Making the Grant Process Transparent

Grants Awarded

Organization NameProject TitleGrant AmountProgram AreaStrategic PriorityArea Served
Children's Assessment CenterCapital support to increase the community's capacity for on-site forensic interviews, ensuring that all child sexual abuse in Kent County is reported and treated. $100,000 Children & FamiliesOtherWest Michigan
City of CadillacCapital 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. $25,000 Building CommunityWell-Planned DevelopmentWest & Northern Michigan
City of Grand RapidsSupport for the 2018 Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit. $1,000 Building CommunityWell-Planned DevelopmentWest Michigan
Conservation Resource AllianceSupport for the Maple River Initiative to reconnect 49 miles of coldwater river habitat in Emmet County. $100,000 EnvironmentWatershed, Lakes & StreamsNorthern Michigan
Conservation Resource AllianceSupport for the final phase of the Boardman River Restoration project reconnecting 160 miles of coldwater river in Grand Traverse County. $315,000 EnvironmentWatershed, Lakes & StreamsNorthern Michigan
Council of Michigan Foundations, Inc.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. $30,000 ArtsLeadership DevelopmentState of Michigan
DisArtSupport for the 2017 DisArt International Symposium to promote and facilitate full participation by the disabled community in arts and culture. $25,000 ArtsLeadership DevelopmentWest Michigan
Fair Food NetworkSupport 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. $150,000 Building CommunityPublic/Private PartnershipsWest Michigan
Family Promise of Grand RapidsSupport for a 12-agency collaborative community pilot designed to prevent families in Kent County from entering the emergency shelter system and to stay in safe housing. $90,000 Building CommunityHousing SecurityWest Michigan
First Steps KentSupport to strengthen and coordinate early childhood services in Kent County to ensure young children are prepared to succeed in school and life. $210,000 Children & FamiliesChildcare & Pre-schoolWest Michigan
Grand Rapids Art MuseumSupport for a campaign feasibility study to explore a comprehensive fund development initiative for long-term health and sustainability of the organization. $10,000 ArtsStrong & Diverse Arts CommunityWest Michigan
Grand Rapids Community FoundationSupport for Rapid Growth Media's On The Ground coverage of community building in the Grandville/Roosevelt Park neighborhood. $10,000 Building CommunityCity Centers & NeighborhoodsWest Michigan
Grand Rapids Community FoundationSupport for the Kent County Non-Profit Technical Assistance (NPTA) Fund. $30,000 Building CommunityPublic/Private PartnershipsWest Michigan
Grand Rapids Public SchoolsSupport to complement and add value to the District's Transformation Plan. $250,000 Children & FamiliesStudent & School SuccessWest Michigan
Grand Rapids Symphony SocietySupport for the Celebration of Soul benefitting the Symphony's educational and Mosaic Scholars program to encourage equity in access to high-quality music instruction. $3,000 ArtsImproving AccessWest Michigan
Grand Rapids Whitewater, Inc.Support for the CEO search for Grand Rapids Whitewater to advance the Grand River Restoration project.
