Economic Prosperity

Careers + Financial Prosperity

We invest in workforce development that results in sustainable, living wage jobs with competitive benefits. We also seek to increase access to capital and opportunities for historically under-resourced entrepreneurs.

Recent Grants From This Area

Recipient

Amount

Date

Purpose

  • Project GREEN

    Amount Awarded: $100,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2022

    To support advocacy, education and convening of partners around fair lending and economic empowerment for low- to moderate-income households.

  • Rende Progress Capital

    Amount Awarded: $331,250

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2022

    To continue relief lending efforts for excluded entrepreneurs of color negatively impacted by COVID-19.

  • Black Impact Collaborative

    Amount Awarded: $318,300

    Date Awarded: Dec. 2021

    To provide technology and training as well as end-of-life and estate planning for Black elders. Additionally, providing protection amidst pandemic conditions for incarcerated individuals and reintegration support for Black people who are incarcerated in Greater Grand Rapids. This partnership was made possible by the Lucy E. Barnett Trust for the Elderly and the Gordon and Mary Bowman Fund.

  • Council of Michigan Foundations

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Dec. 2021

    To support the Statewide Equity Fund designed to advance equitable strategies to address systemic challenges laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic. This partnership was made possible by the Kent County COVID-19 Recovery Fund.

  • Ferris Foundation

    Amount Awarded: $150,000

    Date Awarded: Dec. 2021

    Enhance Latino Business and Economic Development Center efforts to reduce economic disparity, increase civic engagement, and offer leadership development in the Latino community. 

  • Midwest Tech Project

    Amount Awarded: $150,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2021

    To support the continuing development of a gender and racially diverse technology talent pipeline in West Michigan that provides equitable onramps for skill building, employment and entrepreneurship.

  • Treetops Collective

    Amount Awarded: $100,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2021

    Supporting Concentric: Multiplying New American Leaders program, increasing the impact of New American leaders through training and mentorship while sustainably growing their holistic model of connecting women to resources and opportunities. 

  • Hispanic Center of Western Michigan

    Amount Awarded: $125,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2021

    To support, empower and advocate for Latinx communities in West Michigan by building internal capacity, strengthening their planning, and continuing their important work. 

  • Start Garden

    Amount Awarded: $250,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2021

    To support BIPOC entrepreneurs by increasing access to financial, social, and intellectual capital.

  • West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology

    Amount Awarded: $200,000

    Date Awarded: Dec. 2020

    To advance meaningful data collection, evaluation of adult workforce development programs and to support Community Catalysts cohorts. 

  • Women's Resource Center

    Amount Awarded: $150,000

    Date Awarded: Dec. 2020

    To ensure continued support for women facing the greatest barriers to attaining employment and economic independence.  This partnership was made possible by the George M Ames Fund and Fund for Community Good.

  • Rende Progress Capital

    Amount Awarded: $250,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2020

    To provide flexible capital for excluded entrepreneurs facing the economic consequences of COVID-19. This partnership was made possible by the Kent County COVID-19 Recovery Fund and Fund for Community Good.

  • Grand Rapids Urban League

    Amount Awarded: $150,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2020

    To provide trusted employment, youth development, and health education supports in communities of color.

  • Heart of West Michigan United Way

    Amount Awarded: $50,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2020

    Kent County Coronavirus Response Fund to meet immediate needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This partnership was made possible by the Lucy E. Barnett Trust for the Elderly.

  • Hispanic Center of Western Michigan

    Amount Awarded: $25,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2020

    To support the distribution of funds through the La Lucha Fund.

  • La Lucha Fund

    Amount Awarded: $100,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2020

    To provide direct financial support to people who are undocumented or mixed status families in Kent County in partnership with Movimiento Cosecha, Grand Rapids Area Mutual Aid Network and LatinxGR.

  • West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation

    Amount Awarded: $150,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2020

    To help Latinx owned businesses navigate the economic consequences of COVID-19. This partnership was made possible by the Kent County COVID-19 Recovery Fund and Fund for Community Good.

  • Women's Resource Center

    Amount Awarded: $9,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2020

    To pursue relocation opportunities that better position the organization to address growing demand for services.