KZCF Grants Support Equity and Education in Kalamazoo County

Kalamazoo Community Foundation (KZCF) recently awarded $2.3 million in grants to 57 nonprofit programs throughout Kalamazoo County in the year's first round of grantmaking. 

All programs supported by these grants align with KZCF's giving priorities of equity and education. Meanwhile, local nonprofits also received grants and distributions from KZCF Advised and Designated Funds.

"We are proud to partner with the 57 programs that received funding in this first major grant cycle of 2019," says Martha Gonzalez-Cortes, vice president of Community Investment. "We are inspired by the commitment to equity demonstrated by our grantee partners in service to the greater Kalamazoo community. We thank our many donors throughout the years who make these grants possible, and appreciate the dedication of these nonprofits who are making life better in our community."

Three organizations receiving multi-year grants are: El Concilio, Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes, and Northside Association for Community Development.

Nonprofits interested in receiving a grant are encouraged to review the giving priorities for program alignment and submit a Letter of Inquiry at Deadlines for grant cycles are also listed online. 

Round one grants were awarded to the following Kalamazoo County organizations: 

•Action for Liberation | From leadership to liberation

•Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo | Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training for the arts sector

•Big Brothers Big Sisters | One-to-One Mentoring

•Boy Scouts of America, Southern Shores Field Service Council | HEROES

•Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kalamazoo | General operating request

•Can-Do Kitchen | Access to Food Entrepreneurship

•Christian Neighbors | Neighbors Caring for Neighbors

•City of Kalamazoo | Emergency warming shelters

•City of Kalamazoo Parks & Recreation | 2019 SuperRec Program

•Communities In Schools | Integrated student support and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) work

•CARES | General support

•Community Healing Centers, Inc. | S.T.R.E.E.T. After School Program

•Community Homeworks | Critical Home Repairs

•Community Living Options | 2019 Camp Amigo

•Disability Network Southwest Michigan | Independent Living Program

•El Concilio | Multi-year funding for Por un mejor Futuro: Educación, Equidad y Cultura (For a better Future: Education, Equity and Culture)

•Equality Michigan | Equality Michigan 2019 Integrated Voter Engagement

•Goodwill Industries of SWMI | Guias de Vida (Life Guides)

•Healthy House | Healthy House Resident Extension Program

•Heritage Community of Kalamazoo | The Memory Care Learning Center

•InterAct of Michigan, Inc. | Substance Abuse Services Medication Clinic

•InterFaith Homes | Youth Summer Field Trip

•Intrepid Professional Women Network, Inc. | Professional Women Network

•Kalamazoo County Ready 4s | Kalamazoo County Ready 4s

•Kalamazoo Institute of Arts | General operating funds

•Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes | Multi-year funding for Food Security in Kalamazoo County

•Kalamazoo Neighborhood Housing Services | Homeownership Service, Lead-based Paint Hazard Reduction Program

•Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra | Kalamazoo Kids In Tune & Orchestra Rouh

•Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra | Marvelous Music

•KYDNet | Equity, Quality, and Social Emotional Learning; Ensuring all Kalamazoo County youth are "Ready by 21"

•KPEP | Hospitality vocational training

•Leader Dogs for the Blind | Guide dog and mobility programs

•Michigan Nonprofit Association | Michigan Nonprofits Count Campaign

•Michigan United | Community organizing to support Immigrants & returning citizens

•Milwood United Methodist Church | Milwood Community Pantry

•Ministry with Community | Drop-In, Resource Center, and Rebuilding Lives Project

•Muscular Dystrophy Association | 2019 MDA Summer Camp Program

•Northside Association for Community Development | Multi-year funding for Residents Implementing Our Plan

•Northside Preschools | General support

•Open Roads Bike Program | Leadership Programs & Youth Lounge Resource Access

•Pine Rest Foundation | CenterPointe Crisis Residential Treatment

•Planned Parenthood of Michigan | Sexual Health Equity through Education and Care

•Pretty Lake Camp | First Time Campers Program

•Queer Theatre, Inc. | Queer Theatre Kalamazoo Expansion

•Read and Write Kalamazoo | RAWK On! Program Maximization

•Renaissance Enterprises | Kalamazoo County Senior Outreach

•Residential Opportunities, Inc. | ROI Affordable Housing Program

•Seeding Change | Great Lakes PeaceJam capacity expansion

•Senior Services | Project Fresh

•SLD Read |General support

•State of Michigan Department of Health & Human Services | Pathways to Potential

•The Arc Community Advocates | Educational advocacy in Kalamazoo County

•Urban Alliance | Momentum Urban Employment Initiative

•Vibrant Kalamazoo (Kalamazoo County Land Bank) |  Repurposing Abandoned Land & Land Bank Equity Training

•Western Michigan University Foundation | College Assistance Migrant Program

•YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo | Youth development and organizational capacity-building initiatives

•Young Kings and Queens, Inc. | Increase capacity

KZCF, established in 1925, has the vision of Kalamazoo County being the most equitable place to live, with the mission to remove barriers through building relationships and connecting resources so people can reach full potential. Learn more at

Posted June 19, 2019


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