FFH Foundation

FFH Foundation

Grant Awards

Following our 2018 Spring Grant Cycle, we are very pleased to award grants to the following organizations:

Neighborhood House

Farmington Public Schools Homeless Program

Samaritan Counseling Center of Southeastern Michigan

Farmington Farmers Market

FFHFYF Trustee Andrew Haller presents a grant award to the FPS Homeless Program to enable homeless students to attend summer camps. The grant included a $250 donation from the employees of Sellers Buick GMC in Farmington Hills.

FFHFYF Trustes Lynn Halton and Alan Maxey present a grant award to the Farmington Farmers Market for the Kid’s POP Program which is a food awareness program for children age 4-12. The FFHFYF grant was matched by donations from Beaumont Hospital, Perterlin’s Restaurant, Judge Asset Management and Skrabut Realty.

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2018 Spring Gala

The Farmington & Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth & Families held their annual Spring Gala on Saturday, May 5th at Meadowbrook Country Club.  The theme this year was “A Night of Hollywood Glamour” and was a fun-filled evening with emcee Eli Zaret, cocktails, dinner, an auction, and entertainment from NUCLASSICA.

The event raised over $40,000 to enable FFHFYF to continue to support programs and organizations that benefit children, youth and families in the Farmington and Farmington Hills community.  Our special appeal this year was for the Bountiful Backpack Program which is a partnership between FFHFYF, Farmington Public Schools and the community at large to provide much needed food over the weekend and summer for elementary students who might otherwise go hungry and thanks to the generosity of our donors, we raised $10,000 for the program.

FFHFYF Trustes and Staff at the 2018 Spring Gala

Paul & Lee Blizman With the 2018 Riley Award for Altruism

One of the highlights of our annual gala is honoring an individual from the community who has made a significant contribution to the communities of Farmington and Farmington Hills with the Riley Award for Altruism.  This year our honouree was Paul Blizman.
Paul was raised in Wyandotte and Grosse Ile and moved to Farmington Hills in 1974 with his wife and daughter.  Since then he has been actively involved in many aspects of the local community including the Farmington Hills Energy Commission, the Farmington Hills Historic District Commission and the Farmington Hills Planning Commission.  Paul was a board member of the Farmington & Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth & Families from 2000 to 2011 and served as President from 2006-2009.  During his time on the board Paul was instrumental in setting up our endowment fund with the Community Foundation of South East Michigan.  Paul’s continued support in the local community makes him a very worthy recipient of this award.

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Spring Gala – Tickets Now Available!!

Tickets for our 2018 Spring Gala – A Night of Hollywood Glamour are now available for purchase! Take advantage of our early-bird special of $175 per person if purchased before March 5th, $200 per person thereafter. Call our office at 248-426-1190 or email admin@ffhfoundation.org

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Farmington & Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth & Families Trustee Lynn Halton presented a grant award check for $1,000 to Roz Keith of Stand with Trans on December 17th, 2017.
When Roz Keith’s son Hunter came out as transgender in 2013, there were no resources available for youth and their families. Roz founded Stand with Trans in the spring of 2015 to fill a critical need as youth and their loved ones sought to make sense of an unexpected and often challenging life transition. Stand with Trans is a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to provide the tools needed by transgender youth so they will be empowered, supported and validated as they transition to their authentic life.

Since 2015 Stand with Trans has established regular support groups and has organized community education events and trans youth empowerment workshops. The grant from the Farmington & Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth & Families will support a forthcoming community education event “Supporting the Young Gender Expansive Child” in early spring 2018. This free event will be open to the community and will explore what it means as a family to have a gender expansive child. Parent support is a key determinant in quality of life outcomes for transgender youth and understanding helps prevent mental health crises, reduces homelessness, and makes our communities stronger. For more information about Stand with Trans and their support groups and events please visit www.standwithtrans.org.

Lynn Halton, Trustee of FFHFYF presents a grant award check to Roz Keith, President of Stand with Trans


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Save the Date! 2018 Spring Gala!

FFHFYF Presents Grant to The Farmington Musicale

FFHFYF Trustee Matt Friedrich presented a grant award check for $500 to Anne Greenstein of the Farmington Musicale on December 4th, 2017.

The Farmington Musicale was formed in 1965 and is a local chapter of both the Michigan Federation of Music Clubs and the National Federation of Music Clubs.  The club has a diverse group of members; professional performers, music teachers, amateur performers as well as people who are not musical but enjoy attending concerts.

