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.

2021-2022 Fiscal Year

Recipient

Amount

Date

Purpose

  • African Collaborative Network

    Amount Awarded: $150,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2021

    To uplift African voices in decision-making spaces by supporting advocacy and community organizing for better outcomes in health, economics, and education through programming, resource connection, and networking.  

  • Grand Rapids Public Schools

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2021

    To support expanded stakeholder engagement in Grand Rapids Public School's Strategic Planning process. This partnership was made possible by the William H. and Inetta P. Martindill Fund.

  • Seeds of Promise

    Amount Awarded: $200,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2021

    To support a place-based community improvement initiative that empowers those who live in the neighborhood to direct their own solutions.

  • The Diatribe

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2021

    Capacity building to expand performing arts programming and services that empower youth to raise awareness of social issues. This partnership was made possible by the Fund for Arts and Social Engagement and the Leonard and Eileen Newman Fund for the Arts.

  • Camp Always Rising Youth Voices

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2021

    A free 3-day camp experience for up to 12 middle-school students that helps equip them for community organizing, activism and advocacy. 

  • Immigrant Assistance Center of West Michigan

    Amount Awarded: $25,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2021

    For program expansion to provide immigration legal services and education for low-income individuals.

  • Midwest Tech Project

    Amount Awarded: $150,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2021

    To support the continuing development of a gender and racially diverse technology talent pipeline in West Michigan that provides equitable onramps for skill building, employment and entrepreneurship.

  • Young Money Finances

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2021

    To empower teens to take control of their finances through culturally responsive financial education. This partnership was made possible by the George M. Ames Fund.

2020-2021 Fiscal Year

Recipient

Amount

Date

Purpose

  • A Mother's Touch

    Amount Awarded: $2,700

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2021

    Transitional housing support for women and children experiencing homelessness. This partnership was made possible by the Kenneth M. Sweers Fund for the Homeless.   

  • Community Food Clubs

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2021

    To ensure access to healthy food and consumer choice in grocery options. This partnership was made possible by the Armand F. Gretchen B. Burch Fund.    

  • DisArt

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2021

    To support the Black and Disability Civil Rights Exhibition. This partnership was made possible by Leonard and Eileen Newman Fund for the Arts.    

  • Ebony Road Players

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2021

    To create a more inclusive performing arts community for kids and adults. This partnership was made possible by the Leonard and Eileen Newman Fund for the Arts.   

  • Grand Rapids African American Health Institute

    Amount Awarded: $750,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2021

    Enhance the organizational capacity and full potential for sustainability while meeting the needs of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. This partnership was made possible by the Kent County COVID-19 Recovery Fund and Fund for Community Good.

  • Grand Rapids Public Schools

    Amount Awarded: $187,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2021

    Part of an ongoing relationship to promote post-secondary readiness, access, and success for all students. The support includes funding for Challenge Scholars programming at Harrison Park, Westwood Middle School, and Union High School.

  • Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2021

    To sustain art programming for youth in the Grandville Avenue neighborhood. This partnership was made possible by the Leonard and Eileen Newman Fund for the Arts.   

  • Host Productions Community Theatre

    Amount Awarded: $5,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2021

    For the development of a performing arts space. This partnership was made possible by Leonard and Eileen Newman Fund for the Arts.  

  • Mixed Roots Collective

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2021

    To grow artists who educate audiences about social justice through the performing arts. This partnership was made possible by the Leonard and Eileen Newman Fund for the Arts.   

  • Mus(ed)

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2021

    For the growth and development of youth in the arts. This partnership was made possible by the Leonard and Eileen Newman Fund for the Arts. 

  • New City Kids

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2021

    To empower youth through music, academic, and leadership development. This partnership was made possible by the Robert D. Mieras Fund for Dance and Music.   

  • New Destiny Pathways

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2021

    Transitional housing support for women experiencing homelessness after aging out of foster care. This partnership was made possible by the Homeless Prevention Endowment Fund.  

  • Our Kitchen Table

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2021

    For the Southeast Farmer’s Market. This partnership was made possible by the Armand F. and Gretchen B. Burch Fund and the Gordon and Janet Moeller Food Security Fund.  

  • Puertas Abiertas

    Amount Awarded: $17,500

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2021

    Supporting a comprehensive program for Latina women and their families by providing culturally competent advocacy and services. This partnership was made possible by the Fund for Health, Emma Sherwood Evans Disbursing Account, and Fund for Community Good.

  • Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association

    Amount Awarded: $5,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2021

    To support the Cesar Chavez Farmer’s Market. This partnership was possible by the Gordon and Janet Moeller Food Security Fund.  

  • Seeds of Promise

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2021

    Facilitate improvement of resident’s access to cost-effective housing repairs. This partnership was made possible by the Fund for Neighborhoods and Fund for Community Good.

  • Treetops Collective

    Amount Awarded: $100,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2021

    Supporting Concentric: Multiplying New American Leaders program, increasing the impact of New American leaders through training and mentorship while sustainably growing their holistic model of connecting women to resources and opportunities. 

