Grants Awarded

Since 1925, we've provided essential funding to programs that ensure all of our children have an equitable chance for success in school, nurture and prepare all of our young people for life beyond school, support individuals and families, enhance community prosperity, and make life in Kalamazoo County better for all. Listed here are responsive grants awarded in 2016.

First Round

We awarded 18 grants totaling nearly $894,000 to Kalamazoo County nonprofits in our first grantmaking round of 2016. Grants were provided to: 

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kalamazoo 
  • Building Blocks
  • Can-Do Kitchen
  • Christian Neighbors
  • Educating For Freedom In Schools
  • Guardian Finance and Advocacy Services
  • Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety
  • Kalamazoo County Ready 4s
  • Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
  • Kalamazoo Nature Center Preschool Scholarships
  • Kalamazoo RESA STEM Programming
  • Michigan United
  • Ministry with Community
  • Open Roads Cycles of Safety
  • Parent to Parent of Southwest Michigan
  • Pretty Lake Camp
  • STREET After School Program 

Second Round

We awarded 23 grants totaling $1.2 million to Kalamazoo County nonprofits in our second grantmaking round of 2016. Grants were provided to: 

  • City of Kalamazoo / Bronson Park 21st Century Campaign
  • Communities in Schools Kalamazoo
  • Community Healing Centers
  • Douglass Community Association
  • Edison Neighborhood Association
  • Friendship House
  • Girls on the Run
  • Goodwill Industries of Southwest Michigan
  • Hispanic American Council
  • Kalamazoo Civic Theatre
  • Kalamazoo County Public Housing Commission
  • Kalamazoo Kids in Tune
  • Kalamazoo Literacy Council
  • Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes
  • Kalamazoo Neighborhood Housing Services
  • Marvelous Music!
  • Michigan Immigrants Rights Center / Welcoming Kalamazoo
  • Planned Parenthood Mid and South Michigan / Bridging the Gap
  • SLD Read
  • United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region
  • Urban Alliance
  • Vibrant Kalamazoo
  • Village of Vicksburg

Third Round

We awarded 21 grants totaling $769,030 to Kalamazoo County nonprofits in the third grantmaking round of 2016.  

  • AACORN Farm Vocational Program
  • ABCDance
  • Air Zoo Galaxy Trekkers
  • Black Arts and Cultural Center
  • Bronson Health Foundation / Frequent User Support Engagement
  • Community Promise Federal Credit Union
  • Eastside Youth Strong
  • Ecumenical Senior Center
  • Education ReConnection
  • Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan
  • Gryphon Place Youth Suicide Prevention
  • Justice for our Neighbors
  • Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation
  • Open Doors Kalamazoo
  • Out Front Kalamazoo / Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center
  • Portage Community Center
  • Prevention Works, Inc.
  • YWCA of Kalamazoo

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