Grants Awarded

Here Are Our Recent Grant Partnerships

All across Kent County, we are committed to creating a community that aggressively seeks to put an end to inequity. The grants listed below are awarded from our Fund for Community Good (unrestricted fund) and field of interest funds. Field of interest funds are funds established by a donor partner to address a specific issue. Where applicable, significant support from a field of interest fund has been noted.

2020-2021 Fiscal Year

Recipient

Amount

Date

Purpose

  • Samaritas

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2020

    To launch the Gateways for Growth Welcome plan to integrate immigrants, foster economic growth and promote inclusion for all Grand Rapids residents.

  • City of Grand Rapids

    Amount Awarded: $800,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2020

    To embed and lead with equity in City and City-influenced policies, practices, contracts and programming related to the Grand River restoration project. This partnership was made possible by the Charles Evenson Fund for the Environment, The J. Leslie Livingston Memorial Fund, and Fund for Community Good.

Last Fiscal Year

Recipient

Amount

Date

Purpose

  • Baxter Community Center

    Amount Awarded: $400,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2020

    To maximize organizational potential and secure a sustainable future of service to our community.

  • Institute of Ubuntu

    Amount Awarded: $200,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2020

    Supporting the Black Impact Collaborative’s exploration of seven impact areas for the immediate and post COVID-19 recovery for Black and African American people living in greater-Grand Rapids. This partnership was made possible by the Lucy E. Barnett Trust for the Elderly and Fund for Community Good.

  • Rende Progress Capital

    Amount Awarded: $250,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2020

    To provide flexible capital for excluded entrepreneurs facing the economic consequences of COVID-19. This partnership was made possible by the Kent County COVID-19 Recovery Fund and Fund for Community Good.

  • Family Outreach Center

    Amount Awarded: $50,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2020

    To support the high demand for culturally responsive mental health services to children and adults.

  • Grand Rapids Urban League

    Amount Awarded: $150,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2020

    To provide trusted employment, youth development, and health education supports in communities of color.

  • Heart of West Michigan United Way

    Amount Awarded: $50,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2020

    Kent County Coronavirus Response Fund to meet immediate needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This partnership was made possible by the Lucy E. Barnett Trust for the Elderly.

  • Hispanic Center of Western Michigan

    Amount Awarded: $25,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2020

    Multilingual translation and interpretation services related to COVID-19 information and community resources.

  • Hispanic Center of Western Michigan

    Amount Awarded: $25,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2020

    To support the distribution of funds through the La Lucha Fund.

  • Kent School Services Network

    Amount Awarded: $500,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2020

    To support the community school model that ensures students have access to physical health, mental health, and human services within their schools.

  • La Lucha Fund

    Amount Awarded: $100,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2020

    To provide direct financial support to people who are undocumented or mixed status families in Kent County in partnership with Movimiento Cosecha, Grand Rapids Area Mutual Aid Network and LatinxGR.

  • Samaritas

    Amount Awarded: $100,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2020

    In support of a new 53-unit affordable living community for older adults in Grand Rapids. This partnership was made possible by the Lucy E. Barnett Trust for the Elderly.

  • Steepletown Neighborhood Services

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2020

    To explore new approaches for how critical services can continue to be provided as the organization transitions to independence.

  • United Methodist Community House

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2020

    To explore opportunities for program and operational growth.

  • West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation

    Amount Awarded: $150,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2020

    To help Latinx owned businesses navigate the economic consequences of COVID-19. This partnership was made possible by the Kent County COVID-19 Recovery Fund and Fund for Community Good.

  • Women's Resource Center

    Amount Awarded: $9,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2020

    To pursue relocation opportunities that better position the organization to address growing demand for services.

  • KConnect

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2020

    To finalize the development of a comprehensive community plan to address child & family housing insecurity & racialized disparities in Kent County.

  • Immigrant Connection

    Amount Awarded: $100,000

    Date Awarded: Dec. 2019

    Supporting program expansion and outreach efforts to provide low-cost legal services to immigrants to secure legal status, citizenship, and family unity.

  • Nonprofit Technical Assistance Fund

    Amount Awarded: $80,000

    Date Awarded: Dec. 2019

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

  • 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. This partnership was made possible by the Leonard and Eileen Newman Fund for the Arts.

  • 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.