Academic Achievement

We strive for educational equity, where race, ethnicity and first-generation status are not predictive of post-secondary enrollment, persistence and degree or credential attainment.

Recent Grants From this Area





  • 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.

  • 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.

  • United Methodist Community House

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2020

    To explore opportunities for program and operational growth.

  • 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.

  • Westside Collaborative

    Amount Awarded: $7,500

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2018

    Investment in a collective project to create an online tutor and parent literacy curriculum to reduce literacy inequities in GRPS neighborhood schools on the Westside of Grand Rapids.

  • Grand Rapids Public Schools

    Amount Awarded: $290,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2018

    To support year eight of Challenge Scholars at Harrison Park, Westwood Middle School, and Union High School to promote post-secondary readiness, access and success for all students.