$16,667 EnvironmentWatershed, Lakes & StreamsWest Michigan
Grand Traverse Regional Land ConservancySupport for a collaborative regional effort to protect critical farmland in a five-county service area by leveraging federal funding in partnership with the Leelanau Conservancy. $100,000 EnvironmentCritical LandsNorthern Michigan
Inner City Christian FederationSupport 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. $150,000 Building CommunityHousing SecurityWest Michigan
Inner City Christian FederationSupport 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. $300,000 Building CommunityHousing SecurityWest Michigan
Junior Achievement (JA) of the Michigan Great Lakes, Inc.Support for capital campaign feasibility study for a new JA Free Enterprise Center to serve West Michigan students. $15,000 Building CommunityPublic/Private PartnershipsWest Michigan
Kids Food BasketSupport to expand the organization's sack supper program in early childhood settings as well as capital support for a new headquarters and urban farming operation. $440,000 Children & FamiliesStudent & School SuccessWest Michigan
Leelanau ConservancySupport for a collaborative regional effort to protect critical farmland in a five-county service area by leveraging federal funding in partnership with the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy. $100,000 EnvironmentCritical LandsNorthern Michigan
Michigan Humanities CouncilSupport fo a donor cultivation study and capacity building initiative. $5,600 ArtsStrong & Diverse Arts CommunityState of Michigan
Michigan League of Conservation Voters Education FundProgram support to expand and amplify the West Michigan Environmental Leadership Network (WMELN) in West and Northern Michigan engaging business community voices for effective environmental advocacy. $15,000 EnvironmentOtherWest & Northern Michigan
Migrant Legal AidSupport for a community convening, hosted by Concerned Citizens for Local Farms and Food, to explore funding options and create an action plan to bolster Kent County’s farmland preservation program. $7,500 EnvironmentCritical LandsWest Michigan
National Wildlife FederationSupport for the 13th annual Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Restoration Conference held in Buffalo, NY. $2,500 EnvironmentWatershed, Lakes & StreamsState of Michigan
Northwest Michigan Habitat for HumanitySupport for a single-family affordable housing build in Emmet County. $5,000 Building CommunityHousing SecurityNorthern Michigan
Ottawa County Parks FoundationSupport 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. $360,000 EnvironmentTrails & GreenwaysWest Michigan
Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa GreenwayCapital support to expand Outdoor Discovery Center's Little Hawks nature and play-based preschool program. $95,000 Children & FamiliesChildcare & Pre-schoolWest Michigan
Presbyterian Villages of Michigan FoundationSupport for the Emmet Transit Connection project to enhance the housing continuum of care for low-income residents in Northern Michigan. $10,000 Building CommunityUrban-Rural ConnectionsNorthern Michigan
River NetworkSupport for River Rally 2017, a national convening of watershed conservation professionals and water advocates held in Grand Rapids, MI. $25,000 EnvironmentWatershed, Lakes & StreamsState of Michigan
Start Garden LLCSupport for the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Initiative created to help coordinate an inclusive and cohesive system of entrepreneurial support in Grand Rapids neighborhoods. $150,000 Building CommunityCity Centers & NeighborhoodsWest Michigan
Talent 2025Support for a childcare provider survey designed to identify regulatory structures that contribute to a to a complex childcare system, increased costs and limited capacity. $3,900 Children & FamiliesChildcare & Pre-schoolWest Michigan
The Right Place FoundationSupport for the expansion of Hello West Michigan bolstering talent recruitment and retention efforts on behalf of West Michigan employers. $4,500 Building CommunityOtherWest Michigan
Tip of the Mitt Watershed CouncilSupport for Treasure Lake Charlevoix, a program to restore and protect water quality and habitat of Lake Charlevoix and surrounding watersheds. $10,000 EnvironmentWatershed, Lakes & StreamsNorthern Michigan
Trout UnlimitedSupport for final phase of the Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative designed to protect, reconnect and sustain efforts to restore the watershed, home to an important trout fishery in lower Michigan. $90,000 EnvironmentWatershed, Lakes & StreamsWest Michigan
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture ParkSupport for Welcoming the World: Honoring a Legacy of Love, a capital campaign to expand facilities and program capacity of this world-renowned arts and cultural asset. $1,000,000 ArtsStrong & Diverse Arts CommunityWest Michigan
