Created by William Carls, the CEO of Numatics, a company that produces industrial air valves, the Foundation focuses its grantmaking on organizations in the state of Michigan. The Foundationís grantmaking interests include childrenís welfare, including health care facilities and programs, with a special emphasis on the prevention and treatment of hearing impairments. The Foundation also funds recreational, educational, and welfare programs especially for children who are disadvantaged for economic and/or health reasons. Grants are awarded for the preservation of natural areas, open spaces, and historic buildings as well as for areas having special natural beauty or significance in maintaining Americaís heritage and historic ideals. Grants for natural preservation support land trusts and land conservancies and directly related environmental programs. The Foundation awards capital grants, start-up/seed grants, multi-year grants, and limited budget support. Phone calls are welcome. Requests are accepted at all times, but organizations are asked to submit requests well in advance of scheduled board meetings. Additional information is available on the Web site.
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