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+, an immigrant, DACAmented will be prioritized.

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 previous grant-funded partner.

April 2022: Open interest form.

May 2022: Participants will be selected, notified, and funds will be awarded.

June-November 2022: Leaders will engage in rest, respite, wellness, or coaching and complete an optional feedback survey (tentative)

Partners can request a maximum of $5,000

  • Medical expenses
  • Previously incurred expenses
  • Higher education expenses (see KZCF Scholarships)
  • 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

Apply for a Sustaining Grant

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.