Capital support for the Cadillac Common's - a community gathering space in downtown Cadillac, including a farmers market and trailhead connection for the White Pine Trail linking Grand Rapids with the City of Cadillac.
Support for Building Public Will for Arts & Culture in Michigan - a series of workshops for arts professionals to learn data-driven strategies for increasing the power of communications, programming, and outreach.
Support for implementation of new technology in Kent and Muskegon Counties designed to improve participation, access and efficiency of Double Up Food Bucks a healthy food incentive program for low-income families.
Support for a mixed-use, mixed income housing development in downtown Grand Rapids coupled with tested educational programming designed to equip local tenants and homeowners for long-term stability and success.
Support for the acquisition of 177 properties to create and preserve affordable housing opportunities for area families. Funding also includes a formal evaluation of this community effort of unprecendented scale.
Support for the regional Grand River Explorers Trial, a 27-mile accessible and multi-modal pathway following the Grand River Greenway connecting Grand Rapids with Grand Haven and providing linkages through Millenium Park and the campuses of Grand Valley State University.
Program support to expand the reach and impact of PBS Kids programming throughout a 28-county service area.
Children & Families
Student & School Success
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
Support for Assembly 2016, an annual conference for state arts agency staff and volunteer leaders from around the country, hosted by the Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in September 2016.
Support for Contemporary Learning Systems, Inc.'s documentary, Young Hemingway: Finding His Muse In Northern Michigan, and the development of corresponding education modules for use in high schools and college classrooms.
Support for Rapid Growth Media's "On the Ground," a pilot program that focuses on the people, projects and innovations that are shaping the futures of emerging neighborhoods - content often under-reported by traditional news media.
Support for phase II of the "Building Blocks" strategy; a comprehensive revitalization effort designed to develop and preserve affordable housing in Grand Rapids' Westside neighborhoods, with particular emphasis on areas surrounding Challenge Scholars schools.
Support for the South Division Avenue Corridor Area Specific Plan that will engage with residents and stakeholders to plan for revitalization and creation of a sustainable mix of housing, businesses, and institutions.
Support for the Empowered Communities Conference held in Grand Rapids in October 2016 providing diverse attendees a unique opportunity to learn about local policy, best practice approaches, instructional resources and strategies to empower their communities to thrive.
Support for the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Gateway Transformation, which includes design and capital improvements that address key factors for continued growth of the second largest airport in Michigan.
Capital support for the construction of Michigan State University's Grand Rapids Research Center, a new state-of-the-art facility expected to expand the university’s basic and applied biomedical research capabilities and potential to secure highly competitive research funding from the National Institutes of Health.
Support for Challenge Mountain of Walloon Hills to renovate a newly acquired facility and relocate their existing resale store, which generates funding for programming focused on improving the lives of individuals living with disabilities.
Support for the Manna Project's Food 4 Kids Backpack Program that provides shelf-stable, nutritious food every Friday to preschool, Head Start and elementary school children who qualify for free or reduced lunch.
Support for the "Building a Healthy Future" capital campaign to improve facilities at Camp Newaygo, acquire additional property for its expansion and to increase the camp’s endowment in service of West Michigan children.
Support to upgrade the 19,000 square-foot facility located in Northeast Grand Rapids in order to reduce maintenance costs and increase comfort for the out-of-town families being hosted as their children receive extended medical treatment.
Support to engage renowned arts manager, Michael Kaiser, from the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland to guide the Grand Rapids Children's Museum through a capacity building assessment.
Support for the addition of 170 acres to Two Rivers Park in Caledonia Township, tripling the size of the public park and preserving wetlands and habitat in perpetuity in an area of increasing development.
Support for Growing Up Blandford: a capital campaign to construct a new visitor engagement center, wet lab, covered pavilion and observation deck to accommodate the growing demand for environmental education for local students.
Program support to provide an update and recommendations to the International Joint Commissions (IJC) 2000 Great Lakes Report on Diversions, Exports and Consumptive Uses of Water in the Great Lakes Basin.
