Systems Change Accelerator Grantees

Organization Purpose Amount
Great Lakes Naturalist Initiative Mobilize citizen scientists to address invasive species in Grand Traverse Bay


Food & Farming Network Address unprecedented challenges in farmland and farming


Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center Build public will for A World Without Abuse


The Homeless Youth Initiative Engage community to prevent and end youth homelessness



Assets for Thriving Communities Grantees

Organization Purpose Amount
Arts for All Expand arts programming for special education classrooms $65,000
Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes Construct the wheelchair accessible portion of the Kettles Trail


Glen Lake Community Library Renovate and expand the library


Food Rescue of Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan Increase access to and education about healthy food


Grand Traverse Pavilions Foundation Establish the program for all-inclusive care for the elderly


Inland Seas Education Association Renovate Capt. Thomas M Kelly Biological Station


Northwestern Michigan College Foundation West Hall Innovation Center and Library


Paddle Antrim Launch the Chain of Lakes Water trail


Parallel 45 Inc Construct the Grand Traverse County Civic Center amphitheater


Peninsula Community Library Construct the new library facility


SEEDS Convene and support institutions working toward clean energy goals



Seed Grants

Organization Purpose Amount
El Grupo Norte Plan for safe routes to school


Cerulean Center Systems map for addressing invasive species in the Great Lakes $10,000
Health Department of NW Michigan Central Lake School Health exploratory needs assessment


Village of Bellaire Downtown Development Authority Plan for renovation of Bellaire Community Hall


Preserve Hickory Business & marketing plan for new facility


Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology Planning for Commongrounds Listening Room $10,000
TART Trails Fundraising feasibility study for Traverse City to Charlevoix trail


Traverse City DDA Strategy for unifying the Lower Boardman $10,000
ReWild Michigan Capacity building $10,000
Benzie County Aquatic Center Feasibility study $10,000
Venture North Early Childhood Education study $10,000
Grow Benzie Filling the Gap $10,000
Traverse City Downtown Development Authority Destination Downtown $10,000
Kalkaska County Parks and Recreation Regional Recreation Master Plan $10,000
Crooked Tree Arts Council Incubator project $10,000
SEEDS Public building energy audit $5,000
Goodwill Northern Michigan Grand Traverse homeless response system $7,500
Grand Traverse Industries Traverse Bay Area neurodiversity Pilot $6,500


Changemaker Fellowship

Organization Purpose Amount
Grow Benzie's Josh Stoltz Changemaker Fellowship to attend Basecamp #5 School of Systems Change


Title Track's Seth Bernard Changemaker Fellowship for Culture Healing for Collective Liberation workshops $20,000
United Way of NW MI's Leisa Eckerle Hankins Changemaker Fellowship to learn the Team Alignment Process $20,000



Organization Purpose Amount
Betsie Valley Community Center Transformation Fund $36,750
Utopia Foundation Young Peace Builders Clubs (3) $25,000
Council of Michigan Foundations Rob Collier gift $10,000
FLOW Capacity (3) $25,000
Health Department of NW Michigan Oral Health Coalition (3) $25,000
Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities Passenger Rail (3) $24,000
Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities Solarise $10,000
Village of Bellaire Bellaire DDA- Restore Bellaire Community $10,000
Networks Northwest Transformation Fund $100,000
NMC Foundation Administration of NorthSky capacity building courses


Community Foundation Transformation Fund $25,000
Networks Northwest Arts & Culture $10,000
Family Partnership Grand Traverse Program Grant (3) $25,000
Betsie Valley Community Center Transformation Fund $21,900
Kalkaska County Library New Library Communication Strategy $10,000
Traverse City Area Public Schools Teen Parent Program $10,000