Cliffs makes 2014 grants to several organization

ISHPEMING – Cliffs Natural Resources will make more than $400,000 in charitable donations through its Cliffs Foundation to organizations in Marquette County this year.

Included in the approximately $414,500 in financial assistance announced this week are multi-year pledges to Northern Michigan University, the Michigan Iron Industry Museum and the Catholic Diocese of Marquette’s Father Marquette School.

NMU will receive $50,000 a year over the next five years for continued development and support of its Clinical Laboratory Science programs, according to the press release.

The Michigan Iron Industry Museum will receive $40,000 annually for the next five years to assist in the upgrade of museum exhibits, and Father Marquette School will receive $50,000 for the next two years to assist in renovations to provide a community gathering and public reception area.

“While these three pledges highlight the foundation’s commitment to the area for 2014, they are part of an overall program of support to a significant number of community organizations and programs,” said Dale Hemmila, Cliffs’ director of public affairs in North America. “The foundation’s annual contributions to education and community building is reflective of the long-time commitment Cliffs Natural Resources has maintained within the communities where it has operations.”

Other contributions include the following multi-year ongoing pledges:

– Marquette General Health Systems Linear Accelerator – $50,000

– Iron Ore Heritage Recreational Authority Trail – $50,000

– Room at the Inn – $40,000

– Great Lakes Center for Youth Development – $25,000

– Women’s Center/Harbor House – $12,500

– Superiorland Cross Country Ski Club – $10,000

– Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library – $5,000

– Noquemanon Trail Network – $5,000

– Lake Superior Community Partnership Chairman’s Circle – $5,000

The new 2014 pledges are as follows:

– NMU Clinical Laboratory Science Programs – $250,000, ($50,000/year for five years)

– Michigan Iron Industry Museum – $200,000, ($40,000/year for five years)

– Diocese of Marquette Father Marquette School -$100,000, ($50,000/year for two years)

– Bay Cliff Health Camp – $20,000, ($10,000/year for two years)

– Richmond Township EMS Ambulance – $15,000

– Birchview Elementary School Technology Equipment – $10,000

– Teaching Family Homes Interpretive Trail System – $10,000

– Child and Family Services Preservation Programs – $5,000

– Marquette Salvation Army Program Support – $5,000

In addition, the Cliffs Foundation provides $17,000 in total annual support to several other local organizations.

The Cliffs Foundation focuses on education and community building, with priority given to locations where Cliffs operates. The foundation is accepting grant applications from 501(c)(3) qualified nonprofit organizations until June 1 for 2015 budget consideration.

For more information, visit and click on the community relations link under the sustainability tab.

Zach Jay can be reached at 906-486-4401. His email address is