The Kalamazoo Community Foundation is funding the Sustaining BIPOC Leaders initiative to provide rest, respite, professional development, executive coaching, and wellness grants to local nonprofit leaders.

These grants will be provided to leaders in Kalamazoo County who identify as one or more of the following:

Leaders with a disability and/or are LGBTQ+ will be prioritized. These grants are also available to individuals who have DACA or are undocumented.

Why this is important

Many nonprofits do not have resources to cover the full costs of their operations and leaders are overworked, underpaid, and under-resourced. Leaders of color often sacrifice their own well-being to stay committed to their cause. Leaders of color – women leaders of color in particular – often carry the greatest load in advancing racial equity and social justice work.

Initiative Details

  • Identify as Black, Indigenous, person of color (BIPOC), Latino/a/x, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, multiracial, has a disability, is LGBTQ+, an immigrant, is undocumented or DACAmented in Kalamazoo County.
  • Leaders are defined as CEOs, executive directors, associate/assistant directors, directors, managers, community organizers or any individual who is overseeing and guiding people or an organization regardless of positional title.
  • Current or previously grant-funded partner. NOTE: Only one leader per organization will be considered for funding at this time.

June 29, 2022
Interest form opens

July 14, 2022
Interest form closes

Late July/Early August
Recipients notified; grant awards processed

August - November 2022
Leaders will engage in rest, respite, wellness, coaching, or activity of their choice

January 2023
Optional feedback survey distributed to participants

Partners can request a maximum of $3,000.

  • Medical expenses
  • Previously incurred expenses
  • Overall team or organization support, although the funds will be disbursed to the partner organization, they are to be used for the leader who completed the interest form

This initiative is centered on KZCF’s core values: Center Anti-Racism and Equity, Cultivate Transformative Relationships, Nurture Healing & Love, Serve the Greater Good, and Learn & Grow.