Black Legacy Fund

Continuing our legacy

Our Black Legacy Fund, led by community volunteers, builds on the legacy of giving in Black communities in greater Grand Rapids. Support this cause today by contributing to Our Black Legacy Fund. You will have the opportunity to choose an endowed gift or non-endowed. Both ways of giving will help now and in the future. Click here to give today.

Give Now

Black Legacy Fund accepted applications for funding from community organizations with proposals that uplift Black brilliance and improve Black quality of life through the deadline of December 23, 2022.

  • Read the Grant Application Guidelines here

    In our Grant Application Guidelines you can read about eligibility, timeline and the application questions. Click here to view.

  • Brigham Consulting Report

    Our 2022 grantmaking process and priorities were informed by feedback gathered at community engagement sessions. Brigham Consulting detailed the process and themes from those sessions. See the whole report here.

  • Information Session about the Application

    On November 14, we hosted an informational session about the grant application and how community listening informed our current grantmaking process. Watch this informational session.

Black Legacy Fund

Community Engagement Events to Inform Grant Priorities
July 2022

Community Open House

July 2022

Focus Groups

Grant Applications 2022
October 31

Grant Applications Open

Black Legacy Fund grant round application portal opens in Grant Central on October 31.

November 14

Watch our Zoom Session to Learn More About Grant Application

Watch this Zoom Informational Session for a report out from our community listening, and how it informed our current grantmaking priorities and process. This event was recorded, so even if you were unable to attend live, you can watch it! Attending/watching this informational session is not a requirement to apply for a grant from Black Legacy Fund.

Click here to watch
December 23

Black Legacy Fund grant applications closed on December 23, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Dec 27 - Jan 11

Advisory Committee Reviews Applications

Black Legacy Fund's advisory committee reviews all grant applications and may request additional information from applicants while they make decisions about grant awards.

January 18

Grant Awards Announced

All applicants will be notified about funding decisions on or before January 18, 2023.

Grant Round Follow Up

Grant Projects in Progress: Jan 1, 2023 - December 31, 2025

Learning will be shared with community via ongoing engagement.

February 2023

Community Gathering for Feedback

Community is invited to come and hear a review of the grantmaking and funding decision process, share feedback from their experience in this initial round of grantmaking, and identify future engagement touchpoints and strategies.

2023 Grant Awards

  • 1000 Families of Color
  • 15 Pearls and a Promise
  • A Glimpse of Africa
  • BAM Talent
  • Battle Ground JKD
  • Better Wiser Stronger
  • Beyond the City
  • Black Youth Creatives
  • Butterfly Journey
  • Cirque Boucle
  • DOPE Black People
  • Grand Rapids Area Mutual Aid Network
  • Grand Rapids United Rocket Football League
  • Motherland Business Coaching
  • New Destiny Pathways
  • Respite for Wives
  • The Hunt Chapter
  • Together We Are Safe

2022 Relationship Building Grants

  • Better, Wiser, Stronger

  • Black Book Exchange Box

  • Our Kitchen Table

  • Endless Opportunities

  • Legacy of Love LLC

  • Grand Rapids Media Initiative and Film Incubator

  • Young Money Finances

  • Delta Project

  • Aqume Foundation

  • The Deborah House

  • A Glimpse of Africa

  • Be a Rose

  • New Destiny Pathways

  • Mirror Me Inc

  • Black and Brown Cannabis Guild

  • Mus(ed)

  • Mental Health Clinicians of Color

  • Succeeding While Achieving Greatness (SWAG)

  • Dreams Take Work

  • Meaning in Colors

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Our Black Legacy Fund

Over the last few years, the African American Heritage Fund committee members have been exploring the strengths, values and guiding posts of the fund's purpose. Through working with a consultant and deep conversations among the committee members, we are proud to announce the African American Heritage Fund has transitioned its title to our Black Legacy Fund. This intentional renaming is meant to honor the heritage of ancestors, invite a more inclusive understanding of Black communities in Kent County and create a legacy for future generations.