WGVU Public MediaProgram support to expand the reach and impact of PBS Kids programming throughout a 28-county service area. $20,000 Children & FamiliesStudent & School SuccessWest Michigan
Organization NameProject TitleGrant AmountProgram AreaArea Served
National Assembly of State Arts AgenciesSupport 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. $10,000ArtsKent
Grand Rapids Art MuseumSupport for the expansion of arts education programs for children at various stages to support literacy, school readiness and combat learning loss during the summer months.$16,300ArtsKent
Charlevoix Historical SocietySupport for maintenance and capital improvements to the 125-year-old Harsha House located in Charlevoix, Michigan. $2,000ArtsEmmet
Ebony Road PlayersSupport to strengthen the management and organizational capacity of a growing community-based theater company that seeks to embed social justice and inclusion into locally-produced performing art. $10,000ArtsAllegan
West Michigan Center for Arts and TechnologySupport for the "Leave Your Mark" capital campaign to build a permanent home for the organization and enhancements to the Teen Arts + Tech program.$390,000ArtsKent
Grand Rapids Ballet CompanySupport for board and staff leaders to undertake strategic and fund development planning.$10,000ArtsKent
Site Lab, Inc.Support for Site Lab's 2016 ArtPrize exhibition, the Rumsey Street Project; a series of community art projects on a 3-acre site in Roosevelt Park.$22,000ArtsKent
Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community FoundationSupport 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.$5,000ArtsCharlevoix
Lowell Area Arts CouncilSupport for the "Moving to Main" capital campaign to purchase and renovate a 4,700 square foot building in downtown Lowell. $15,000ArtsState of Michigan
Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community FoundationSupport for the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra's organizational development work focused on board development, strategic planning, fund development and marketing and communications. $30,000ArtsAntrim
Well HouseSupport for the "Housing for those who are Homeless" campaign designed to strengthen the organization’s capacity in the provision of affordable rental housing to low-income individuals and families. $75,000Building CommunityKent
Lake County Historical SocietySupport for Phase III of a community initiative to launch a Museum, Welcome Center and Community House in downtown Baldwin. $27,750Building CommunityLake
The Center for Michigan, Inc.Support for the continued expansion of efforts in three inter-related areas of practice – intensive public engagement, in-depth journalism, and public-driven policy solutions. $100,000Building CommunityState of Michigan
Talent 2025Support to build communications capacity and launch a marketing initiative designed to promote in-demand jobs and the variety of post-secondary credentials they require. $15,000Building CommunityKent
Grand Rapids Community FoundationSupport 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.$10,000Building CommunityKent
Grand Rapids Community FoundationAnnual Support for the NonProfit Technical Assistance (NPTA) Fund for 2016. $30,000Building CommunityKent
Grand Valley State UniversitySupport for a capital campaign to build a new educational campus that will expand and enhance GVSU's health sciences programs to meet the growing demand from students, employers and the community. $500,000Building CommunityState of Michigan
Habitat for Humanity of Kent County, Inc.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.$220,000Building CommunityKent
Harbor Hall FoundationSupport to help broaden the base of philanthropic investment and to complete facility renovations that will expand services to accommodate women and adolescents seeking more intensive treatment.$10,000Building CommunityCharlevoix
City of Grand RapidsSupport 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.$75,000Building CommunityKent
Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity AllianceSupport for the organization's 20th anniversary celebration honoring West Michigan’s trailblazers in efforts to advance racial equity in the region: Jim Brooks, Dorothy A. Johnson, and Bob Woodrick. $1,250Building CommunityOttawa
LINC Community Revitalization, Inc.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.$2,500Building CommunityKent
Grand Action FoundationSupport 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.$450,000Building CommunityState of Michigan
West Michigan Chapter of Association of Fundraising ProfessionalsSupport for the 30th anniversary event celebrating National Philanthropy Day on November 17, 2016.$1,000Building CommunityAllegan
Council of Michigan Foundations, Inc.Support for the continuation of the Office of Foundation Liaison - a unique partnership between Michigan philanthropy and the executive branch of state government. $10,000Building CommunityState of Michigan
Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community FoundationSupport for the City of Harbor Springs downtown Wayfinding Project that aims to enhance the visitor experience and encourage participation in special events and attractions.$10,000Building CommunityCharlevoix
The Greater Grand Rapids Chamber FoundationSupport for the launch of ELEVATE, a business accelerator initiative designed to strengthen and expand scalable minority-owned firms.$75,000Building CommunityKent
Michigan State UniversityCapital 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.$1,000,000Building CommunityState of Michigan
South End Community Outreach MinistriesSupport for the expansion and improvement of Little Steps Preschool program to offer full day programming for vulnerable 3 and 4-year-old children. $5,000Children & FamiliesKent
Little River Band of Ottawa IndiansSupport for the development of an early learning facility designed to deliver high-quality, affordable child care and early education in support of working parents in Manistee County. $55,000Children & FamiliesBenzie
President Ford Field Service CouncilSupport for the "Build Character Today, Lead Tomorrow" capital campaign to expand facilities, grounds and programming on behalf of boys and girls in its 25-county service area. $250,000Children & FamiliesCharlevoix
Grand Traverse
Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community FoundationSupport 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.$12,000Children & FamiliesAntrim
Ele's PlaceSupport for the expansion of Ele's Groups - peer support groups held in middle and high schools designed to help teens who have experienced the loss of a parent, sibling, or other loved one. $10,000Children & FamiliesKent
Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community FoundationSupport 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.$15,000Children & FamiliesAntrim
The Potter's HouseSupport for the "Growing Hope Together" capital campaign to expand and renovate the PK-8 neighborhood campus and hospitality house as well as to increase funds for student scholarships.$300,000Children & FamiliesKent
TrueNorth Community ServicesSupport 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.$105,000Children & FamiliesState of Michigan
Ronald McDonald House of Western MichiganSupport 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.$10,000Children & FamiliesCheboygan
Grand Traverse
The Michigan Women's FoundationSupport for a region-wide Empowerment Forum for 5,000 high school girls as a part of the Michigan Women's Foundation's 30th Anniversary Celebration in Grand Rapids on April 21, 2016. $10,000Children & FamiliesKent
Grand Rapids Children's MuseumSupport 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.$9,000Children & FamiliesState of Michigan
Alliance for the Great LakesSupport for the implementation of a West Michigan shoreline clean-up community engagement project throughout Muskegon, Grand Traverse, Berrien, Ottawa, and Allegan Counties. $15,000EnvironmentAllegan
Grand Traverse
Kent County Parks FoundationSupport 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.$17,500EnvironmentKent
Preserve HickorySupport for the preservation and improvement of Hickory Hills Recreation Area, a Traverse City-owned ski area and recreational park.$75,000EnvironmentAntrim
Grand Traverse
Grand Rapids Whitewater, Inc.Fundraising support to identify state and federal resources for the advancement of the Grand River Restoration Project.$15,000EnvironmentKent
Emmet CountySupport for the expansion of Emmet County's recycling program.$54,000EnvironmentEmmet
West Michigan Environmental Action Council Educational FoundationPlanning support for the development, improvement, and implementation of a Lower Grand River Water Trail. $15,000EnvironmentIonia
Little Traverse Conservancy, Inc.Support for the purchase and preservation of 236 acres of high, rolling hardwoods known as Christmas Mountain in Emmet County.$50,000EnvironmentCharlevoix
National Wildlife FederationSponsorship for the 12th Annual Healing Our Waters Conference from September 20-22, 2016 in Sandusky, Ohio.$2,500EnvironmentState of Michigan
Organization NameProject TitleGrant AmountProgram AreaArea Served
Blandford Nature CenterSupport 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.$200,000 EnvironmentAllegan, Ionia, Kent, Muskegon, Ottawa
Flow for WaterProgram support to provide an update and recommendations to the International Joint Commission’s (IJC) 2000 Great Lakes Report on Diversions, Exports and Consumptive Uses of Water in the Great Lakes Basin. $5,000 EnvironmentState of Michigan
Freshwater FutureSupport for capacity-building programs to leverage Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) resources and successes in the Eastern Lake Michigan Watershed.$150,000 EnvironmentState of Michigan
