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The West End Health Foundation is a public non-profit health foundation focused on improving health and wellness programs and services in Marquette County, Michigan’s West End. The WEHF is a 501 C 3 organization as determined by the IRS.

The WEHF considers the following municipalities to be included in Marquette County’s West End. The cities of Ishpeming and Negaunee and the following townships; Champion, Ely, Humboldt, Ishpeming, Michigamme, Negaunee, Republic, Richmond and Tilden.

Competitive grant funding for programs and services targeted to residents of the West End are preferred. In some cases, funding for programs and services for Marquette County and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula may be considered.

The Foundation uses published surveys and reports to set priorities for funding. Sources for health information include the UP-Community Health Needs Assessment, U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Areas of concern are chronic disease education, health, wellness, mental health, nutrition, physical fitness, social and emotional support. Programs addressing education for diabetes, asthma, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, prenatal health, dementia, obesity, suicide prevention and other health-related issues qualify for WEHF grant funding.

Grants are only awarded to organizations with an IRS 501 C 3 or other non-profit designation, governmental units and school districts.

Generally, an organization may only receive grant funds once in a calendar year. In special instances, multi-year programs might be awarded grants.

The range of WEHF Competitive Grants range from $500 to $10,000. Sponsorships are also available for programs requesting $500 or less.

Grantees will be expected to file an Interim Grant Report and Final Grant Report prior to receiving additional grant funding. Grantees will also be asked to host a site visit with WEHF staff.

Competitive grant cycles are set by the WEHF Board of Directors based on available funding. Generally, the WEHF accepts grant applications for the Spring Competitive Grant Cycle on or before April 1. The Fall Competitive Cycle applications are due on or before October 1.

Additional information about the WEHF Competitive Grants program can be obtained from Doug Russell, Foundation Manager at or (906) 204-7410.

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