Many area agencies benefit from Cliffs, Lundin grants

Marquette County’s public and nonprofit organizations are smiling a little broader today after Cliffs Natural Resources and Lundin Mining announced the recipients of $1.2 million in funding from the Cliffs/Eagle Mine Marquette County Community Foundation.

A total of 12 organizations were chosen from a pool of 30 applicants, according to Cliffs Director of Communications for North America Dale Hemmila.

Grants range in size from $10,000 to the Negaunee Citizens Supporting the Arts to $400,000 to the Marquette County YMCA.

We are happy to see this kind of funding provided to local organizations from two large companies that have a huge economic impact on the area already.

According to a statement released by Cliffs and Lundin, the Y is planning to renovate a new facility in Negaunee, Ishpeming Public Schools Library will add an Americans with Disabilities Act compliant elevator, the Vista Theater in Negaunee will add a movie projector and screen while new fire trucks will soon arrive at both Powell Township and Forsyth Township fire departments.

Recreational enhancements will also take place through the Noquemanon Trail Network, the Iron Ore Heritage Trail and the City of Negaunee’s Bernie Rivers Field complex.

These are all welcome improvements to great organizations within Marquette County and will surely increase quality of life for every resident.

The fund was established in August 2012 with $4 million, all of which will be dispersed within five years.

The second round of funding is expected to be announced in 2014.

Interested organizations can find guidelines for applying for a grant from the foundation at

Marquette County – along with communities across the Upper Peninsula – is proud of its mining heritage. As that heritage continues into present day, we are glad to see Cliffs and Lundin make this kind of investment in the area.