Community Foundation awards third quarter grants

The Kalamazoo Community Foundation awarded $2.3 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in the third quarter of 2013.
 
Meanwhile, $340,000 in grant requests went unfunded due to a lack of available resources. During first and second quarters, a total of $1.2 million in grant requests could not be met.
 
“We struggle with not having the resources to fund all of the requests we receive,” says Suprotik Stotz-Ghosh, our vice president for Community Investment. “Even with the additional resources we will have available through the W.E. Upjohn Prizes Trust announced this past summer, our quarterly grantmaking will not meet the ever increasing needs of our community.”  
 

Responsive grants totaled $436,080, supporting the Community Foundation’s community investment priorities: Early Childhood Learning and School Readiness, Economic and Community Development, Individuals and Families, and Youth Development. They include:

  • Ministry with Community $55,000 for operational support.
  • Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra $50,000 for Kalamazoo Kids in Tune.
  • Northside Association for Community Development $50,000 for NACD Campus/HEAL Program.
  • ISAAC $48,500 for operating expenses for Effective Community Building.
  • MRC Industries $40,000 for operational support.
  • Kalamazoo Center for Youth & Community $37,580 for quality youth development and neighborhood collective impact.
  • Planned Parenthood Mid and South Michigan $30,000 for Healthy Outcomes project.
  • Fair Food Matters $30,000 for Fall 2013 Program and Organization Capacity-Building Initiative.
  • Kalamazoo Drop-In Child Care Center $25,000 for free child care for low-income families.
  • Open Doors Kalamazoo $25,000 for Residence Community for Working People.
  • Prevention Works $25,000 for JumpStart project for health and life skills education at four county middle schools.
  • Open Roads $20,000 for Open Roads program manager grant.

Grant distributions through Advised Funds totaled almost $500,000.

Grants from Field-of-Interest Funds totaled more than $650,000.

Distributions from Designated Funds, which are established for the benefit of nonprofit agencies, totaled more than $700,000.
 
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