Foundations, grants and services


Nonprofits reopen home repair grant applications

Home Repair Services of Kent County and Amplify GR are reopening applications for home repair grants of up to $5,000 for eligible residents of southeast Grand Rapids.

Partners address homelessness

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting almost every aspect of American life, especially housing.

Rapid schedules three community-building events along Division Avenue

The Rapid, in partnership with Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. and the cities of Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Wyoming, will host three community events in early October as part of the Division United project.

Warner Norcross + Judd’s Kalamazoo office implements impact gift program

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP recently rolled out a new annual community impact gift program that will provide financial contributions to one or more organizations that support relevant issues in the community and address current needs of area residents.

Comerica, GROW partner on Business $ense Boot Camps

Comerica Bank is contributing $112,000 to Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women to aid West Michigan entrepreneurs and small businesses.

United Way, Kent County announce first-round nonprofit grant recipients

Heart of West Michigan United Way and Kent County selected the first wave of recipients for the Kent County Nonprofit Organization COVID-19 Grant Fund established this summer.

Dégagé Ministries moves forward with Pillowcase Project

An art exhibit originally planned for ArtPrize is moving ahead despite the competition’s cancellation.

City awards $64K in neighborhood grants

The city of Grand Rapids awarded contracts to support nine projects that focus on COVID-19 resiliency and addressing the impacts of structural racism.

Kellogg providing 1.3 million meals for Hurricane Laura relief

Kellogg Company committed to providing over 1.3 million servings of food to support those impacted by Hurricane Laura.

Jump Ahead L3C selling hats at Bridge Street Market

A youth-focused organization that is working toward opening a community center is selling hats in the Bridge Street Market.

GreenHome Institute elects new board

A nonprofit focused on empowering people to make green building and renovation choices elected its first woman chair and added three other board members.

Boston Square developers receive rezoning approval

The Grand Rapids City Commission granted approval to a trio of nonprofits seeking to rezone a site in the Boston Square neighborhood to boost equitable opportunities for residents.

Dégagé Ministries launches $1.3M fundraising campaign for expansion

Dégagé Ministries this week is officially kicking off the public fundraising phase of a $6.7 million campaign to expand the nonprofit’s footprint and services.

Friends of GR Parks, Uptown GR partner to build tables for social zones

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is best known for planting trees with volunteers throughout Grand Rapids, but on Thursday, volunteers are working with wood for another purpose.

Public Agency at WMCAT opens applications for community justice program

An equity-centered design consultancy and social enterprise of the West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology is seeking applicants for its tuition-free Community Catalysts program.

Michigan organizations contribute $575,000 to help health care providers fight suicide

Five Michigan organizations came together to make $575,000 available for health care providers to develop solutions to suicide, especially among populations experiencing health disparities. 

Community center launches program to address birth disparities

Baxter Community Center is hosting a community-based doula program following the hiring of Kiara Baskin, the initiative's first program manager.

Flint, business group settle lawsuit over boy’s handcuffing

FLINT — A Michigan city and a business group have agreed to pay $40,000 to settle a lawsuit over the handcuffing of a 7-year-old boy at an after-school program in 2015.

Nonprofit hosting virtual event on COVID-19’s impact on Black community

A nonprofit that is working to create an African American cultural center in Grand Rapids will host a Zoom discussion on the impact of the coronavirus on the Black community.

GRCC partners with farm organization to provide produce to students

Plainsong Farms, a nonprofit organization in Rockford, is the latest to partner with Grand Rapids Community College’s Office of Student Life to provide produce to students who need food during this pandemic.

Wolverine, Metallica nonprofit partner on boots for a cause

A local footwear brand is partnering with Metallica’s nonprofit to roll out two pairs of limited-edition boots, with all proceeds going to educate skilled trades students.

Report: Nonprofits secured 3.7% of loans under the PPP

A new report from the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University shows about 40% of nonprofits eligible for loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) received them.

Hope College connects with city

Hope College is looking to pay it forward.The college has launched the No Place Like Home initiative to help faculty and students in the arts and humanities build relationships with local nonprofit organizations and community leaders who work for the state or local government and public education in Holland.

WMEAC to host weeklong Mayors’ Grand River Cleanup

The West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) will host the annual Mayors’ Grand River Cleanup next month, turning it into a weeklong event to respect COVID-19 social distancing measures.

Grand Circus partners with nonprofit to give students real-time data

Grand Circus and the Great Lakes Observing System announced a partnership to incorporate live environmental data into the coding academy’s training programs.