Shiawassee Community Foundation Announces Summer Grants Now Open for Applications

Owosso, MI: The Shiawassee Community Foundation is thrilled to announce the opening of its Summer Grants for 2023. This opportunity provides non-profit organizations and 501(c)s in Shiawassee County the chance to apply for two exciting grants aimed at enhancing our community.

The first grant, the William “Bill” J. Brooks Memorial Fund, was established in 2021 in honor of the late U.S. Navy Veteran Bill Brooks. He was a dedicated individual who contributed immensely to the beautification and well-being of Owosso. Bill was an OHS graduate, certified ISA Arborist, MSU Master Gardner and City of Owosso DPW employee. His passion for the city led him to engage in various community endeavors, such as volunteering for river and downtown clean-ups, planting flowers and trees, and participating in conservation projects.

To commemorate his legacy, the fund will be awarded to non-profits for community beautification projects. Potential projects (up to $500) include tree and flower planting, community gardens, the upkeep and repair of downtown projects, parks, and community spaces, as well as proposals for plant and tree education camps or classes for all age groups and river clean up or any similar purpose that would benefit the community environmentally.

The second grant opportunity is the Memorial Healthcare Center Community Health and Education Fund. Established in 1998, this fund aims to support health outreach programs serving residents of Shiawassee County. The goal is to improve community health and wellness through these initiatives.

Interested non-profit organizations and 501(c)s in Shiawassee County are encouraged to apply for these grants by visiting the Shiawassee Community Foundation’s official website: The application period will close on August 15, 2023.

“We are excited to offer these grants to the community and witness the positive impact they will have,” said Kim Renwick, Executive Director of the Shiawassee Community Foundation. “Both funds make a real difference in our county, and we encourage all eligible organizations to submit their proposals.”

These grants present an excellent opportunity for local organizations to bring their innovative ideas to life and contribute to the betterment of our beloved community. By supporting projects that align with the values and passions of Bill Brooks and the healthcare initiatives of Memorial Healthcare, the Shiawassee Community Foundation aims to create a more vibrant, beautiful, and healthier place for everyone.

For more information or to apply for the Summer Grants, please visit

About Shiawassee Community Foundation: The Shiawassee Community Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of residents in Shiawassee County through various philanthropic initiatives. By connecting donors with impactful projects, the Foundation fosters positive change and community development.

Media Contact: 

Amanda Bruner, Program Manager

Shiawassee Community Foundation