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

  • Home Repair Services

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2017

    Helping Kent County homeowners identify and prioritize home maintenance and repair items, and connecting them with resources that promote safe and stable housing.

Last 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.