2013 Grants

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.

Building Community

Aquinas College - $150,000


Support for the construction of the Alksnis Family Athletics & Recreation Center, a safer, more prominent entrance along Fulton Street and storm-water management facility.

Charlevoix Area Community Pool - $3,000


Support for the Refresh the Pool capital campaign launched to maintain the high-quality of the facility and its programs.

Community Foundation for Muskegon County - $200,000


Support for construction and relocation of the Downtown Muskegon Farmers Market to foster downtown economic activity, increase access to healthy food, and support local agribusiness.

Council of Michigan Foundations, Inc. - $23,000


Support for the Governor's Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives' West Michigan office working to advance Michigan's urban revitalization efforts.

Grand Action Foundation - $500,000


Support for the Downtown Market's Phase II Challenge Campaign.

Habitat for Humanity of Kent County, Inc. - $250,000


Support for Habitat for Humanity of Kent County's Building Blocks Campaign designed to help restore West Michigan Neighborhoods.

Harbor Hall Foundation - $7,500


Support to assist with governance, management, and fundraising capacity of this Northern Michigan agency that partners with individuals and families facing drug and alcohol addiction.

Health Intervention Services - $17,000


Support to expand access to critical medical and dental services to vulnerable families in a core city Grand Rapids neighborhood.

Mary Free Bed Hospital and Rehabilitation Center - $800,000


Support for the expansion and renovation of the only comprehensive and independent rehabilitation center in West Michigan.

Michigan Land Use Institute - $20,000


Support for strategic planning related to the launch of a regional strategic community engagement initiative entitled Grand Vision.

Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan - $150,000


Support for the Standing Tall Capital Campaign to improve access to healthcare and the client experience through the renovation of its Grand Rapids, Petoskey, Traverse City and Marquette Health Centers.

The Right Place Foundation - $25,500


Support for the West Michigan Economic Development Collaborative to coordinate and implement economic development services in the 13-county West Michigan region.

Traffic Squad Safety & Community Action Fund - $25,000

Capital support for the Kent County Training and Community Riding Center, a permanent facility constructed to ensure the longevity and specialized training of the Kent County Sheriff Department’s Traffic Squad Mounted Unit.

Wedgwood Christian Services, Inc. - $400,000


Support for Growing Hope for Children Capital Campaign to improve facilities and expand programming on behalf of adjudicated, abused and otherwise vulnerable children and youth.

West Grand Neighborhood Organization - $24,400


Support for the Westside Area Specific Plan including economic development planning for Stockbridge & West Leonard commercial business districts, and Community Improvement District plans for Stockbridge, West Leonard & West Fulton Business Districts.

Enhancing the Lives of Children and Their Families

Algoma Township - $17,500


Support for the design and construction of a year-round community archery facility sited in northeastern Kent County.

Baxter Community Center, Inc. - $5,350


Support to promote robust organizational infrastructure of a community-based, nationally accredited early education and care provider.

Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth, Inc. - $200,000


Support for Building Bridges for Brighter Futures Campaign to fund a 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.

First Steps Kent - $210,000


Support for structured cross-sector community collaborative designed to ensure every young child in Kent County enters Kindergarten healthy and ready to suceed in school and life.

Grand Rapids Children's Museum - $10,000


Support for a parent education pilot program and 15th Anniversary Symposium.

KConnect - $240,000


Launch of KConnect, a critical 'backbone' support entity for a highly-structured county-wide, strategic collaborative that will guide the community's collective impact initiative related to improving outcomes - cradle to career - on behalf of Kent County's children and families.

Michigan Humanities Council - $5,000


Support for the biennial statewide reading initiative, Great Michigan Read program and the 2013-14 selection of Annie's Ghosts, written by Washington Post Associate Editor and Detroit native Steve Luxenberg.

Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation - $6,000


Stabilization of a trusted provider of high-quality childcare ensuring the provision of critical work supports for Emmet county families with young children.

Nurturing Community Arts

ArtPrize Grand Rapids - $80,000


Support to develop a sustaining membership base by expanding its membership program, promoting community ownership and financial sustainability.

Cultural Data Project - $15,000


Continued support for the Michigan Cultural Data Project, a powerful online management tool designed to strengthen the statewide nonprofit arts and cultural sector.

Ferris State University - $500,000


Support for the merger of the Urban Institue for Contemporary Arts with Kendall College of Art & Design at Ferris State University.

Grand Rapids Symphony - $10,500


Phase II planning support for the Grand Rapids School of the Arts.

Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation - $110,000


Support for the renovation of the Cathedral and Historic Barns and construction of an amphitheater as well as the initial development of an integrated, permanent botanical garden on the site of the former State Mental Health Hospital in Traverse City.

Manistee County Community Foundation - $100,000


Support to restore the Vogue Theatre and revitalize downtown Manistee.

Public Museum of Grand Rapids Friends Foundation - $79,400


Support for the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium renovation project which includes technology upgrades and facility renovations to enhance both production capacity and quality of program presentation.

Site:Lab, Inc. - $7,000


Support for the 54 Jefferson project: a series of exhibitions/events exploring the question of what might become of the old Grand Rapids Public Museum at 54 Jefferson Ave.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - $45,000


Support for Intensive Consultations and Community Board Seminars for community arts organizations in Grand Rapids.

West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology - $100,000


Support for WMCAT's Teen Arts Program: To implement, evaluate, disseminate and strengthen a new project-based learning model for urban teens in an after-school arts program.

Protecting the Environment

County of Charlevoix - $40,000


Support for the Boyne City to Charlevoix non-motorized trail expansion project connecting the Little Traverse Wheelway and Boyne City/Charlevoix Rd.

Grand Rapids Whitewater, Inc. - $25,000


Support for an economic impact analysis of restoring the rapids to the Grand River.

Land Information Access Association - $25,000


Support for the Up North Trails program, leveraging recreational assets for community and economic development and resilience in Emmet and Charlevoix counties.

Little Traverse Conservancy, Inc. - $62,500


Support for the purchase and protection of the former Camp Seagull property in Hayes Township providing public access, recreational opportunities and natural connections for wildlife.

Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy - $4,500


Support for the development of 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.

Trout Unlimited - $60,000


Support for phase II of the Home Rivers Initiative on the Rogue River, a blue-ribbon trout stream and tributary to the Grand River.

Strengthening Philanthropy

Council of Michigan Foundations, Inc. - $25,000


Support for the 41st annual convening of grantmakers held at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids.

Grand Valley State University - $3,000


Support for a documentary film entitled "What is Philanthropy?" created to enhance the understanding of the concept of philanthropy and its role in American culture and society.

Grand Valley State University - $25,000


Support for the Johnson Center's biennial National Summit on Family Philanthropy intended to enhance the effectiveness of family giving.

Grants Archives

Grants from 2013

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