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Michael's Gift

Michael’s Gift is a charity developed to honor Michael Ridgeway, who died at age 6. It was established as a memorial fund to be used to help Orange County youth reach their potential. Funds are to be used for enrichment activities and are not used to duplicate existing resources.

There is a cap placed upon the amount that can be utilized each year per child. In addition, there is a cap placed on each individual activity that Michael’s Gift will pay out. Both of these caps are determined at the beginning of the county’s fiscal year, however, the cap may be adjusted throughout the year depending on the availability of funding. Please check with the office on youth for this information. In the event Michael’s Gift funds drop below the threshold designated by the Michael’s Gift committee, consideration for assistance will only be given to children who have not accessed Michael’s Gift in the past.

Michael's Gift Application

Eligibility Criteria

  • Youth must attend Orange County Public Schools or, 
  • Youth must be an Orange County resident, and (Proof of enrollment or residency may be required) 
  • Youth must be under the age of 18