The Love Where You Live Environment Fund supports environmental justice programs and projects in Kalamazoo County.

Environmental justice efforts seek to ensure the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of people in issues that impact health and sustainability of the environment. Annually the Kalamazoo Community Foundation requests proposals that support environmental programs and projects in Kalamazoo County according to the following priorities:

To learn more about the fund and grantmaking process, please contact Kari Benjamin at 269.381.4416 or

Projects We Have Funded Previously:

  • Kalamazoo Conservation District | Conservorama
  • Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy | Creating Universal Access to Nature at Bow in the Clouds Preserve – Phase 2
  • Hope for Creation | Capacity Expansion and Program Development
  • The Urban Folk Art Exploratory | Zoo City Food and Farm Network

  • City of Parchment | Envisioning Our River
  • Kalamazoo College | Lillian Anderson Arboretum Pollinator Friendly Landscape Restoration Project
  • Kalamazoo Conservative District | Conservorama
  • Merze Tate Explorers | Exploring Our Water: Where Does It Come From? (Student-led documentary)
  • Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy | Augusta Creek and Gull Lake Watershed Conservation & Water Resources Awareness Project

  • Kalamazoo Conservation District | Kalamazoo Conservation District 2018 Educational Programming
  • Four Township Water Resources | Building Community Through Watershed Management
  • Oshtemo Township | Prairie Restoration and Interpretive Signs at Drake Farmstead Park for Environmental Protection, Economic Development, and Education

  • Kalamazoo River Watershed Council | Jump on Board: Green Infrastructure Community Training
  • Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy | Bow In the Clouds Preserve Enhancements
  • Kalamazoo County Drain Commission | Interfaith Community River Cleanup

  • Kalamazoo Conservation District | Kalamazoo Conservation District 2015-2016 Educational Programming
  • Kalamazoo River Watershed Council | Eat Safe Fish Kalamazoo

  • Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy | KL Avenue Preserve Public Access Project
  • Kalamazoo River Watershed Council | Refining the Kalamazoo Water Festival: Focusing on the Future of Freshwater
  • Kalamazoo Nature Center | Conservation Leadership Program
  • Kalamazoo River Cleanup Coalition | Heritage Water Trail, Kalamazoo River

  • Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools | Taking Advantage of aTeachable Moment for Environmental Education
  • Kalamazoo Nature Center | Kalamazoo Butterfly Network Urban Youth Outreach Program
  • IDEA Association | Trybal Revival Garden Vermiculture Composting
  • IDEA Association | Event Greening and Community Education Campaign
  • Kalamazoo River Watershed Council | Updating the Kalamazoo River Watershed Management Plan to Protect Our Shared Water Resources
  • Kalamazoo River Cleanup Coalition | Water Wizards