2012 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.

Community Capital Projects

Cherry Street Health Services, Inc. - $57,500


Capital support to build the Southwest Grand Rapids Community Health Center. Located in Wyoming, MI the center is expected to increase access to primary health care to thousands of additional vulnerable families in a federally designated, medically underserved area.

Communities Overcoming Violent Encounters - $140,000


Support for a capital campaign to construct a new facility that will bring administrative, shelter and support services to a single location. Communities Overcoming Violent Encounters is currently the only shelter serving Mason, Lake, and Oceana Counties that provides services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and homeless women with children.

Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center - $125,000


Support for phase II of a three phase capital campaign to purchase, design, renovate, and reconfigure the former Vandenberg Elementary School to house the K-5 Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center and the successful Reggio-Emilia early childhood education program.

Grand Rapids University Preparatory Association - $500,000


Support for the Inspire, Achieve, Realize capital campaign to design and construct a new state-of-the-art middle/high school on the southern edge of downtown Grand Rapids. Modeled after a successful program in Southeast Michigan, Grand Rapids University Prep Academy holds promise for improved outcomes for students in the Grand Rapids Public School district.

Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation - $500,000


A challenge grant for the construction of the Cowell Family Cancer Center at Munson Hospital, a facility that will serve as northern Michigan’s most comprehensive resource for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and related disorders. Project also includes naturalization of a portion of Kid’s Creek, a major tributary of the Boardman River.

Preservation Association of Beaver Island - $75,000


Support for the Beaver Island Community Center's capital campaign.

Saint Mary's Health Care - $175,000


Support for the LEED-certified renovation of a historic building for use as extended stay facility for patients and family members of patients who come from outside of the area for treatment at Saint Mary's Hospital.

Encouraging Civic Progress

City of Harbor Springs - $6,250


Funding support for the Downtown Enhancement Study.

Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation - $50,000


Support for Hurricane Sandy Relief, particularly those hardest hit on Staten Island.

Dwelling Place of Grand Rapids - $150,000


Support for the redesign and renovation of the Herkimer Hotel and the surrounding city block - an historic site that provides affordable housing for low-income individuals along South Division in downtown Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids Rowing Association - $25,000


Support for course development and site improvements to highlight Grand Rapids and the Grand River as a premier location for the 2012 Mid-American Collegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta, as well as other competitive rowing events.

Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation - $15,000


Supporting skilled and professional board development for the YMCA of Northern Michigan.

Senior Neighbors, Inc. - $15,000


Support for the relocation and renovation of Senior Neighbors' Central Office to a new first floor suite in the agency’s current location in order to increase access for their clients.

YWCA West Central Michigan - $265,000


Support for a capital campaign to renovate two YWCA facilities in downtown Grand Rapids, enhance technology for improved outreach, and expand services to reach highly vulnerable populations.

Enhancing the Lives of Children and Their Families

County of Kent - $75,000


Support to acquire and renovate a vacant, former community library for use as a consolidated health and dental clinic for economically vulnerable families. This new clinic will be located on the southern edge of Kent County, and will be designed to improve access to dentalcare for low-income, uninsured and underinsured families.

Holy Name of Jesus - $50,000


Support for structural repairs to a highly used facility that serves as a K-8 school (San Juan Diego Academy) and community center.

Indian Trails Camp - $20,476


Support for a capital campaign to construct a barrier-free, outdoor amphitheater on the camp's 15 acre site in Aman Park, west of downtown Grand Rapids.

MomsBloom - $10,000


Support to assist MomsBloom in broadening its donor base.

Nurturing Community Arts

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park - $250,000


Support for the creation of The Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden at Frederik Meijer Garden and Sculpture Park.

Grand Rapids Art Museum - $50,000


Support for the Community Arts Expansion pilot which includes components to grow the Museum's audience and base of support by maximizing the impact of interpretive and outreach programs for adults.

Grand Rapids Art Museum - $25,000


Support for the Real/Surreal exhibition.

Grand Rapids Ballet Company - $100,000


Support for the "Stepping Forward Campaign," which is aimed at enhancing the Grand Rapids Ballet Company's service to the community and state through repertoire and facility investments, program enhancements, and touring support.

Grand Rapids Community Media Center - $27,500


Support for the Wealthy Theatre Centennial Sustainability project, which is aimed at addressing operational vulnerabilities, expanding accessibility by the community and long-term sustainability.

Muskegon Museum of Art Foundation - $350,000


Support for facility improvements and programming associated with the INSPIRE Campaign. This campaign is designed to support the transition of this centennial art museum from the public schools to the Museum’s foundation. Its focus is on long-term sustainability through endowment, facility improvements and exhibition underwriting.

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation - $800,000


Support for the "Campaign for the Legacy of President Gerald R. Ford: A Legacy of Integrity" which includes the redesign of the permanent museum exhibit, the addition of a two-story Student Learning Center, digitization of archival material at the library, and up to two legacy projects.

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts - $50,000


Support for an interim stability plan as outlined by the Kennedy Center’s DeVos Institute for Arts Management.

Protecting the Environment

City of Grand Rapids - $10,000


Support for a stormwater mitigation demonstration project on Plainfield Avenue.

Council of Michigan Foundations - $15,000


Support for the start-up of the Great Lakes Funders Collaborative.

Friends of the Boyne, Inc. - $8,200


For the creation of the Boyne River Natural Area.

Grand Rapids Public Schools - $100,000


Support for the construction of a permanent facility to house the Blandford School, an integrated, experiential environmental school for 6th graders in the Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy - $75,000


Support for the launch of the FarmAbility program - an interim financing mechanism to protect farmland along the US-31 corridor.

Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition - $45,000


Support for the launch of a broad-based coalition that advocates for bicycling to become a daily activity throughout the Greater Grand Rapids region.

Strengthening Philanthropy

Char-Em United Way, Inc. - $90,000


Support as a three-year challenge grant designed to increase total giving to the Char-Em United Way annual campaign by 25% over three years

Grants Managers Network - $4,636


Support for Phase IV of Project Streamline, a national collaborative effort created to reduce the administrative burden associated with the grants process on behalf of grant seekers and grantees.

Grants Archives

Grants from 2012

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