Grand Rapids Whitewater, Inc.Support for a Fundraising Feasibility Study of the Grand River Restoration project.$14,000 Building CommunityKent
Heartside MinistrySupport 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.$125,250 Building CommunityKent
KConnectSupport 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.$5,000 Building CommunityKent, Muskegon, Ottawa
Little Traverse Conservancy, Inc.Support for the purchase and permanent protection of a 62-acre parcel formerly owned by the Meeks' Family in Emmet County.$90,000 EnvironmentCharlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet
The Geek GroupSupport for The Geek Group's Phase II Leonard Street Labs Renovation project.$10,000 Building CommunityGrand Rapids Area, West Michigan
Westminster Presbyterian ChurchCapital support for two outreach programs serving children and families in Grand Rapids – Camp Henry and the Child Development Center in downtown Grand Rapids.$85,000 Children & FamiliesKent, Muskegon, Newaygo, Ottawa
The Arbor Circle CorporationSupport for Runaway and Homeless Youth Initiative.$135,000 Children & FamiliesKent
Grand Rapids Art MuseumSupport for GoSite - An innovative, and welcoming place to find and share information and ideas about Grand Rapids - with inclusion, community building, and collaboration at its core.$16,650 Building CommunityGrand Rapids Area
Community Foundation for Muskegon CountySupport for the launch of the Boys & Girls Club of the Muskegon Lakeshore.$100,000 Children & FamiliesMuskegon
Children's Healing CenterSupport 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.$125,000 Children & FamiliesKent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Ottawa,
City of Boyne CityCapital support for Boyne City Veterans Park Community Pavilion.$20,000 Building CommunityAntrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, Otsego
Grand Rapids Creative Youth CenterSupport for Afterschool Adventure & Writing Workshops during the 2015-2016 School Year$10,000 ArtsKent
Dyer-Ives FoundationSupport for Vision to End Homeless: Ten Years Later Report$9,800 Building CommunityKent
Early Learning Neighborhood CollaborativeSupport for the expansion of a community-based parent education initiative - Empowering Parents Impacting Children (EPIC).$50,000 Children & FamiliesKent
Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity AllianceSupport 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. $2,745 Children & FamiliesKent
Family Promise of Grand RapidsSupport for A Journey Home Capital Campaign for the acquisition and renovation of a vacant building in Heritage Hill for the provision of services and support to families experiencing homelessness.$160,000 Children & FamiliesKent, Ottawa
Grand Rapids Community College FoundationCapital 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.$900,000 Children & FamiliesKent
Grand Rapids Civic TheatreSupport to establish a challenge grant for attracting new and increased gifts between December 1, 2014 – December 31, 2015.$25,000 ArtsGrand Rapids Area, Kent
Grand Rapids Community FoundationSupport for the Non-Profit Technical Assistance Fund (NPTA) - Fiscal Year 2015.$30,000 Building CommunityKent
Grand Rapids Symphony SocietySupport for strategic planning, financial capacity building and executive coaching provided by Michael Kaiser, of the DeVos Institute for Arts Management.$10,000 ArtsGrand Rapids Area, West Michigan
Grand Rapids Urban LeagueSupport to renovate the Urban League's southeast Grand Rapids facility and expand its services to foster stability and economic self-sufficiency of low-to moderate income Individuals and families.$30,000 Building CommunityKent
Heart of the Lakes Center for Land Conservation PolicySupport to improve Farmland Preservation and Rural Economic Development efforts among its more than forty land conservancy members$25,000 EnvironmentState of Michigan
Kent Intermediate School DistrictCapacity building support to increase the cultural competency of KISD staff serving the young children of immigrant and refugee families in Kent County.$11,000 Children & FamiliesKent
The Manna Project, Inc.Program support for Manna's Food 4 Kids Backpack Program serving food-insecure children in Emmet, Charlevoix and Antrim Counties.$15,000 Children & FamiliesAntrim, Charlevoix, Emmet
Michigan Future, Inc.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.$100,000 Building CommunityState of Michigan
Michigan League for Public PolicySupport to expand the reach of Kids Count in Michigan Project through a broadened communications strategy.$20,000 Children & FamiliesState of Michigan
Land Conservancy of West MichiganSupport for the purchase and permanent protection of a two-acre parcel to expand the Barrier Dunes Sanctuary along Lake Michigan in Muskegon County.
