Portage Health Foundation

HANCOCK, MI--   The Portage Health Foundation has issued a request for proposals to increase access to local food markets.

The aim of the farmer’s market capacity building and food access grants is to provide immediate funding to build capacity of and access to active farmer’s markets in Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties.

PHF expects to award up to $35,000. The maximum grant amount is $5,000. Officials would like proposals to support sustainability elements to ensure the ongoing delivery of services.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Mobile food pantries are making stops in the U.P. next month.

Feeding America West Michigan will offer fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and baked goods at sites in several counties. Attendees do not need to show proof of income to get food, but they must state they meet the qualifications to get food assistance.

Food will be provided in a drive-through format.

The schedule is as follows:

November 5, 2020

MARQUETTE, MI--   A number of mobile food pantries are making stops in the U.P. this month.

Feeding America West Michigan and the Portage Health Foundation are hosting them in several counties, including Alger, Menominee, Marquette, Baraga, Houghton and Ontonagon. Fruits, vegetables, dairy products and baked goods will be available for about 300 families.

HANCOCK, MI--   The Portage Health Foundation is giving more than $428,000 to local school districts to help them safely start the school year.

Most districts in Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties will receive $5,000 and $50 per student, calculated from last year’s fall count report. Districts with fewer than 15 students—like Arvon Township, Elm River Township and Grant Township--will get $2,000 and $50 per student.

HOUGHTON, MI--   The Portage Health Foundation has awarded nearly $80,000 to four recreational projects in the Copper Country.

The Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club received $20,000 to rebuild the Churning Rapids single track.

Eagle River got $19,500 to build a new two-acre park following the theme of “exercise opportunities for all.” It will be used for walking, jogging, strolling or rolling.

CALUMET, MI--   A grant from the Portage Health Foundation will give residents a new way to pay for purchases at the Calumet Farmers Market.

The money will allow the market to offer tokens for customers wishing to use SNAP benefits or credit/debit cards. Customers will visit the Market Table and purchase tokens valued at a dollar each. All vendors will accept the tokens as cash.

HANCOCK, MI--   The Portage Health Foundation is using “Giving Tuesday” to help out non-profits in the area. 

“Black Friday” follows Thanksgiving, then “Cyber Monday.” PHF says it will match—dollar for dollar—all funds raised on giving Tuesday, up to $100,000. All monies will be passed on to the designated organization.

The Foundation is calling the event “Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is.”

HOUGHTON, MI--   The Portage Health Foundation is holding a meeting to help residents apply for financial assistance for flood cleanup.

The foundation created a flood relief fund and is encouraging those affected by the Father’s Day flood to apply. Officials say applications will be available through July 27 at 3:30 p.m. No late applications will be accepted. Funding is not income-based and is not a loan that needs to be repaid.

Applications can be found at phfgive.org or at the following locations:

AP News

HOUGHTON COUNTY, MI - A preliminary damage estimate from flooding in Houghton County has been submitted to the state.

According to WLUC-TV, the estimate of about $50 million covers damage to county infrastructure including roads, municipal water, and sewage-and-drain systems. The estimate does not cover damage to private homes and businesses, M-DOT roads, and DNR trails.

HANCOCK, MI--   The Keweenaw Community Foundation and Portage Health Foundation have created a new fund.  

Officials say the Portage Health Foundation Community Wellness and Outdoor Recreation Fund was created to support the outdoor recreational needs of residents. The fund will be maintained and managed by KCF.

The $60,000 that’s available this grant cycle will support non-profits in Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon counties. Specific terms for the fund will come through a “request for proposal” process.