The following is a list of all grants awarded in the last calendar year. In addition, archived grant lists are available at the bottom of the page.
Community Capital Projects
Grand Rapids Community College Foundation - $750,000www.grcc.edu
Support for the acquisition and renovation of the former Davenport University downtown campus, as well as the renovation of existing campus facilities including the Ford Fieldhouse, Main building, and Cook Academic Hall.
Grand Rapids Public Schools - $23,000www.grps.k12.mi.us
Support for development of an accessible outdoor playground and learning environment sited on the campus of Grand Rapids Public Schools' Lincoln Development Center and available for use by the broader community.
Kids' Food Basket - $62,000www.kidsfoodbasket.org
Support for a better and larger space to house an innovative approach to reducing hunger among preschool- and elementary-aged children.
Senior Meals Program, Inc. - $124,000www.seniormealsonwheels.org
Support for a capital campaign to acquire, renovate, and equip a once vacant warehouse southwest of downtown Grand Rapids to house a new, expanded central kitchen in support of the Senior Meals Program.
West Michigan Sports Commission - $300,000www.westmichigansportscommission.com
Support to expand the region's capacity to attract youth and amateur baseball and softball tournaments, stimulate economic activity, and potentially generate substantial economic impact.
Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan - $40,000www.wrcnm.org
Support for the acquisition and renovation of a facility to expand its retail thrift store operation.
Encouraging Civic Progress
Charlevoix Area Hospital Foundation - $42,000www.cah.org/Foundation/foundation.html
Support for the School Nurse Partnership initiative designed to provide site-based preventative health services to school children in the Charlevoix area.
City of Grand Rapids - $27,000www.grand-rapids.mi.us
Support for the "Transformation Investment Plan" - an effort to create a sustainable high-quality public safety operation.
City of Grand Rapids - $5,300www.grand-rapids.mi.us
Support for the reconstruction and update of a model of downtown Grand Rapids.
County of Kent - $15,000www.accesskent.com
Support for a study of the area's parks systems in order to identify, evaluate, and propose organizational, operational, and funding models that could maintain services for multiple jurisdictions.
Grand Action Foundation - $1,000,000www.grandaction.org
Support for a capital campaign to transform the southern tip of downtown Grand Rapids into the area's first year-round urban farmer's market, and the country's first LEED-certified public market.
Grand Valley Metropolitan Council - $2,000www.gvmc.org
Support for surveys of citizens and local officials regarding municipal service sharing.
Michigan League for Human Services - $25,000www.milhs.org
Support to help broaden the base of support for this statewide public policy organization focused on economically vulnerable families and children.
Midtown Neighborhood Association - $230,000www.midtowngr.org
Support for capital improvements to the Fulton Street Farmers Market to provide greater access to fresh, locally-sourced food for the surrounding neighborhood as well as to the greater Grand Rapids area.
The Brookings Institution - $10,000www.brookings.edu/metro
Support for the Michigan Metropolitan and Urban Strategy project - an urban economic redevelopment initiative.
The Center for Michigan, Inc. - $100,000www.thecenterformichigan.net
Support for the next stage in the development of an independent, nonpartisan "think-and-do" tank that champions a results-driven public sector.
Enhancing the Lives of Children and Their Families
Baxter Community Center, Inc. - $55,000www.baxtercommunitycenter.org
Support for an initiative to expand the capacity of a high-quality child development program through repurposed space within the neighborhood community center.
Children's Assessment Center - $2,100www.cac-kent.org
Support for multidisciplinary team training in the investigation of child sexual assault.
Heart of West Michigan United Way - $10,000www.hwmuw.org
Support for the establishment of an Early Education Scholarship Fund, a community-wide initiative to improve access to high-quality early education for at-risk preschoolers in preparation for kindergarten entry.
Literacy Center of West Michigan - $10,000www.literacycenterwm.org
Support for the Family Literacy program in collaboration with the Schools of Hope program within Grand Rapids Public Schools.
Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency - $5,000www.nmcaa.net
Support to meet a challenge grant to engage economically disadvantaged 3-year-old children in high-quality preschool in partnership with the local Great Start Collaborative.
Ready for School - $120,000www.readyforschool.org
Funding for the Holland-centered, community-led early care and education initiative designed to better prepare young children for school entry.
South End Community Outreach Ministries - $10,000www.secomministries.org
Support for the Read to Me parent/child education program.
The Manna Project, Inc. - $21,000www.mannafoodproject.org
Support for the Food 4 Kids Backpack program that provides nutritional meals for economically disadvantaged children over the weekends and summer recess.
The Salvation Army - $10,000www.usc.salvationarmy.org/usc/www_usc.nsf
Support for the Little Pine Island Cabin and Rope Challenge Course capital campaign.
Wedgwood Christian Services, Inc. - $63,000www.wedgwood.org
Support for the Hope Academy of West Michigan, a pre-K to 12 charter school for the academic preparation of underserved preschool children and improved outcomes for at-risk elementary and high school students.
Nurturing Community Arts
ArtPrize Grand Rapids - $60,000www.artprize.org
Support for ArtPrize 2011 and the organization's efforts toward financial sustainability.
College for Creative Studies - $250,000www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu
Support for the "Advancing the Creative Spirit: Keeping the Promise" campaign to expand the College's impact as a supplier of creative talent and design innovation while helping to revitalize Detroit's Midtown area.