$75,000 EnvironmentMuskegon
Neighborhood VenturesPlanning 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.$5,000 Building CommunityKent
National Wildlife FederationSupport for the 11th Annual Healing Our Waters (HOW) conference in Chicago, IL.$2,500 EnvironmentState of Michigan
St. Cecilia Music CenterSupport for the Music Lives Here Advancement Campaign to increase organizational endowment, maintain and improve its facility and expand programming.$150,000 ArtsGrand Rapids Area, West Michigan
Top of Michigan Trails CouncilSupport 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.$18,000 EnvironmentCharlevoix, Emmet
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (of Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University)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.$10,000 ArtsGrand Rapids Area, State of Michigan
Tip of the Mitt Watershed CouncilSupport for The Watershed Academy - a pilot program for 9th and 10th grade students in Emmet and Charlevoix Counties designed to cultivate the next generation of water resource stewards.$9,840 EnvironmentCharlevoix, Emmet
Bethany Christian ServicesSupport for the Center for Youth Transformation Capital Campaign.$13,685 Building CommunityKent
Crooked Tree Arts Council, Inc.Support for Crooked Tree Arts Center's expansion of Visual Arts, Arts Education and Performing Arts programming from it's headquarters in Petoskey to a new Traverse City campus. $105,000 ArtsAntrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Leelanau
Lake County Historical SocietySupport for a community initiative to launch a Welcome Center and Community Building in downtown Baldwin.$25,000 Building CommunityLake
Grand Valley State UniversitySupport to GR CURRENT for three SYNCHRONIC talks given by Bijoy Goswami related to the Grand Rapids entrepreneurial community.$3,500 Building CommunityKent
GVSU's Annis Water Resources InstituteSupport for a new approach to managing water in the State of Michigan by assessing the feasibility of Integrated Watershed Commissions.$30,000 EnvironmentState of Michigan
Council of Michigan Foundations, Inc.Support for the Grand Action Impact Report: Endowed Philanthropy as a Catalyst for Positive Change in partnership with The Philanthropic Collaborative (TPC) and MLive Media Group.$5,000 Building CommunityState of Michigan
Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community FoundationSupport for strategic planning and fundraising capacity-building for the Harbor Hall Foundation which operates to support substance abuse services in Petoskey and Cheboygan, Michigan. $29,600 Children & FamiliesEmmet, Charlevoix
Harbor Springs Lyric TheatreCapital support for the Lyric Theatre in downtown Harbor Springs, Michigan.$100,000 ArtsEmmet

Organization NameProject TitleGrant AmountProgram AreaArea Served
ArtPrizeSupport for the creation of an artist seed grant program to increase the artistic quality and reach of ArtPrize.$237,000.00 ArtsWest Michigan
Broadway Grand RapidsCapital support for structural improvements to DeVos Performance Hall.$20,000.00 ArtsWest Michigan
Charlevoix County Community FoundationSupport for feasibility study of an Economic Development Strategy for Charlevoix County, conducted by the W.E. UpJohn Institute.$10,000.00 Building CommunityCharlevoix
City of Grand RapidsSupport for a public planning process related to the Grand River corridor.$30,000.00 EnvironmentGrand Rapids Area
City of PetoskeySupport for a collaborative project between the City of Petoskey, Petoskey Public School District and Petoskey Community Courts to restore six outdoor tennis courts for community use.$7,750.00 Building CommunityEmmet
Conservation Resource AllianceSupport for the Jordan River Old State Road/Stream Crossing improvement project.$100,000.00 EnvironmentAntrim, Charlevoix
Cultural Data ProjectSupport for the Michigan Cultural Data Project.$10,000.00 ArtsState of Michigan
Experience Grand RapidsSupport for Grand Rapids as the site for the annual national conference of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement (NOBLE) Executives.$10,000.00 Building CommunityGrand Rapids Area
Fair Food NetworkWest Michigan expansion of Double Up Food Bucks.$150,000.00 Building CommunityGrand Rapids Area
Grand Rapids Community CollegeSupport for 100th Anniversary Scholarship Fund.$25,000.00 Building CommunityKent
Grand Rapids Community FoundationSupport for the Challenge Scholars initiative - Community infrastructure and last dollars scholarships targeted to first generation post-secondary students.$450,000.00 Children & FamiliesGrand Rapids Area
Grand Rapids Public SchoolsSupport for an updated Downtown / Central Campus Master Plan.$11,000.00 Children & FamiliesKent
Grand Rapids SymphonySupport to broaden attendance at the spring 2015 LiveArts 85th Season Celebration.$10,000.00 ArtsKent
Great Lakes Chamber OrchestraSupport for organizational capacity building for long-term sustainability.$35,935.00 ArtsNorthern Michigan
Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity AllianceSupport for the 2014 Summit on Race & Inclusion.$1,000.00 Building CommunityWest Michigan
Literacy Center of West MichiganSupport to improve the content, capacity and measurement of the Literacy Center of West Michigan's dual-generation intervention, Family Literacy Initiative.$90,000.00 Children & FamiliesKent
Local First Educational FoundationSupport to increase social entrepreneurship and engagement among local business owners.$30,000.00 Building CommunityKent
Manistee County Community FoundationSupport for community collective impact strategy - Pathways to Preschool, Postsecondary Education and Prosperity.$15,000.00 Children & FamiliesGrand Traverse
Michigan Humanities CouncilSupport to increase organizational sustainability.$10,000.00 ArtsState of Michigan
