Fostering Community Vibrancy

Building Community


Community is built at the intersection of people and place.  With that understanding, we support projects and programs that range from neighborhood-based initiatives to efforts with broad regional impact that engage residents and foster community vibrancy.

Our grantmaking priorities currently include:

  • Building strong and attractive city centers and vibrant neighborhoods
  • Fostering public/private partnerships to enhance local and regional impact
  • Encouraging well-planned development with broad community input
  • Supporting projects and programs that leverage capital investments and foster urban-rural connections

Featured Stories

Muskegon Farmers’ Market

The Muskegon farmers’ market has always been considered a community asset, a great place to meet friends and buy fresh food. But the 50-year-old structure needed work and lacked amenities such as running water and electricity that market vendors want these days. Its location, tucked in an area with limited visibility and accessibility, also presented challenges.

Habitat Kent

For 30 years, Habitat for Humanity of Kent County has partnered with businesses, non-profit organizations, funders, tradespeople, thousands of volunteers, and qualified Habitat home buyers to help nearly 400 families achieve the dream of owning a home. With that home comes tangible stability – no more moving every few months from rental to rental or relative to relative.

Uprep Academy

In a downtown neighborhood that has struggled for decades, one unique school is demonstrating how a challenging curriculum, high expectations and personal attention set the stage for students to thrive.
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