Grand Rapids Community Foundation recently awarded $385,000 to four local nonprofits. The awards range from $25,000 to $150,000 and are aimed to improve neighborhoods, health, engagement and the environment of Kent County.
Habitat for Humanity of Kent County was awarded $150,000 for its Building Blocks program. The two-year program is expected to have 36-40 properties restored and/or rehabilitated. Qualifying families have incomes between $18,000 and $31,000 per year. Families are required to attend home ownership classes consisting of home maintenance and financial management and provide 300 to 500 hours of sweat equity before purchasing their homes.
West Michigan Trails and Greenways Coalition will receive $150,000 for trail expansion and improvements, including building key trail-connectors, establishing a trail ancillary maintenance fund and installing signage, shelters and amenities on the non-motorized regional trail network in West Michigan.
Also benefiting from a Community Foundation grant is Health Intervention Services (HIS). $60,000 is being awarded to assist HIS is reconstructing some rooms to accommodate two dental operatories, a nursing station and an improved volunteer area. With the award, Health Invention Services will double the number of patients served.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will be receiving $25,000 to implement three Grand Rapids area capacity building activities. The program will include a one-on-one intensive consultations for leadership arts organizations; two seminars for 150 staff and board members of the greater Grand Rapids arts and cultural community; and a plan for marketing the arts in West Michigan to assist local arts and organization in attracting regional/national attention and financial support.