The Farmington Musicale offers several different types of musical programs for adults including free monthly programs.  For the 2017/18 season the Farmington Musicale is presenting 7 free concerts to the community consisting of piano, winds, strings or vocal music at the Farmington Community Library and St. John Lutheran Church.  The grant award from FFHFYF will assist with the rental fees for the concert venues.  The Farmington Musicale also has a community outreach program where they perform for various senior clubs or Assisted Living Homes in the area.

Programs for young music students are also very important to the Farmington Musicale and include the annual “Awards for Musical Excellence” competition where the club invites music students in the community to compete for cash prizes in vocal, piano, strings or other instrumental categories.  The Farmington Musicale also offers scholarship assistance to local music students and has awarded over $40,000 since 2007.

Details of upcoming performances, membership and scholarship award programs can be found on the Farmington Musicale website: www.farmingtonmusicale.org

Matt Friedrich, Trustee of FFHFYF presents a grant award check to Anne Greenstein of the Farmington Musicale

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FFHFYF Presents Grant to the Antioch Lutheran Free Reading Tutors Program

FFHFYF Treasurer, Andrew Haller, recently presented a grant award to volunteers and participants from the Antioch Lutheran Church Free Reading Tutors program.  The program was started in January 2017 by retired teacher Shirley George who identified a need to provide assistance to children in the community who require additional help with reading skills.  Shirley was inspired by the third-grade reading bill which could potentially lead to the retention in third grade of children identified as being below-grade readers.

The program is open to children in grades 2-4 from Farmington and Farmington Hills, runs six days a week (after school Monday through Friday and Saturday mornings) and is staffed by trained volunteers from both Antioch Lutheran Church and the local community.  There are currently 23 children enrolled in the program and they receive one hour a week one-on one tuition free of charge.  Initially the program was solely to assist with reading skills, but there are now a couple of volunteers able to help with math tuition as well.  The program collaborates with Farmington Public Schools wherever possible to set individual targets and goals for each child.

Some books have already been donated to the program and the grant from FFHFYF will help with the purchase of more reading material that aligns with that currently used in Farmington Public Schools.  The grant will also assist with publicity materials for the program.

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FFHFYF Presents Grant Award to Neighborhood House

Ken Paulson, FFHFYF Trustee, presented a grant award for $2,650 to Alan Maxey, President of Neighborhood House, on September 21st.   Also in attendance from Neighborhood House were Loretta Zahn, Client Support Specialist and Terri Hanson, Assistant Client Support Specialist.

Neighborhood House is a local charity supported totally by the local community that provides help to local needy families, children and individuals in Farmington and Farmington Hills.  It is an affiliated organization with the Farmington Area Goodfellows and is in its 28th year of making a difference in our community.  Over the last two years, Neighborhood House has provided financial assistance to nearly 475 local families in need to help with the payment of rent, temporary housing, and heating, electric and water bills.  The grant received from FFHFYF will help this vital support of those who are in need in our community to continue.

Photograph Left to Right:  Alan Maxey, Ken Paulson, Loretta Zahn, Terri Hanson,

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Fall 2017 Grant Allocation


The Farmington & Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth & Families (FFHFYF) is now accepting grant applications for the Fall 2017 allocation.

FFHFYF supports programs and provide funds to improve the quality of life for children, youth and families, particularly those in need, within the communities of Farmington and Farmington Hills. During our spring allocation we made grant awards to the following organizations and programs:

Antioch Lutheran Free Reading Tutors

City of Farmington Hills Youth & Family Services After School Program

Farmington Family YMCA

Farmington Public Schools Homeless Program

Heartfelt Harvest

Neighborhood House

West Oaks Civitan

If you are looking for funding for a project or organization that benefits youth and families in the Farmington and Farmington Hills area, then please visit our website at http://ffhfoundation.org/home/grant-info/ for more information on eligibility and how to apply.

All applications for the fall allocation must be received at FFHFYF by October 15th.  Our next allocation will be spring 2018, the deadline for which is April 15th, 2018.

If you have any questions about FFHFYF or our grant application and allocation process, please email us at info@ffhfoundation.org, or call our office at 248-426-1190.


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Farmington Community Library

The Farmington Community Library was one of our Fall 2016 grant award recipients.  We recently received an update from the Children’s Librarian, Jill Webb.  Jill reports that the 1000 Books before Kindergarten program is continuing to grow and succeed and that they currently have over 950 children registered for this program!  128,100 books have been read and 30 children have read 1000 books and completed the program.  They are very excited about the number of families who are sharing the joy of reading.

The $1000.00 grant award has been used to purchase 108 high quality hardcover books which will be awarded to the children who complete their 1000th book.  These purchases will provide some exceptional choices for them to add to their home libraries.


The sticker that was specially designed for the program and is placed on the inside front cover of each book

Some of the books that have been purchased with the FFHFYF grant award

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