  • West Michigan Jewels of Africa

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2021

    To increase access to African history taught through storytelling and traditional African drum and dance artistry. This partnership by Robert D. Mieras Fund for Dance and Music.   

  • Baxter Community Center

    Amount Awarded: $25,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2021

    To address equitable COVID-19 vaccine access for older adults. This partnership was made possible by the Lucy E. Barnett Trust for the Elderly. 

  • Baxter Community Center

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2021

    To support the doula program and improve birth outcomes in communities of color. This partnership was made possible by the Elizabeth J. Steed Johnson Fund for Healthcare and Community Health. 

  • Baxter Community Center

    Amount Awarded: $4,500

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2021

    To support the Mizizi Maj Mentoring healing through the arts program. This partnership was made possible by the Leonard and Eileen Newman Fund for the Arts. 

  • Cherry Health

    Amount Awarded: $60,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2021

    To provide cultural competency and implicit bias training to front-line and executive staff. This partnership was made possible by the Patricia Haan Timmer Fund for Downtown Charities. 

  • Grand Rapids Pride Center

    Amount Awarded: $23,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2021

    To create safe and affirming spaces for LGBTQ+ community members. This partnership was made possible by the Social Venture Investors Fund and the Elizabeth J. Steed Johnson Fund for Healthcare and Community Health.

  • Grand Rapids Public Schools

    Amount Awarded: $240,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2021

    Part of an ongoing relationship to promote post-secondary readiness, access, and success for all students. The support includes funding for Challenge Scholars programming at Harrison Park, Westwood Middle School, and Union High School.

  • Health Net of West Michigan

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2021

    For the growth and capacity building of the FitKids360 program. This partnership was made possible by the Elizabeth J. Steed Johnson Fund for Healthcare and Community Health. 

  • Hispanic Center of Western Michigan

    Amount Awarded: $125,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2021

    To support, empower and advocate for Latinx communities in West Michigan by building internal capacity, strengthening their planning, and continuing their important work. 

  • Immigrant Connection

    Amount Awarded: $350,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2021

    To provide low-cost legal services to elderly immigrants to secure legal status, citizenship, and family unity. This partnership was made possible by the Lucy E. Barnett Trust for the Elderly.

  • Mental Health Clinicians of Color

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2021

    For the launch of the Clinicians of Color directory and the developing network of mental health professionals of color. This partnership was made possible by the Elizabeth J. Steed Johnson Fund for Healthcare and Community Health.

  • New City Neighbors

    Amount Awarded: $150,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2021

    To transition to a new permanent location to continue youth employment, training, and mentoring through good food in an inclusive space. 

  • Start Garden

    Amount Awarded: $250,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2021

    To support BIPOC entrepreneurs by increasing access to financial, social, and intellectual capital.

  • Urban League of West Michigan

    Amount Awarded: $250,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2021

    Implementation of an evidence-based violence prevention model that frames community violence as a public health issue. 

  • African Resource Center of West Michigan

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2021

    To support FutureNow!, a youth support program that focuses on ensuring participants are able to achieve academic excellence and flourish in community. This partnership was made possible by the William H. and Inetta P. Martindill Fund.

  • The Diatribe

    Amount Awarded: $100,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2021

    For Project 49507, a people of color-, LGBTQ- and youth-led project, rooted in collaboration, teaching students about housing discrimination, and organizing and commissioning community art for and by POC in the 49507 neighborhood. This partnership was made possible by the Leonard and Eileen Newman Fund for the Arts.

  • Justice for Our Neighbors - Michigan

    Amount Awarded: $150,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2021

    To provide legal services to immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, to understand their choices and navigate the complex legal system. 

  • Michigan Justice Fund

    Amount Awarded: $150,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2021

    To advance effective and equitable justice policy, practices, and funding in the state of Michigan.

  • Urban Core Collective

    Amount Awarded: $750,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2021

    To support the community of practice as they work together to develop equity-conscious leaders and address racial inequities

  • West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum

    Amount Awarded: $25,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2021

    To work alongside community residents, Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association and Grandville Avenue Business Association to address environmental justice and safety concerns on Grandville Avenue.  This partnership was made possible by the Charles Evenson Fund for the Environment.

  • Seeds of Promise

    Amount Awarded: $5,000

    Date Awarded: Dec. 2020

    For development of a community Health Information Hub to provide health education for communities of color.

  • Various Organizations

    Amount Awarded: $140,000

    Date Awarded: Dec. 2020

    To support organizations working together to implement best practices for providing in-person, academic support of K-12 students and families doing virtual learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Organizations include Baxter Community Center, Boys and Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth, Bridge Street Ministries, Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities, New City Kids, The Other Way Ministries and YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids.

  • West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology

    Amount Awarded: $200,000

    Date Awarded: Dec. 2020

    To advance meaningful data collection, evaluation of adult workforce development programs and to support Community Catalysts cohorts. 

  • Women's Resource Center

    Amount Awarded: $150,000

    Date Awarded: Dec. 2020

    To ensure continued support for women facing the greatest barriers to attaining employment and economic independence.  This partnership was made possible by the George M Ames Fund and Fund for Community Good.

  • 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.

2019-2020 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.