Grants Awarded

Here Are Our Recent Grants

All across Kent County, we're helping nonprofits do good things to make our community better. The grants listed below are awarded from our Fund for Community Good (unrestricted fund) and field of interest funds. 

Other grants not listed below are awarded from our Donor Advised Funds. These grantmaking decisions are donor-directed.  

2019 - 2020 Fiscal Year

Recipient

Amount

Date

Purpose

  • Community Rebuilders

    Amount Awarded: $66,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2019

    To support the development of a community collaborative to decrease the number of homeless families in Kent County and address social determinants of health.

  • Education Trust Midwest

    Amount Awarded: $300,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2019

    To expand innovative, shoulder-to-shoulder school improvement work with educators in Grand Rapids Public Schools through the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning network.

  • Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2019

    To match FEMA support for the Fire Safety program to target underserved Spanish-speaking households in Wyoming.

  • KConnect

    Amount Awarded: $375,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2019

    To align and integrate the work of public, private, and nonprofit sectors in order to dissolve systemic inequity across the prenatal to career continuum, while improving outcomes for all.

  • Latina Network of West Michigan

    Amount Awarded: $450,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2019

    To put systems in place and build the capacity of the organization for long-term sustainability, leadership development and mission-driven impact.

  • ArtPrize

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2019

    To engage communities with limited access to public art and cultural enrichment opportunities in the inaugural Project 1.

  • Baxter Community Center

    Amount Awarded: $50,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2019

    To support the #BAX50 campaign and address pressing capital improvement needs, essential to providing a safe, efficient environment positioning them for sustainability and long-term community impact. 

  • Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives

    Amount Awarded: $150,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2019

    To support pre-campaign efforts toward the goal of establishing a permanent home and to encourage continued efforts toward organizational sustainability and archiving collections.

  • Godfrey-Lee Public Schools

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2019

    To provide financial assistance to Godfrey-Lee Public Schools to re-brand its' identity to have a mascot that is inclusive of each member of the community.

  • Senior Sing Along

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2019

    Arts enrichment programming at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

  • Westside Collaborative

    Amount Awarded: $150,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2019

    To create authentic empowerment of neighbors and families to influence the challenges and barriers they face in community. 

  • The Diatribe

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2019

    Supporting the 2019-2020 Poetry Empowered program.

Last Fiscal Year

Recipient

Amount

Date

Purpose

  • Start Garden

    Amount Awarded: $300,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2019

    Supporting Start Garden 100 to ensure that we are creating entrepreneurship opportunities in Grand Rapids, with a specific focus on people of color and women entrepreneurs.

  • Heart of West Michigan United Way

    Amount Awarded: $50,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2019

    Supporting the Fulton Manor Temporary Emergency Family Shelter, providing families with children experiencing a housing crisis with safe shelter, basic needs, and assistance in rehousing. 

  • Grand Rapids Public Museum Foundation

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2019

    In support of the Changing America exhibit, which focuses on the transition of America by reflecting on the Emancipation Proclamation and March on Washington.

  • Project GREEN

    Amount Awarded: $200,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2019

    Advocacy, education and convening of partners in the community around fair lending and economic empowerment for low- to moderate-income households.

  • Artists Creating Together

    Amount Awarded: $100,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2019

    Supporting ACT's IMPACT capital campaign to construct a new permanent art studio space and support the creation of mobile art studio.

  • DA Blodgett-St. John's

    Amount Awarded: $200,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2019

    In support of the Together for Kids capital campaign, which will consolidate all operations and integrate services into one central campus location.

  • Dwelling Place

    Amount Awarded: $5,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2019

    Development of a collaborative plan to integrate behavioral health and economic development solutions in the Heartside Neighborhood.

  • Midwest Tech Project

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2019

    Addressing equity in the technology industry by engaging millennials, women, parents, students and community organizations to assist in the development of an effective tech-talent pipeline in West Michigan.

  • Nonprofit Technical Assistance Fund

    Amount Awarded: $40,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2019

    For consulting services to help meet technical and organizational capacity needs.

  • Samaritas

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2019

    To convene core multi-sector partners around engaging our immigrant and refugee community in the creation of a strategic welcoming plan for Kent County in 2019.

  • Friends of Grand Rapids Parks

    Amount Awarded: $200,000

    Date Awarded: Dec. 2018

    To enhance FGRP’s ability to focus on community engagement and environmental justice through parks and trees.

  • KConnect

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Dec. 2018

    To facilitate the development of a comprehensive community plan to address homelessness and affordable housing in Kent County.

  • Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Dec. 2018

    To provide Mental Health First Aid training to staff and volunteers at four nonprofit agencies in the Heartside neighborhood.


  • Grand Rapids Nehemiah Project

    Amount Awarded: $150,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2018

    Supporting the “Ignite: The Movement” capital campaign to purchase and renovate 1530 Madison Ave to create a permanent, sustainable, and multi-use space created through an economic and racial equity lens.

  • NIA Centre

    Amount Awarded: $100,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2018

    For project development and pre-campaign efforts towards the goals of establishing a business plan, continuing to grow their audience and expand programming.

  • Opportunity Resource Fund

    Amount Awarded: $150,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2018

    Support the establishment of the Fresh Opportunity Mortgage Program in Grand Rapids, which will provide home mortgage loans to people who have been denied by traditional sources of credit.

  • Samaritas

    Amount Awarded: $4,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2018

    Supporting engagement of the broader Grand Rapids community on the economic impact of immigrants and refugees as a catalyst to make our community more welcoming and diverse.

  • Westside Collaborative

    Amount Awarded: $7,500

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2018

    Investment in a collective project to create an online tutor and parent literacy curriculum to reduce literacy inequities in GRPS neighborhood schools on the Westside of Grand Rapids.

  • Grand Rapids Public Schools

    Amount Awarded: $290,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2018

    To support year eight of Challenge Scholars at Harrison Park, Westwood Middle School, and Union High School to promote post-secondary readiness, access and success for all students.

  • Grand Valley University Foundation

    Amount Awarded: $200,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2018

    For the establishment of a Scholar in Residence for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

  • Habitat for Humanity of Kent County

    Amount Awarded: $800,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2018

    Investment in the Brighter Future Campaign for Roosevelt Park - a comprehensive market intervention strategy to increase home ownership and establish a sustainable land acquisition fund.

  • Michigan Nonprofit Association

    Amount Awarded: $150,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2018

    Supporting the Michigan Nonprofit Counts Campaign to mobilize organizations in Kent County, to encourage participation in the 2020 Census while building capacity to further advocacy issues in communities.

  • Spectrum Health Foundation

    Amount Awarded: $40,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2018

    For continuation of the Youth Tobacco Prevention Program, a classroom-based tobacco prevention education for K-12 students, including education, advocacy and refusal skill development.

  • The Right Place Foundation

    Amount Awarded: $50,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2018

    Support for participation in an Inclusive Development Lab where outreach and research exercises will lead to a compelling business case for inclusion.