Engagement

Inclusion, Equity + Cultural Opportunities

We make grants to build community capacity for inclusion and equity.  We also aim to improve access to cultural opportunities that engage diverse populations.

Short-term Outcomes

  • Under-represented populations serve in key leadership, governance or elected position
  • Cultural institutions make data-informed decisions to attract more diverse patrons and volunteers

Recent Grants From This Area

Recipient

Amount

Date

Purpose

  • 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.