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

  • Institute of Ubuntu

    Amount Awarded: $200,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2020

    Supporting the Black Impact Collective’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.

  • 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. 

  • Grand Rapids Public Museum Foundation

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2019

    In support of the Changing America exhibit, which focuses on the transition of America by reflecting on the Emancipation Proclamation and March on Washington.

  • Artists Creating Together

    Amount Awarded: $100,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2019

    Supporting ACT's IMPACT capital campaign to construct a new permanent art studio space and support the creation of mobile art studio.

  • Nonprofit Technical Assistance Fund

    Amount Awarded: $40,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2019

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

  • Samaritas

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2019

    To convene core multi-sector partners around engaging our immigrant and refugee community in the creation of a strategic welcoming plan for Kent County in 2019.

  • Samaritas

    Amount Awarded: $4,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2018

    Supporting engagement of the broader Grand Rapids community on the economic impact of immigrants and refugees as a catalyst to make our community more welcoming and diverse.

  • NIA Centre

    Amount Awarded: $100,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2018

    For project development and pre-campaign efforts towards the goals of establishing a business plan, continuing to grow their audience and expand programming.

  • Grand Valley University Foundation

    Amount Awarded: $200,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2018

    For the establishment of a Scholar in Residence for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

  • Michigan Nonprofit Association

    Amount Awarded: $150,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2018

    Supporting the Michigan Nonprofit Counts Campaign to mobilize organizations in Kent County, to encourage participation in the 2020 Census while building capacity to further advocacy issues in communities.