Support for A Place to Belong capital campaign centered on the acquisition and LEED-certified renovation of a downtown Grand Rapids building to house agency administration and expand community space for vulnerable populations.
Support for two broadly attended community convenings featuring noted scholar and author, john a. powell, an internationally recognized expert in civil rights, civil liberties, and the structural systems that limit, rather than advance, opportunity.
Support for a comprehensive campaign to launch a first of its kind, medically-safe respite facility for patients, ages 3-18, and their families during the treatment and healing of immune compromising illnesses.
Support for the expansion of Calling All Colors, a program that provides middle and high school students in Kent County a safe environment to talk about race combined with the tools needed to foster inclusive school communities.
Capital support for the renovation of GRCC's Music Building - the oldest facility on the downtown campus, as well as the new construction, expansion, and community outreach for the new GRCC Laboratory Preschool.
Support for Raising Michiganders' Standard of Living initiative to develop a data-driven public policy agenda that will advance the economic characteristics of prosperous and thriving 21st century communities at the state level.
Planning support for the development and adoption of a Corridor Improvement District (CID) along the Michigan Street commercial corridor between College and Plymouth Ave and the contiguous areas surrounding.
Support for the purchase of a historically significant limestone cottage located at the intersection of two major trail networks (the Little Traverse Wheelway and North Western State Trail) to serve as a center for maps, information on health and wellness, youth and family programs and events, and education on the ecology of Northern Michigan.
Support for the inaugural DisArt Festival of 2015 - an international festival attracting more than 48,700 visitors to downtown Grand Rapids featuring a variety of exhibitions, performances, and workshops centered on Disability Arts and Culture.
Support for Youth Community Data Center - for the office of Our Communities Children to create and pilot an integrated data management system across diverse afterschool providers, to discover the combination of services that have the biggest impact on outcomes for youth.
Support for the Building Bridges for Brighter Futures Campaign to implement an approved advancement plan to initiate a wide range of youth programming at the Paul I. Phillips Club, while strengthening the programs and facilities at Steil and Seidman Clubs and Camp O'Malley.
Support for the Governor's Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives (OUMI) West Michigan office working to leverage existing resources and employ collaboration focused on urban revitalization in Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Holland.
Support for the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) merger with Ferris State University and Kendall College of Art & Design to preserve the organization and infrastructure in downtown Grand Rapids.
Support for First Step's Growing Every Child's Potential program continuing the work to integrate and coordinate the system of early care and education in Kent County while advocating for policy and sustainable funding.
Support for the campaign to create the Historic Barns Park and Botanic Garden on the grounds of the former State Mental Health Hospital in Traverse City providing a range of public recreational, educational and social opportunities.
Support for a regional strategic community engagement initiative entitled Grand Vision aimed at developing new local economy initiatives in northwest Michigan, including agri-business/locally-sourced food as well as priority setting for regional public transit.
Support for the Habitat's Building Blocks Campaign to reinvigorate Grand Rapids Westside neighborhoods by building/restoring 40 houses, and rehabilitating an additional 160 houses within a concentrated geographic area.
Support for the restoration and reopening of the historic Vogue Theatre in downtown Manistee creating high-quality entertainment space and becoming a catalyst for revitalizing downtown for the benefit of the larger community.
Support for the Standing Tall Capital Campaign to improve access to health care and the client experience through the renovation of its Grand Rapids, Petoskey, Traverse City and Marquette Health Centers.
Support for the Kalamazoo River Watershed Land Conservation Plan - to develop a consensus-based land conservation plan to identify, prioritize and guide the protection of water resources and significant natural areas in the Kalamazoo River Watershed.
Support for the Growing Hope for Children Capital Campaign - to expand the Lighthouse Academy, launch a specialized residential care program for minor girls traumatized by sex trafficking and make facility upgrades on Wedgwoods main campus in Kentwood.
Support for the Westside Area Specific Plan including economic development plan for Stockbridge & West Leonard commercial business districts, and Community Improvement District plans for Stockbridge, West Leonard & West Fulton Business Districts.