New Grants Provide for the Arts, Home Foreclosure Prevention, a Diversity Initiative and More

The Board of Trustees of Grand Rapids Community Foundation recently approved grants totaling $813,650 to a variety of nonprofit organizations in Kent County.

Kent Intermediate School District received $133,651 to provide diversity training for all ninth grade students in Kent County’s public, private and parochial school districts.

Opera Grand Rapids was awarded $100,000 towards its new facility that will meet its office, rehearsal and costume shop space needs. The space will also allow the opera to expand its educational and outreach programs.

Arbor Circle Corporation received a $50,000 grant to provide in-home prevention services to families with children who have been identified as at-risk for child abuse and/or neglect.

Reentry Employment Resource Center received $100,000 to continue the work of preparing ex-offenders for employment and placing ex-offenders in positions with participating employers.

Fair Housing Center of West Michigan was awarded $50,000 to hire a Community Foreclosure Coordinator to increase awareness of services that are available to homeowners facing foreclosure.

Legal Aid of Western Michigan received $50,000 to provide legal support to homeowners facing foreclosure through litigation, policy advocacy, community education and collaboration.

Lighthouse Communities Inc. was awarded $150,000 to rehabilitate a new space in Southtown to accommodate its continued growth and further expand its organizational capacity.

Senior Neighbors Inc. received a $50,000 grant to renovate and construct a new Downtown Senior Neighbors Center. The new space will allow the organization to increase the number of individuals it serves with congregate meals and recreational opportunities.

Family Outreach Center received $100,000 to continue the funding of the Family and Community Compact program.

Grand Rapids Symphony was awarded $30,000 to transform its ticketing operations and position the symphony to increase numbers and diversity of patrons, and promote growth.

To learn more about these grants, please contact Roberta King at 616.454.1751.