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.  

Current Fiscal Year

Recipient

Amount

Date

Purpose

  • Center for African American Art and History

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2017

    Supporting the "My Story" Program, a series of community exhibits and discussions featuring speakers who illuminate issues impacting the African American community.

  • First Steps Kent

    Amount Awarded: $270,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2017

    To support restructuring efforts for First Steps Kent to become Kent County’s early childhood collective impact backbone organization. 

  • Local First Educational Foundation

    Amount Awarded: $250,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2017

    To expand Local First's efforts to educate, empower, inspire and equip local businesses to become a force for good within Grand Rapids.

  • Children’s Assessment Center

    Amount Awarded: $100,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2017

    To purchase and renovate an existing building that will double their current size and allow them to serve more children.

  • Community Rebuilders

    Amount Awarded: $250,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2017

    To support programing that will address the unmet health and wellness needs of Kent County Veterans.

  • Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2017

    Supporting the Grandma’s Voices Oral Histories Project, a multimedia project focused on preserving oral histories of elderly African American community members.

  • Grand Rapids Public Schools

    Amount Awarded: $500,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2017

    To support year seven of Challenge Scholars, the  partnership pipeline at Harrison Park, Westwood Middle School, and Union High School that promotes post-secondary learning for all students.

  • Grand Rapids Urban League

    Amount Awarded: $150,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2017

    To create a coordinated diversion program to assist families in stabilizing their housing crisis, eliminating their need for shelter and other emergency services.

  • Senior Neighbors

    Amount Awarded: $382,500

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2017

    To provide one-on-one tutoring in reading and math for children at Harrison Park, Sibley and Stocking Elementary Schools, for three years through Foster Grandparents: Traveling Grannies and Grandpas.

  • The SOURCE

    Amount Awarded: $20,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2017

    To launch a program focused on teaching IT skills to people currently working in low-wage positions. 

  • Actors' Theatre Company

    Amount Awarded: $7,500

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2017

    Supporting the creation of a documentary to capture Grand Rapids' unique theater history both locally and nationally.

  • LINC UP

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2017

    To support the Midwest Tech Project, which connects inner city youth to the world of technology and tech related industries.

  • National Kidney Foundation of Michigan

    Amount Awarded: $117,500

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2017

    To galvanize efforts to prevent Type 2 Diabetes in disproportionately at-risk Hispanic and African American adult populations living in the greater Grand Rapids area communities.

  • Hispanic Center of Western Michigan

    Amount Awarded: $50,000

    Date Awarded: Dec. 2016

    To expand current training programs to include business management, skilled trades, STEM programs in partnership with public schools and community colleges/trade schools.

  • Special Olympics Michigan

    Amount Awarded: $5,000

    Date Awarded: Dec. 2016

    Expansion of the Healthy Athletes program, which provides free health screenings, education, and services to participating athletes.

  • Nonprofit Technical Assitance Fund

    Amount Awarded: $40,000

    Date Awarded: Dec. 2016

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

  • Dwelling Place

    Amount Awarded: $500,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2016

    To help construct multifamily, quality affordable housing for families living on Grand Rapids’ West Side. (This grant is contingent on the approval of Low-Income Housing Tax Credits support.)

  • KConnect

    Amount Awarded: $375,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2016

    To help local organizations share data and track their collective impact in creating a clear path to economic prosperity for all children in Kent County. It addresses pervasive inequity—in housing, transportation, education, healthcare and economic security—by creating a common agenda and shared measurements.

  • Kingdom Minded Ministries

    Amount Awarded: $5,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2016

    To help establish a food service job training and certification trade school aimed at helping people returning to the community following incarceration. The funds will be used for uniforms and equipment to launch the program.

  • Land Conservancy of West Michigan

    Amount Awarded: $400,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2016

    Supporting the purchase of the Highlands Golf Course property, in partnership with Blandford Nature Center, to create a permanent community green space and natural discovery area.

  • Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2016

    To support grassroots and media outreach to invite and engage diverse audiences for UICA's exhibitions US IS THEM, Here + Now, and Seitu Jones foodways project.

  • West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology

    Amount Awarded: $100,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2016

    Towards WMCAT's capital campaign to build a larger permanent facility on the city’s West Side.

  • Kent School Services Network

    Amount Awarded: $75,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2016

    To continue funding for the Kent School Services Network to support the community school coordinators and clinicians.

  • Spectrum Health Foundation

    Amount Awarded: $30,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2016

    For continuation of its school-based Youth Tobacco Prevention program, which includes Tobacco-No Way!, Nicoteam, and Teens Against Tobacco Use.

  • Trout Unlimited

    Amount Awarded: $75,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2016

    To continue the Rogue Home Rivers Initiative, a collaborative watershed project that protects, reconnects, restores and engages stakeholders in caring for this urban trout fishery.