National Wildlife FederationSupport for the Peter Wege Tribute luncheon and 10th Annual Healing Our Waters conference held in Grand Rapids, Michigan.$10,000.00 EnvironmentGrand Rapids Area/State of Michigan
Old Town Playhouse, Inc.Renovation of the Old Town Playhouse.$10,000.00 ArtsGrand Traverse
Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa GreenwaySupport for Project Clarity to restore and protect the Macatawa Watershed.$500,000.00 EnvironmentWest Michigan
Ryerson Library Foundation (GRPL Foundation)Support for the Peninsular Club Archives and Robinson Photo Collection Digitization Project.$15,000.00 ArtsKent
The Center for Michigan, Inc.Support to study the impact of poverty on families in rural Northern Michigan.$35,000.00 Children & FamiliesCharlevoix, Emmett, Cheboygan
Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, Inc.Support for the Pathways to Sleeping Bear Campaign.$50,000.00 EnvironmentNorthern Michigan
University of MarylandSupport for technical assistance of Grand Rapids area Arts partners by the DeVos Institute of Arts Management (at the University of Maryland).$22,500.00 ArtsKent
Well HouseSupport for a planning grant aimed at capacity building and long-term sustainability.$25,000.00 Building CommunityKent
West Michigan Environmental Action CouncilTo support capacity building and organizational development.$10,000.00 EnvironmentGrand Rapids Area
City of Grand RapidsSupport 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.$15,000 Children & FamiliesKent
Grand Rapids Community FoundationSupport for the Nonprofit Technical Assistance Fund$30,000 Building CommunityGrand Rapids Area
Home Repair ServicesSupport for the Community Food Club of Greater Grand Rapids - a collaborative systemic response to hunger, promoting food security, consumer choice and dignity for low-income member households.$54,000 Building CommunityKent
Organization NameProject TitleGrant AmountProgram AreaArea Served
Aquinas CollegeSupport for the phase expansion of the new athletic facility, creating a main entrance to the campus on Fulton Street and the construction of a regionally beneficial stormwater detention facility.

$150,000 Building CommunityGrand Rapids Area
ArtPrizeSupport for the development of a sustaining membership base to promote community ownership and financial sustainability.$80,000 ArtsGrand Rapids Area
Baxter Community CenterCapacity building support for its child development program as well as support for the search and hiring of Child Development Center Director.$5,350 Children & FamiliesKent
Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand RapidsSupport 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.$200,000 Children & FamiliesKent
CEOs for CitiesSupport for the 2013 national convening in Grand Rapids engaging and connecting more than 200 civic leaders and changemakers.$10,000 Building CommunityGrand Rapids Area
Charlevoix Area Community PoolSupport for a capital improvement project to make critical improvements to a high-use community facility serving Charlevoix County.$3,000 Building CommunityCharlevoix
Community Foundation for Muskegon CountySupport for the construction and relocation of the Muskegon Farmers Market to foster downtown vitality, increase access to healthy food, and support agribusiness.$200,000 Building CommunityWest Michigan
Council of Michigan FoundationsSupport 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. $23,000 Building CommunityOther (Foundation)
Charlevoix CountySupport for the Boyne City to Charlevoix Non-motorized Trail Expansion (phase II) to construct a non-motorized path along US-31 and Boyne City/Charlevoix Rd.$40,000 EnvironmentCharlevoix/Northern Michigan
Cultural Data ProjectSupport for the Michigan Cultural Data Project an online management tool designed to strengthen the statewide nonprofit arts and cultural sector.$15,000 ArtsState of Michigan
Ferris State UniversitySupport 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.$500,000 ArtsGrand Rapids Area
First Steps KentSupport 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.$210,000 Children & FamiliesKent
Grand Action FoundationSupport for a 1:1 Challenge Campaign for the Downtown Market.$500,000 Building CommunityKent
Grand Rapids Art MuseumSupport for the Live Artfully Dinner honoring David & Judy Frey.$5,000 ArtsKent
Grand Rapids Children's MuseumSupport for the launch of a parent and caregiver education pilot as well as a community-wide symposium designed to help mark the organizations 15th anniversary$10,000 Children & FamiliesKent
Grand Rapids Public MuseumSupport for the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium Renovation Project including technology upgrades and facility renovations to enhance both production capacity and quality of program presentation.$79,400 ArtsWest Michigan
Grand Rapids SymphonySupport for Grand Rapids School of the Arts (GRSA) financial feasibility study and the long-range planning.$10,500 ArtsGrand Rapids Area
Grand Rapids WhiteWaterSupport for an economic impact analysis to restore the rapids to the Grand River.$25,000 EnvironmentGrand Rapids Area
Grand Traverse Regional Community FoundationSupport 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. $110,000 ArtsNorthern Michigan
Groundwork Center for Resilient CommunitiesSupport 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. $20,000 Building CommunityNorthern Michigan
Habitat for Humanity of Kent County, Inc.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.$250,000 Building CommunityKent
Harbor Hall FoundationSupport for capacity building.$7,500 Building CommunityEmmet
Health Intervention ServicesSupport for expanded access and capacity of dental care services at its existing facility on Division Avenue in Grand Rapids sited in a high needs neighborhood.
