Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation

Brianna Spry, center, presents grants for the City of Bovey.

The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation provides an open, Annual Grant Cycle that runs from July 15 – September 15. This past Annual Grant Cycle culminated in providing approximately $181,000 in grants to 56 nonprofit organizations and groups that serve the Greater Itasca Area.

The City of Bovey was awarded $1,220 in grants for a multi-phase community recreational upgrade. “We are pleased to match the needs of the Bovey project with funds and donors who have a passion for supporting their programs and mission,” says Sarah Copeland, Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation Director of Grants and Programs.

The City of Bovey is working to create and promote opportunities for social and economic development while retaining an attractive, sustainable and secure environment for the enjoyment of residents and visitors. Through responsible and professional leadership and in partnership with others, the City of Bovey strives to improve the quality of life for all residents living and working in the City and surrounding communities.

Bovey Recreational Area

The City of Bovey is working on a multi-phase community recreational upgrade over the next few years. Included in the project are wetland restoration, a playground upgrade and hockey rink. The goal is to get the entire community involved at all different age levels. This project will be a good training vessel for the youth in the surrounding communities that want to get involved.

The project is in the planning stages with phase one construction planned for the summer/fall of 2020. Phase one wetland restoration will beautify the existing wetland and landscape with plants to attract wildlife. This will be accomplished with a DNR Conservation Partners Legacy grant. Once cleanup has been accomplished, volunteers with the help of Beautiful Bovey will do the landscaping and planting. Part of this project is to move an existing drain line that discharges into the wetland and move it to the sewer system.

The playground phase one will be the installation of a tire swing with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessibility. The Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids and Greenway have expressed interest in helping with this to teach area youth organization and leadership skills. “This is a great opportunity to work together with youth, build skills and make our communities more enjoyable for everyone,” notes Copeland.

Funding was provided by the Fund for the Environment and the Larry and C. Jeanne Cook Memorial Fund.

Anyone can donate to the Fund for the Environment at the Community Foundation. There are no fees to donate. Gifts to the Fund for the Environment provide grants throughout the Greater Itasca Area to provide good stewardship, and maintain and preserve the beautiful area we call home for generations to come.

With a Donor Advised Fund, like the Larry and C. Jeanne Cook Memorial Fund, you can support all types of local programs and projects that interest you.

The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation has been connecting donors’ charitable intentions to community needs for over 25 years to make our Greater Itasca Area – and the world – a better place to live. We invite you to become part of the good work we do, and to include us in the conversation with your financial or estate planner to answer the question “What good do you want your money to do?” For more information, visit our website at or schedule a visit by calling (218) 999-9100.


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