Making the Grant Process Transparent

Grants Awarded

2015
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

2014
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
2013
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
Kent
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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