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The primary mission of the Cadillac Area Community Foundation is to develop a community-wide vehicle for permanent endowments to enhance the quality of life in the area and to establish and manage worthwhile endowed funds for the benefit of our community.

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The 3rd cycle of the TRUSTEE GRANT PROGRAM is currently open.  Applications are available on this website, or by calling the Foundation offices at 775-9911.  Because the deadline falls on a Saturday, applications must be received in the office on October 30 no later than 3pm, or via mail that is delivered by October 31.    No applications will be accepted after that date for the 3rd cycle.

When submitting your application electronically, please contact the Foundation at 231-775-9911 and verify that your application submission was received.

First time applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Foundation offices at 775-9911 and schedule a meeting prior to submitting your application.



The Ardis/Lueder Northern Lower Michigan Endowed Scholarship Fund is currently accepting applications.  Please contact Linda Kimbel at 231-775-9911 for a qualification determination and information on obtaining an application for this scholarship.

The Scholarship is used to support a student in a recognized dental program at the School of Dentistry at the University of Michigan and the School of Dentistry at the University of Detroit.  Preference may be granted to a student who is from, or demonstrates an interest in practicing in the Northern Lower Michigan counties of Wexford, Missaukee, or Osceola. Priority will be given to students in a post-graduate program. If no qualified applicants are available in a given year, graduate students may be considered pending fund assets. Preference would then be given to fourth and third year graduate students in descending order.




Through the generosity of local businesses and residents, the Free Food Pantry will continue through the summer months.  Located at 908 6th Street, in the Cadillac Distributing building, the Pantry takes place on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 2pm.  The Pantry continues to distribute food until it is gone, usually no later than 3:30.

The remaining summer dates are: July 2 and 16; and August 6 and 20.

No pre-authorization is required to participate.  Households (and individuals) who are at risk of food insufficiency are invited to bring a container capable of carrying up to 50 lbs of fresh foods, and to arrive no earlier than 1:45pm (gates are locked until then generally).  If a person is unable to attend but needs this service, a friend or relative can come up to the distribution site and pick up the food for them.

This Free Food Pantry is made possible in our community through the generosity and service of local citizens, businesses, the Rotary Club of Cadillac, Feeding America, and the Cadillac Area Community Foundation.  For further information about sponsoring a truck, or to volunteer to help with the Food Distribution, please contact the Foundation offices at  775-9911.


The National Standards Seal by our name indicates official confirmation from the Council on Foundations that we have met the most rigorous standards in philanthropy. It affirms our commitment to financial security, transparency and accountability. It says our grantmaking includes an open, competitive process designed to address the changing needs of our community. The National Standards Seal also confirms our history of honoring donors' wishes.

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