Because the roots of the Lenawee Community Foundation were in Tecumseh, several endowed funds have been established from which earnings are used for grants to benefit the Tecumseh area. Some of the grants in Tecumseh have included: $40,000 for the Tecumseh Service Club; $500,000 for the Constance A. Farver Women’s Health Center; $10,000 for Community Arts of Tecumseh; $80,000 to the Tecumseh Center for the Arts; $30,000 for the preservation of the historic Carnegie Library; plus the $2 million pledge to build the AJ Smith Recreation Center.
Seeing what these funds have done and can continue do, the Foundation Board of Directors is working to develop similar funds to benefit the other communities across Lenawee.
- $1,000 to the Addison Kiwanis for the Smith Park Restoration project
- $500 to St. Mary’s Food Pantry in Adrian
- $500 to Onsted Community Recreation Committee for safety equipment for youth sports
- $1,000 for the Blissfield Nativescape Project
- $450 to the Hudson Food Pantry
- $500 to Associated Charities for Keep Lenawee Warm
- $1,000 to Youth in Government in Onsted
- $1,000 for the Britton Community Playground
- $1,000 for the Roberts Ingold Memorial Library beautification in Deerfield
- $950 for the Thompson Memorial Park Playground in Hudson
- $1,000 to the Sand Creek Playground Project
- $450 to the Hudson Kiwanis Christmas baskets
- $1,000 to the Cambridge Township Fire Department for training center equipment, and mannequins for CPR training
Apart from funding by specific geographic areas, the Lenawee Community Foundation awards grants in various service areas, such as youth, civic projects, the arts, education, or social services.
Because almost all of the funds in the Lenawee Community Foundation are restricted for specific purposes, it is imperative that we work together to build area community funds from which the earnings will be utilized for annual grants. With community support, every area in our county could be making grants of same magnitude as Tecumseh – For good. For ever.