Engagement

Arts + Culture

We invest in opportunities that seek to sustain arts and cultural opportunities to advance equity and are led by or primarily reach communities of color. We also invest in leaders and networks that inspire, grow and connect movements aimed at advancing equity.

Recent Grants From This Area

Recipient

Amount

Date

Purpose

  • 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.

  • 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.   

  • 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.  

  • 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.   

  • 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.   

  • 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: $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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Senior Sing Along

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2019

    Arts enrichment programming at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

  • The Diatribe

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2019

    Supporting the 2019-2020 Poetry Empowered program.

  • 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.