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

  • 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.

  • Start Garden

    Amount Awarded: $300,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2019

    Supporting Start Garden 100 to ensure that we are creating entrepreneurship opportunities in Grand Rapids, with a specific focus on people of color and women entrepreneurs.

  • Project GREEN

    Amount Awarded: $200,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2019

    Advocacy, education and convening of partners in the community around fair lending and economic empowerment for low- to moderate-income households.

  • Midwest Tech Project

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2019

    Addressing equity in the technology industry by engaging millennials, women, parents, students and community organizations to assist in the development of an effective tech-talent pipeline in West Michigan.