We're All About Supporting Kent County Nonprofits

Great Grant Idea? We Want to Hear About it!

Each year we make grants to support nonprofits in Kent County, perhaps your project could be one of them. The application for our main grantmaking pool is open year-round. Grants from this fund are awarded six times per year after review by our staff, volunteer Community Action Committee and Board of Trustees.  

Check out the guidelines, process and other funding opportunities below. 

Grantmaking Focus Areas

What we Fund

Using our unrestricted and field of interest funds, we partner with area nonprofits around issues related to economic prosperity, education*, health, neighborhoods, engagement, the environment, and prosperity.

Grantmaking decisions are tough. To help guide our decision-making, we've adopted a strategic framework to maximize our local impact. It outlines the areas we fund and what outcomes we are looking to achieve.

*Grants in the area of education are by invitation only.

Our Framework

Additional Funds

Other Funding Opportunities

  • Youth Funds

    Our Youth Grant Committee is made up students from local schools who work together to assess the needs of their peers and award grants to address those needs. Applications for youth grants are accepted annually from late December to early February.

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  • Nonprofit Technical Assistance Fund

    The Nonprofit Technical Assistance (NPTA) Fund is a collaborative program designed to address the need for capacity building and technical assistance among nonprofits in Kent County. Grants of up to $10,000 are available for consulting services.

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  • Regional Affiliates

    Communities including Ionia County, Lowell, Hudsonville-Jenison, Sparta and Wyoming have funds at the Community Foundation. Advisory committees from these specific areas award grants to benefit their specific local communities.

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By the numbers

Grantmaking Facts & Figures

  • $306 Million in Assets

    At the close of the fiscal year (June 30, 2016), the Community Foundation held assets totaling just over $306 million.

  • $13 Million in Grants + Scholarships

    Last year, over $13 million was invested in community and students in the form of grants and scholarships.