Cleary leadership programs receives $25,000 community grant

Posted: July 21, 2014

HOWELL – Cleary University’s Leadership Livingston programs have received a grant worth $25,000 from the Community Foundation for Livingston County.

"We were working with Community Foundation of Southeastern Michigan on a grant for an art program for youth through the Arthur Secunda Museum. One thing led to another and we were blessed with two project-based grants, one each for the adult and the youth versions of Leadership Livingston," said Grace Farley, program director for Cleary University.

“Community leadership projects teach participants of Leadership Livingston and Leadership Livingston Youth how to apply what they learn from the training part of the program and from networking with other leaders in the county. The projects also give selected community service organizations a boost in support, expertise, and energy. This year's projects will be extra special with grant funding from Community Foundation for Livingston County,” Farley said.

Leadership Livingston Youth is designed for juniors and seniors in high school and begins in August. Leadership Livingston for adults starts in September. Both groups will select three community project ideas and present them to the Foundation board. The board will assist in deciding which projects to work on and will fund a project for each program for up to $10,000.

"This is a shout out to county-based community service organizations! Send us your ideas so we can get busy on selecting which projects to present to the Foundation!" said Farley.

It's also an acknowledgement of established and potential leaders. Applications for both programs can be downloaded from the website at or printed copies can be obtained by calling Grace Farley at 517.586.3002.

"This is a great year to be in the program with this kind of project support!" Farley said. "We are honored to be given the opportunity to serve the county alongside the Community Foundation for Livingston County."

The Community Foundation for Livingston County, established in 1991, is a permanent charitable endowment fund created to benefit the residents of Livingston County. Its mission is to support and improve the county’s quality of life. The Foundation is building community capital through contributions from a wide variety of donors to meet the charitable needs of Livingston County, today and in the future. The Community Foundation for Livingston County is an affiliate of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations committed to the future of southeast Michigan. The Foundation works to improve the region’s quality of life by connecting those who care with causes that matter. The Foundation supports a wide variety of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development and civic affairs. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $600 million through more than 45,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston counties. For more information, please visit