  • West Michigan Partnership for Children

    Amount Awarded: $235,040

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2016

    For Mindshare automation to provide immediate analysis and predictive modeling for improving outcomes for families, including the health arena.

Last Fiscal Year

Recipient

Amount

Date

Purpose

  • Migrant Legal Aid

    Amount Awarded: $50,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2016

    To train persons who will be able to educate workers on the new Worker Protection Standards Regulations.

  • Grand Rapids Public Schools

    Amount Awarded: $500,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2016

    To support Year Six of a Partnership Pipeline at Harrison Park, Westwood Middle School and Union High School that promotes post-secondary learning for all students.

  • Arbor Circle

    Amount Awarded: $182,600

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2016

    To improve access to mental health care for homeless, runaway and at-risk youth through co-located, community-based sites in Kent and eastern Ottawa counties.

  • City of Grand Rapids

    Amount Awarded: $20,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2016

    To develop leadership capacity in the South Division Avenue corridor and improve understanding between neighborhoods and government while creating an Area Specific Plan.

  • Friends of Grand Rapids Parks

    Amount Awarded: $213,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2016

    To get residents and neighborhoods more involved in protecting, enhancing and expanding Grand Rapids' urban forest.

  • Grand Rapids Art Museum

    Amount Awarded: $50,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2016

    To support a community research and collaboration initiative to make GRAM more inclusive of the diverse audiences represented in Kent County.

  • Kent School Services Network (KSSN)

    Amount Awarded: $750,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2016

    To coordinate health and human services directly within school buildings so students and families have onsite support for their health and human service needs.

  • Family Promise

    Amount Awarded: $100,000

    Date Awarded: Dec. 2015

    To help expand this emergency shelter for families experiencing homelessness and increase services to help them find affordable permanent housing.

  • Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW)

    Amount Awarded: $30,000

    Date Awarded: Dec. 2015

    To expand GROW's microloan fund for businesses owned by entrepreneurs, particularly women and people of color. This group often cannot secure traditional loans.

  • Habitat for Humanity of Kent County

    Amount Awarded: $500,000

    Date Awarded: Dec. 2015

    To support Habitat Kent's Building Blocks strategy that focuses on neighborhood revitalization in Grand Rapids' west side through new home construction and rehab and repairs of existing homes. Habitat Kent will develop and preserve affordable housing opportunities and revitalize west side focus neighborhoods by partnering with 120 families to build or repair their homes.

  • Kent District Library

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Dec. 2015

    To engage diverse populations in communication and creativity by providing access to different perspectives through a variety of educational and entertaining programs featuring African American authors, poets, and educators.

    Giving individuals and groups the opportunity to share their experiences through creative outlets and in safe spaces.

  • Nonprofit Technical Assistance Fund

    Amount Awarded: $40,000

    Date Awarded: Dec. 2015

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

  • Arbor Circle

    Amount Awarded: $150,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2015

    To increase Arbor Circle's capacity to serve runaway and homeless youth by launching three service centers in places where they already go. The Kate Pew Wolters Fund also contributed $150,000 for a total $300,000 grant. With this grant, Arbor Circle will bring outreach and therapeutic services to community sites where youth already receive basic needs support, in order to help youth shift from crisis into long-term stability.

  • ArtPrize

    Amount Awarded: $40,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2015

    To support ArtPrize's efforts to deliberately remove barriers to participation among underserved audiences.

  • Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

    Amount Awarded: $50,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2015

    To support the Minority Business Accelerator that aims to increase the number of businesses owned by people of color in our community.

  • West Grand Neighborhood Organization

    Amount Awarded: $45,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2015

    Leadership funding to increase staff capacity.

  • Camp Fire West Michigan 4C

    Amount Awarded: $100,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2015

    To support implementation of components of QIS model-program quality assessments, improvements and professional development of youth workers in Kent County.

  • Neighborhood Ventures

    Amount Awarded: $25,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2015

    To provide one-year start up staff support for the newly created West Side CID and to guide neighborhood collaborative implementation of a Business Improvement District.

  • Next Step of West Michigan

    Amount Awarded: $100,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2015

    To fund the acquisition and rehabilitation of 100 Garden SE, for the purpose of creating a new home for Next Step of West Michigan.

  • Opportunity Resource Fund

    Amount Awarded: $150,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2015

    To provide support for three years to establish an office in Grand Rapids for the provision of small business loans throughout Kent and surrounding counties.

  • Senior Neighbors, Inc.

    Amount Awarded: $110,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2015

    To support one-time costs of merging with Gerontology Network's Older Adult Volunteer Programs.

  • The Other Way Ministries

    Amount Awarded: $450,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2015

    To impact vulnerable families and the West Side community by engaging residents and empowering them to act on issues of housing, education and economic development.