of cancer: equipment, programs, or services to assist individuals diagnosed with cancer or other terminal illnesses. Also supported are programs and support services for families or scholarships for students studying nursing or a related health field.

Tassier-Nye Scholarship

The primary purpose of the fund shall be to provide financial assistance for students who have attended a school in the Les Cheneaux area.

Rae Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund

Rae Taylor was an avid builder and lover of boats. This endowed scholarship fund was created by Rae Taylor's wife Dianne in his memory. The sole purpose of the fund shall be to provide an annual scholarship for a Great Lakes Boat Building School student who has a love of boat building & repair, or mechanical maintenance of boat engines & systems, and who demonstrates a financial need.

William T. and Ann Collins Charitable Fund NEW SCHOLARSHIP AWARD 

Applications are being taken through June 30, 2022 for a $5,000 scholarship awarded to a graduate of Cedarville High School who is currently pursuing a career in the healthcare field. Contact our office for application. (906)484-2484 or [email protected].


William (Billy) Ryan Scholarship Fund

The sole purpose shall be to provide an annual $500 scholarship to a Cedarville High School graduate who intends to continue his/her education at an institute of higher learning, either university, college, or vocational/technical school.

Earl Law-Perry White VFW Post 7958 Scholarship Fund

The sole purpose of the fund is to provide $1000 or $1500 scholarship to a high school graduate from both Les Cheneaux Community Schools and Pickford Community School who intends to continue his/her education at an institute of higher learning. The graduating senior is required to be a veteran or related to a veteran. If related to a veteran who is a member of the Earl Law-Perry White VFW Post 7958, the scholarship shall be $1500 instead of $1000.

Archie and Ruth Visnaw Endowment Memorial Scholarship

Archie Visnaw grew up in Cedarville and was one of Cedarville's great ambassadors. Archie was the area postmaster for more than 30 years.

He was also an avid boat and snowmobile racer. Most importantly, Archie was a friend to everyone he met. Ruth came to Cedarville as a Home Economics teacher. She taught over 25 years in the Cedarville School system and was a highly respected teacher. The Archie and Ruth Visnaw Memorial Endowment Scholarship is a $500 scholarship given to a student who has attended Cedarville High School wishing to extend their post high school educational opportunities.