Neighborhoods

Housing + Business Districts

We seek to create greater access to housing prosperity for all who call Kent County home. We invest in the production and preservation of equitable, stable, quality, affordable housing in historically under-resourced neighborhoods.


Recent Grants From This Area

Recipient

Amount

Date

Purpose

  • Boston Square Neighborhood Association

    Amount Awarded: $1,500

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2022

    Support for Our Neighbors. This partnership was made possible by support from the Fund for Neighborhoods.

  • AYA Youth Collective

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2022

    To support youth experiencing homelessness through the Youth Stability Fund. This partnership was made possible by the Kathryn L. Adamson Fund for Children, Hydro-Chem Systems Fund for Children, Needy Children Field of Interest Fund, Homeless Prevention Endowment Fund, and Kenneth M. Sweers Fund for the Homeless.

  • Immigrant Assistance Center of West Michigan

    Amount Awarded: $50,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2022

    To provide low-cost and pro-bono immigration legal services.

  • Michigan Solidarity Bail Fund

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2022

    To support a revolving bail fund organized through a community collective.

  • Oakdale Neighbors

    Amount Awarded: $1,500

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2022

    Boston Square Neighborhood Association, Support for Our Neighbors.

  • City of Grand Rapids

    Amount Awarded: $175,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2022

    This grant supports the Participatory Budgeting process, ensuring residents determine how public funds are spent to improve their neighborhood. This partnership was made possible by the Kent County COVID-19 Recovery Fund.

  • LINC Up

    Amount Awarded: $14,040

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2022

    To provide strategic executive leadership support.

  • KConnect

    Amount Awarded: $300,000

    Date Awarded: Dec. 2021

    To support the launch and operations of Housing Kent, a community-led effort to drive equitable system change in housing. This backbone organization specifically focuses on addressing the disparate outcomes for Black and Latinx residents in our community.

  • 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.

  • 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.   

  • 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.  

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.