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Nonprofit wins $2.4M grant for families in poverty
A foundation is committing $2.4 million to a local nonprofit help “raise vulnerable children and families out of poverty” in Grand Rapids’ neighborhoods.
LINC Community Revitalization in Grand Rapids said today that the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek awarded the grant to the nonprofit, which targets Grand Rapids' Southtown neighborhood.
LINC said that its efforts being funded by the grant will begin late this month and continue until April 30, 2017.
“Better neighborhoods allow a sense of safety and security that promotes hope for the future,” said Darel Ross, co-executive director, LINC. “When children have hope, they are able to invest time and energy towards making that hope a reality.”
LINC helps revitalize neighborhoods in the city through its housing and business development programs, including its business incubator on Madison Avenue SE.
LINC plans to use the money to expand on its model of “capacity building,” economic development and community engagement, especially in predominantly Latino and African-American neighborhoods in Grand Rapids, according to Ross.
“This grant is not about creating programs, but about creating conditions for success in the neighborhoods LINC serves,” Ross said. “We are excited, because so many talented people will benefit from the opportunities provided by this W.K. Kellogg Foundation support.”
LINC completed its first housing project in 2002. It said it has since helped invest $42 million in neighborhood housing and commercial projects and created a network of more than 14,000 residents.