2020 First round grants support equity in Kalamazoo County

Kalamazoo Community Foundation (KZCF) recently awarded $3.1 million in grants to 75 nonprofit programs throughout Kalamazoo County in the year's first round of grantmaking.

All programs supported align with KZCF's giving priorities of equity and education. Additionally, many local nonprofits not listed receive grants and distributions from KZCF Advised and Designated Funds.

"In March, KZCF activated our Community Urgent Relief Fund in response to the Coronavirus pandemic and our Community Investment team launched into crisis grantmaking," said Martha Gonzalez-Cortes, vice president of Community Investment at KZCF. "I'm proud that in the midst of the crisis our team was able to respond simultaneously to immediate nonprofit needs due to COVID-19 and continue our traditional grantmaking to address long-term investment priorities of equity and education." 

2020 first round grants were awarded to the following Kalamazoo County organizations: 

  • African Community Kalamazoo  | African Community project
  •  Big Brothers Big Sisters  | One to One Mentoring
  •  Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kalamazoo  | General Operating Funding
  •  Building Blocks  | Building Resident Leaders
  •  Can-Do Kitchen  | Rising to the Needs of Food Entrepreneurs
  •  Christian Neighbors  | Neighbors Helping Neighbors
  •  City of Kalamazoo - Parks & Recreation  | 2020 SuperRec Youth Development Program
  •  Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo  | Integrated Student Services
  •  Community AIDS Resource and Education Services  | CARES General Support
  •  Community Healing Centers, Inc.  | STREET After School Program & Niñas Del Corazon
  •  Community Healing Centers, Inc.  | Early Intervention Program
  • Community Healing Centers, Inc.  | 12th annual Coming Together Conference on Addiction and Recovery
  •  Community Homeworks  | Housing Equity through Critical Repairs: Raising the standard of living of low-income homeowners
  •  Community Homeworks  | Leadership Transition
  •  Disability Network Southwest Michigan  | Independent Living programs
  •  Douglass Community Association  | Douglass Parking Lot 
  •  Eastside Neighborhood Association  | Operational Support
  •  El Concilio/Hispanic American Council Inc  | La Escuelita Nuevo Horizonte Summer learning program
  •  Family & Children Services  | 2020 January-December - Children's Medical Needs 
  •  Goodwill Industries of SWMI  | Life Guides/Guias de Vida
  •  Healthy House  | Healthy House Extended Stay Program
  •  Helping Other People Exceed (HOPE) thru Navigation  | HOPE thru Transformation - basic needs for returning individuals expected to be released on parole
  •  Inner City Youth for Change | Inner City Youth for Change
  •  Integrated Services of Kalamazoo  | Step up Shelter
  •  Integrated Services of Kalamazoo  | ISK Organizational Anti-Racism Transformation
  •  InterAct of Michigan, Inc.  | Operational Costs
  •  Intrepid Professional Women Network, Inc.  | Dressing for Success
  •  Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival  | Gilmore Piano Labs in Kalamazoo
  •  Kalamazoo Collective Housing  | Affordable Housing Cooperative
  •  Kalamazoo County Government  | Kalamazoo County Identification Card Program
  •  Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home Foundation  | Youth in Transition
  •  Kalamazoo County Public Housing Commission  | LGBTQ+ House for homeless LGBTQ+ youth 18-24
  •  Kalamazoo County Ready 4s  | Kalamazoo County Ready 4s
  •  Kalamazoo County Ready 4s  | Community Resiliency Model Training
  •  Kalamazoo Covenant Academy  | Technology / Transportation
  •  Kalamazoo Defender  | Client Advocate Office
  •  Kalamazoo Neighborhood Housing Services  | Homeownership Access and Sustainability
  •  Kalamazoo Public Schools  | Social Emotional Learning Centers
  •  Kalamazoo Public Schools  | Getting Back to School in Fall 2020 during COVID-19
  •  Kalamazoo Refugee Resource Collaborative  | KRRC Summer School Program: summer school for refugee teenagers living in Kalamazoo
  •  Kalamazoo RESA  | Building County-wide Capacity in School Climate
  •  Kalamazoo RESA  | Targeted Assistance Grant Program
  •  Kalamazoo RESA/Valley Center  | Integrated & Comprehensive Supports for Children with Mental Health, Social, and Behavioral Challenges and Their Families 
  •  Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra  | Kalamazoo Kids in Tune & Orchestra Rouh
  •  Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra  | Marvelous Music
  •  Kalamazoo Youth Development Network (KYD Network)  | KYD Network: Equity, Quality, and Social Emotional Learning; Ensuring all Kalamazoo County youth are Ready by 21
  •  Kids International Home (Pre K International)  | Covid-19 Early Childhood relief for Families
  •  Kids Moving & Thriving  | KMT 5K & Fun Run, Spring Break Enrichment, Summer Triathlon Training and Strategic Planning
  •  Leader Dogs for the Blind  | Guide Dog and Mobility Programs for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  •  Legal Aid of Western Michigan  | LAWM comprehensive needs assessment
  •  Michigan Immigrant Rights Center  | Policy Advocacy and Direct Defense for Kalamazoo’s Immigrant Community
  •  Michigan Organizing Project  | Leadership Development for Criminal Justice Reform
  •  Milwood United Methodist Church  | Milwood Community Pantry
  •  Ministry with Community | Drop-In, Resource Center, and Member Safety Project Lives Project
  •  MRC Industries, Inc.  | McKercher Skill-Building program
  •  Muscular Dystrophy Association  | 2020 MDA Summer Camp Program
  •  New Direction Outreach Center  | Building Clean up
  •  Northside Preschools  | Northside Preschools
  •  ONEplace@kpl  | ONEplace
  •  ONEplace@kpl  | Capacity Building to provide additional educational workshops/presentations in 2020
  •  Open Roads Bike Program  | Operational Support 2020
  •  OutFront Kalamazoo  | Capacity, Fund Development and Strategy Expansion, Diversification and Revision
  •  Paw Paw Public Schools  | Paw Paw Community Chorus-Free Concerts
  •  Pretty Lake Camp  | First Time Campers
  •  Read and Write Kalamazoo  | RAWK 2020 Vision Expansion
  •  Rende Progress Capital  | RPC Planning and Assistance to Kalamazoo Excluded Entrepreneurs [KE2]
  •  SLD Read  | General Programming and Operational Expense
  •  South County Community Services  | Wednesday Winners
  •  State of Michigan Department of Health & Human Services  | Pathways to Potential (P2P)
  •  The Urban Folk Art Exploratory  | Zoo City Food and Farm Network 
  •  United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region  | Continuum of Care Support
  •  United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region  | Community Resilience Program Manager
  •  Vibrant Kalamazoo  | Community Engagement on the Eastside, Land Bank Board and Staff Equity Training Investment
  •  Western Michigan University Foundation  | Office of LBGT Student Services Program Assistant Position 
  •  YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo  | Operational Support
"COVID-19 as well as recent uprisings are placing a spotlight on disparities created by inequitable systems" said Sandy Barry-Loken, senior Community Investment officer at KZCF. "These events underscore the importance of continuing to fund local nonprofit programs that center equity." 

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

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