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

  • Nonprofit Technical Assitance Fund

    Amount Awarded: $40,000

    Date Awarded: Dec. 2016

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2016

    To support grassroots efforts and media outreach aimed at engaging diverse audiences for three UICA exhibitions:  US IS THEM, Here + Now and the Seitu Jones foodways project.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Hope Network Workforce Development

    Amount Awarded: $75,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2016

    To improve the likelihood that justice-involved veterans and those with service-related disabilities secure and maintain employment that results in personal and family self-sufficiency and prosperity.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ArtPrize

    Amount Awarded: $40,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2016

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

  • Family Promise

    Amount Awarded: $100,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2016

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

  • 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 Opportunities for Women (GROW)

    Amount Awarded: $30,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2016

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

  • 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.

  • 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: Oct. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.