Kalamazoo Community Foundation invests in a more equitable community

Kalamazoo Community Foundation awarded $2.6 million in grants to 32 nonprofit programs in Kalamazoo County in this year's first round of grantmaking. Each grant is made considering the impact it will have in making Kalamazoo County the most equitable place to live. 

"Our local partners have made incredible adaptations and innovations to ensure they continue to deliver critical programs and services through dual pandemics," said Sandy Barry-Loken, Vice President of Grants at KZCF.  "We are so grateful to be in partnership as we work toward a more equitable and just community." 

2021 first round grants were awarded to the following Kalamazoo County organizations: 

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters | One to One Mentoring
  • Black Wall Street | Black Business Hub
  • Can-Do Kitchen | Rising to the Needs of Food Entrepreneurs
  • Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo | Integrated Student Services
  • Community Healing Centers, Inc. | Early Intervention Program
  • Community Healing Centers, Inc. | STREET After School Program & Niñas Del Corazon
  • Douglass Community Association | Fulfilling our Promise to Our Community
  • Emergent Justice | Emergent Justice
  • Goodwill Industries of SWMI | Life Guides/Guias de Vida
  • Healthy House | Healthy House Extended Stay Program
  • Helen L. Fox Gospel Music | Music Education Program
  • Kalamazoo Collective Housing | Affordable Housing Cooperative
  • Kalamazoo County Ready 4s | Kalamazoo County Ready 4s
  • Kalamazoo Defender | Client Advocate Office
  • Kalamazoo Literacy Council | Everyone Needs to Read Adult Literacy Initiative
  • Kalamazoo Neighborhood Housing Services | Homeownership Access and Sustainability
  • Kalamazoo RESA | Valley Center
  • Kalamazoo RESA | Building County-wide Capacity in School Climate
  • Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra | Marvelous Music
  • Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra | Kalamazoo Kids in Tune & Orchestra Rouh
  • Kids International Home (PreK International) | Summer Learning/Operational Support
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation | Strategic Planning/Operating
  • Michigan Immigrant Rights Center | Policy Advocacy and Direct Defense for Kalamazoo’s Immigrant Community
  • Michigan State AFL-CIO | Access for All Apprenticeship Readiness Program
  • Michigan United | Leadership Development for Criminal Justice Reform
  • Ministry with Community | Drop-In, Resource Center, and Member Safety Project Lives Project
  • MRC Industries, Inc. | McKercher Skill-Building program
  • Northside Preschools | Northside Preschools
  • Seeds for Success | Seeds for Success Sustainability
  • Vibrant Kalamazoo | Community Engagement
  • YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo | Operational Support
  • YWCA of Kalamazoo | Cradle Kalamazoo
Throughout the year, the Kalamazoo Community Foundation awards grants to Kalamazoo County nonprofits and projects that are fiscally sponsored. Additionally, a variety of nonprofits receive grants and distributions from Advised, Field-of-Interest and Designated Funds.

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. For more details on the organizations funded, visit kalfound.org/Grants/GrantsAwarded.

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