Somos Comunidad Fund

Centering community voice

Somos Comunidad Fund, led by community volunteers, was established to support Latinx focused and driven initiatives. Informed by Latinx communities in Kent County, the advisory committee strives to create an adaptable approach to balance support for immediate needs while addressing root causes of inequity. Support this cause today by contributing to Somos Comunidad Fund. Your gift will support the fund's endowment, as well as provide resources for immediate grantmaking. This ensures your giving will help now and in the future.

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Want to join Somos Comunidad Fund's Advisory Committee?

Somos Comunidad Fund Advisory Committee is seeking up to three new volunteers to join the committee. No previous experience on community committees needed! Please complete an interest form by June 17, 2024 by clicking here.

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  • Roles and Responsibilities

    Somos Comunidad Fund Advisory Committee meets on the last Thursday of the month from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Click here to read a position description for advisory committee members. Click here to read the fund's charter and racial equity guideposts.

  • More Information

    Our 2022 grantmaking process and priorities were informed by feedback gathered at community engagement sessions. See the whole report here. Then consider watching the recording of the community debrief after grants were awarded by clicking here (English) or here (Spanish).

  • Current Committeee Members

    Current Committee members include Stacy Stout (Co-Chair), Sergio Cira-Reyes (Co-Chair), Ingrid, Aguayo, Reyna Garcia, Alejandra Guillen, Leslie Orduna, Alexis Reame, Laci Resendiz, Juan Rosario, Lea Tobar, and Betsaida Valdivia

2023 Grant Awards





  • Code on Wheels

    Amount Awarded: $9,725

    Date Awarded:

    This grant supports the running of an afterschool programming club for middle and high school students. The club aims to expose students to technology, game programming, and game asset creation, and provide a fun and engaging way for them to learn about these subjects. This grant was made possible through additional support from the Cherry (Mrs. James) Carpenter Fund for Children.

  • Grand Rapids Area Mutual Aid Network

    Amount Awarded: $15,000

    Date Awarded:

    To provide mutual aid and direct giving support to Latinidad communities, especially those who are under-documented.

  • Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded:

    To support Latinx youth in bilingual settings in our three core after school programs: After School Arts, Cook Library After School, and Teen Leaders

  • Hispanic Center of Western Michigan

    Amount Awarded: $15,000

    Date Awarded:

    To remove barriers for Latino community including language, documentation status, etc. to create access to legal services and basic needs.

  • Immigrant Assistance Center of West Michigan

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded:

    Provide equitable, accessible, and professional reduced-fee legal services to vulnerable populations in immigration with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and the National Visa Center.

  • Movimiento Cosecha GR

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded:

    Cosecha GR will acquire a large reliable community vehicle to safely transport members and materials to events and it will display the Cosecha campaign theme.

  • No Surrender Running Club

    Amount Awarded: $9,000

    Date Awarded:

    To build organizational capacity and enhance delivery of culturally responsive programming by offering stipends to bilingual Latina/o/é/x youth practice leaders. This grant was made possible through additional support from the Cherry (Mrs. James) Carpenter Fund for Children.

  • Puertas Abiertas

    Amount Awarded: $15,000

    Date Awarded:

    Latinx Youth Program - Using a combination of support groups, counseling, and community activities, the program seeks to support children who have experienced violence heal from their trauma.

  • Puerto Rican Cultural Committee

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded:

    The Puerto Rican Cultural Committee has been providing cultural and educational experiences for the Puerto Rican community and its allies since 2014. This grant was made possible through additional support from the Charles Evenson Fund for the Environment.

Somos Comunidad Fund accepted applications for funding from community organizations that serve Latinx communities in Kent County for their 2022 grant round. Learn more about the factors that influenced their grant process and decision making.

  • 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. ¿Prefieres leer esto en español? Haga clic aquí.

  • Visualization of Feedback from Community Engagement

    See an infographic, artistic demonstration of the feedback given at the community engagement sessions. 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 9 we hosted an informational session about the grant application and how community listening informed our current grantmaking process, you can view those sessions below. Viewing the session is not a requirement to apply.

    Info Session in English: view here
    Info Session in Spanish: view here

  • Community Debrief Session

    After grant awards were announced, the committee hosted a community debrief session. During this session, staff and volunteers explained the process, the award decisions and invited feedback about the process. Read a summary by clicking here.

A photo of Carlos Sanchez

I am looking forward to two to three decades from now, when people will look at this as the beginning of a different way of doing philanthropy.

Carlos Sanchez, former Somos Comunidad Advisory Committee chairperson

Somos Comunidad Fund Donors July 1st, 2022-June 30th, 2023

  • Anonymous (2)
  • Mr. David A. Baker
  • Amanda Berry
  • Ms. Bonnie L. Blandford
  • Brett Bradshaw
  • Kaylee Moreno Burke
  • Milinda Ysasi Castanon and Rafael Castanon
  • Soyla Castillo
  • Tom C. Clinton
  • Huey G. and Mary Copeland
  • Evelyn Esparza-Gonzalez
  • Giuliana and Aaron Estrada
  • Frey Foundation
  • Terry Gates
  • Mike and Rachel Goorhouse
  • Megan Grimaldi
  • Kevin and Laura Harmelink
  • David Hill and Elizabeth Kidd
  • Win and Kyle Irwin
  • Matthew and Keri Jaynes
  • Sharnita Johnson
  • Marta Johnson-Ebels
  • Lucy Dyer Joswick and Scott Joswick
  • Marlene Kowalski-Braun
  • Mr. and Mrs. William J. Lawrence III
  • Lettie Lundman
  • Janis Lunquist and Michael May
  • El Granjero Mexican Grill
  • Mark Miller and Patsy Allen
  • Mr. Marc Mitchell and Dr. Brandy Lovelady Mitchell
  • Ciciley and Louis Moore
  • Juan and Mary Olivarez
  • Terry McGovern and Carol Paine-McGovern
  • Cynthia Pimm and Vicki Poleni Pimm
  • Claudia and Joe Pohlen
  • John and Ann Puckett
  • Ms. Lupe Ramos-Montigny
  • Alexis and Brandon Reame
  • Laci Reséndiz
  • Rogelio Rodriguez
  • Leslee Rohs
  • Elizabeth Rosario Law, PLC
  • Celeste Sanchez-Lloyd and Robert Lloyd
  • Mary Scanlan and Alain Gadeau
  • Shaun and Ruth Shira
  • Ryan and Emily Slusarzyk
  • Lisa Sostecke DDS
  • Ms. Stacy Stout
  • Jan Strait
  • Jenine and Jose Torres
  • Betsaida Valdivia
  • Erika VanDyke
  • Andy and Tracy Van Solkema
  • Danielle Veldman
  • Lynn Verdusco
  • Larry and Lee Nelson Weber
  • Michael and Mary Alice Williams
  • Marilyn and Garrett Zack

emerging needs grant application

While our Somos Comunidad Fund has limited monetary resources, the advisory committee wants to ensure there are opportunities for emerging and urgent needs requiring support outside of our bi-annual competitive grant award cycle to receive monetary support.

For those situations requiring immediate support for emerging or urgent needs the committee will accept brief proposals on an ongoing basis for rapid response grant requests ranging $500 to $5,000. The award amount will be based on funds available, availability of other resources to address need and severity of the need. The committee will prioritize requests that support reducing barriers to basic and emergency needs within the local Latinx community. Requests must be for an organization; we are unable to grant these funds directly to an individual. Please submit your request through this form. It is also available in Spanish here. All requests will be considered and responded to within 30-days of submission. If you have any questions, please reach out to Chantal Pasag, program officer.

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