Crooked Tree Arts Council, Inc. - $36,000www.crookedtree.org
Support to grow Crooked Tree's community arts education offerings through the addition of a Program Director and the use of new space in the adjacent former Carnegie library.
Dog Story Theater - $10,000www.dogstorytheater.com
Support to assist this small start-up in its efforts to grow their donor base and improve their facilities in order to generate increased earned revenue.
Grand Rapids Symphony - $10,000www.grsymphony.org
Support for the exploration of and planning for a new School of the Arts within the Grand Rapids Public Schools.
Holland Area Arts Council - $8,000www.hollandarts.org
Support for "Keeping Arts in the Picture," an initiative to support arts education and educators in schools and create public awareness of the need to nurture artistic talent of youth.
Interlochen Center for the Arts - $80,000www.interlochen.org
Support for the construction of the Upton-Morley Performing Arts Pavilion, a new seasonal performance venue.
John Ball Zoological Society - $600,000www.johnballzoosociety.org
Support for a campaign to renovate aging exhibits, construct new exhibits, and create visitor amenities intended to increase attendance and revenue.
Old Town Playhouse, Inc. - $22,000www.oldtownplayhouse.com
Support for an architectural and feasibility study of Old Town Playhouse's facilities and site for possible improvement and expansion.
Open Concept Gallery - $4,500www.openconceptgallery.org
Support to expand the distribution of the Gallery's online newsletter and subsequently coverage and knowledge of the contemporary arts; also to expand the number of its members and donors.
St. Cecilia Music Society - $16,000www.scmsonline.org
Support for an after-school strings program for youth.
The Bach Chorale of Grand Rapids - $2,500www.bachchoralegrandrapids.org
Support for the Bach Chorale's transition to an independent non-profit and to broaden its donor base.
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts - $350,000www.uica.org
Support for a capital campaign to construct a new LEED-certified, multidisciplinary, contemporary arts facility at the southwest corner of Fulton Street and Division Avenue.
VSA Arts of Michigan-Grand Rapids, Inc. - $46,000www.vsagr.org
Support for VSA program planning and expansion: a multi-year effort to build VSA's internal capacity in order to both grow and create programming in and out of school for children, youth and adults with disabilities in collaboration with their community partners.
Protecting the Environment
Algoma Township - $3,500www.algomatwp.org
Support to create a safe and accessible connection between the White Pine Trail and the township's Trestle Park.
City of Grand Rapids - $25,000www.grand-rapids.mi.us
Support for a detailed master plan process to understand the transportation, land use, and economic development potential of the Michigan Street corridor.
Freshwater Future - $40,000www.freshwaterfuture.org
Support for a citizen engagement campaign to organize and build grassroots engagement in an effort to keep the Great Lakes Asian carp free and to encourage decision makers to accelerate the completion of planned research.
Friends of Grand Rapids Parks - $75,000www.friendsofgrparks.org
Support for "Parks Alive", a new program to reclaim and sustain parks through volunteer support while growing sponsorship opportunities that encourage people to stay and play.
Grand Traverse County - $250,000www.co.grand-traverse.mi.us
Support for the removal of three Boardman River dams and the modification of a fourth, restoring the flow of this cold-water river into Lake Michigan at Traverse City.
Grand Valley Metropolitan Council - $8,200www.gvmc.org
Support for the creation and implementation of a business plan related to the startup of the Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds.
Heart of the Lakes Center for Land Conservation Policy - $50,000www.heartofthelakes.org
Support for the final phase of "Advancing Conservancy Excellence", a program to increase the pace, quality, and permanence of land conservation by ensuring successful national accreditation for a majority of Michigan's land conservancies.
Lowell Area Recreational Authority - $2,300www.lowellareatrailway.org
Support for a master planning effort to develop a route to connect LARA's Phase I trail with the regional Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trails.
Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway - $56,000www.outdoordiscoverycenter.org
Support for Phase II of the "Building a Sustainable Future" campaign, a three-phase capital campaign designed to increase program capacity by improving facilities and visitor access to nature.
Scenic Michigan - $1,350www.scenicmichigan.org
Support for a comprehensive Michigan sign control guidebook and series of statewide trainings.
Timberland Resource Conservation and Development Area Council, Inc. - $6,000www.natureandpeople.org
Support for the Pigeon River Habitat Improvement project.
Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, Inc. - $50,000www.traversetrails.org
Support for the "Pathways to Sleeping Bear" and Phase I of an effort to construct a 27-mile non-motorized trail in the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore called the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.
Trout Unlimited - $21,500www.tu.org
Support to conduct a trout angler survey to provide state-level management data on the status and economic impacts of coldwater and salmonoid species angling, while developing accurate profiles of the state's recreational trout and salmonoid anglers.
West Michigan Trails & Greenways Coalition - $5,000www.wmtrails.org
Support for updates to the Coalition's trail atlas and the creation of a smartphone application.
Grand Rapids Community Foundation - $30,000www.grfoundation.org
Support for the Nonprofit Technical Assistance Fund, a resource for nonprofit organizations in West Michigan.
Heart of West Michigan United Way - $10,000www.hwmuw.org
Support for the Schools of Hope program.