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The Thanksgiving holiday week is one of the busiest travel periods of the year. As Michiganders were making their getaway plans, it was announced the Gerald R. Ford International Airport will millions of dollars for improvements.

There are more than 3,300 airports operating across the United States. Back in September, The U.S. Department of Transportation announced it was releasing the sixth allotment of its $3.18 billion from the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program. In all, $157 million dedicated as infrastructure grants distributed to 34 airports.

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Four Michigan airports will share in more than $34 million in federal grants.

The U.S. Department of Transportation says Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, southwest of Detroit, will receive more than $21 million for runway construction.

About $11 million will go to the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids for apron rehabilitation. The Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport will get just over $1.5 million to conduct an environmental study. The Alpena County Regional Airport will use $527,000 to buy snow removal equipment.

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The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded two West Michigan organizations with grants supporting educational programming. Nearly 1,600 organizations submitted Art Works applications to the National Endowment for the Arts. Of the 977 grants awarded, only two West Michigan-based institutions received a portion of the $80 million Arts Endowment.

Michigan State University is putting a $1 million gift toward expanding and renovating its music facilities. The East Lansing school announced Tuesday the money from alumni Byron and Dolores Cook helps launch a project to build a Music Pavilion for the university's College of Music. Plans include adding roughly 35,000 square feet of rehearsal, practice and performance space and renovating 8,500 square feet in the Music Building and Music Practice Building next door. 

Grants totaling $872,000 are being awarded to 20 employer groups, labor organizations and other nonprofits in Michigan to support worker safety and health. The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the grants will fund projects that include crane rigging and signaling, ergonomics, tree trimming and chain saw safety, emergency actions plans, machine emergencies and workplace violence prevention. 

Special grants available from state for ailing communities

Aug 31, 2017

The state of Michigan says it's accepting grant applications from local governments with rough finances. The grants are designed to help cities, villages or townships. Communities experiencing at least one condition of probable financial distress can apply for up to $2 million.

The Treasury Department says grants can be used to pay for projects or services that move a community toward financial stability.

About $5.4 million is available. Applications must be submitted by Oct. 20. School districts aren't eligible.

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Perspectives in Philanthropy, a monthly discussion with guests from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation. Today, Diana Sieger discusses 4 grants recently presented.

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Michigan's historical institutions and organizations can apply for small grants aimed at preserving historical records and making them publicly accessible.

The Michigan State Historical Records Advisory Board announced Monday that grants of up to $2,000 are available through the Save Michigan History program.

State archivist Mark Harvey says in a release that people expect historical records to be available but paying for their preservation can be challenging.

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Michigan State University is getting a $900,000 National Science Foundation grant to help boost the study of plants.

The East Lansing school says a team will study plants' stomata, which are specialized pores on the surface of leaves, and look at how plants can avoid diseases.

Brad Day, associate professor of plant, soil and microbial science and the grant's co-lead investigator, says those involved want to find out how plants battle bacterial pathogens at the molecular level.

They'll explore how plants respond to environmental threats.

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A two-story, wood-frame house on Detroit's northwest side became the 10,000th vacant structure torn down as part of Mayor Mike Duggan's massive plan to eliminate blight.

An excavator was used to quickly tear down the house Tuesday on Marlowe Street.

It was another win in a yearslong battle to improve Detroit neighborhoods.

Duggan's blight program started 2 1/2 years ago.

He said Tuesday that Detroit's demolition program is "moving much more efficiently" than others around the country.