$17,000 Building CommunityGrand Rapids Area
University of MarylandSupport for one-on-one as well as community board seminars aimed at capacity-building for West Michigan arts organizations through the DeVos Institute for Arts Management.$45,000 ArtsGrand Rapids Area
K-CONNECTSupport for the implementation of the Collective Impact Common Agenda & Roadmap on behalf of Kent County children and families.$240,000 Children & FamiliesKent
Land Information Access AssociationSupport for the Up North Trails program, leveraging recreational assets for community and economic development and resilience in Emmet and Charlevoix counties.$25,000 EnvironmentCharlevoix/Emmet Counties
Little Traverse Conservancy, Inc.Support for the purchase and protection of the former Camp Seagull property in Hayes Township.$62,500 EnvironmentCharlevoix
Manistee County Community FoundationSupport 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.$100,000 ArtsState of Michigan
Mary Free Bed Hospital and Rehabilitation HospitalSupport for Joining the Movement capital campaign - for the expansion and renovation of Mary Free Bed and The Betty Bloomer Ford Cancer Rehabilitation Program

$800,000 Building CommunityKent
Michigan Humanities CouncilSupport for the 2013-14 Great Michigan Read Program.$5,000 Children & FamiliesState of Michigan
National Parks Conservation AssociationSupport for the 2013 Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Restoration Conference.$2,500 EnvironmentOther (Foundation)
Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community FoundationCapacity building support for Harbor Springs Community Daycare & Preschool, Inc.$6,000 Children & FamiliesNorthern Michigan
Planned Parenthood of West and Northern MichiganSupport 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.$150,000 Building CommunityState of Michigan
The Right Place FoundationSupport for the West Michigan Economic Development Collaborative - the coordination and implementation of economic development services in the 13-county West Michigan region.$255,000 Building CommunityKent
SiTE:LABSupport for the 54 Jefferson Project - creating a series of exhibitions/events exploring the question of what might become of the old Public Museum at 54 Jefferson.$7,000 ArtsGrand Rapids Area
Southwest Michigan Land ConservancySupport 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.$4,500 EnvironmentGrand Rapids Area
Traffic Squad Safety & Community Action FundSupport for Kent County Training and Community Riding Center Capital Campaign and the provision of public safety patrol by the Mounted Unit during major community events in downtown Grand Rapids.$25,000 Building CommunityKent
Trout UnlimitedSupport for the Home Rivers Initiative (HRI) - protecting and improving the Rogue River, a blue-ribbon trout stream and tributary to the Grand River.$60,000 EnvironmentGrand Rapids Area
Wedgwood Christian Services, Inc.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 Wedgwood’s main campus in Kentwood. $400,000 Building CommunityKent
West Grand Neighborhood OrganizationSupport 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.$24,400 Building CommunityGrand Rapids Area
West Michigan Center for Arts and TechnologySupport for the Teen Arts Program - to implement, evaluate, disseminate and strengthen a project-based learning model for urban teens in an after school arts program.$100,000 ArtsKent
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