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Children Trust Michigan approves grants to local and statewide community-based organizations

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More than $1.6 million in grants will be given to two Grand Rapids organizations.

Children Trust Fund, formerly known as the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund, is based in Lansing and is the only statewide organization whose sole focus is to proactively support programs with education, funding and resources across the state with a goal of preventing child abuse and neglect. The organization announced it was awarding over $1.6 million dollars worth of grants to six different organizations, including two here in West Michigan.

Along with organizations in the cities of Jackson and Flint, as well as Gratiot and Keweenau counties, both Arbor Circle and Bethany Christian Services in Grand Rapids will be benefitting from the grants.

Arbor Circle was granted $320,000 dollars for its Nurturing Fathers program, while Bethany will receive nearly $125,000 for its Be Strong Families Parent Cafes to help build fathers as leaders in their community.

The purpose of the Direct Services grants is to help fund child abuse prevention programs and services. They also support families that experience challenges that could impact positive parenting and optimal child development.

Along with the newly funded initiatives, Children Trust Michigan distributed more than $2.6 million dollars in support of child abuse prevention programs across 83 Michigan counties in 2023.

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