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Foundation awards $4.1M in grants

July 25, 2014
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The Kalamazoo Community Foundation, founded in 1925, started with $1,000 from one person and is now supported by thousands of philanthropists. It will soon occupy the former Arcus Foundation building in Kalamazoo. Courtesy Kalamazoo Community Foundation

Millions of grant dollars are being put back into the community, thanks to a West Michigan foundation.

The Kalamazoo Community Foundation recently awarded about $4.1 million in second-quarter grants.

“We are energized by this round of grant making, allowing us to address such a wide variety of community needs,” said Carrie Pickett-Erway, the foundation’s president and CEO. “We’re thankful for our donors who have made large and small gifts and recognize the hard work by the volunteers on our Community Investment Committee for providing their insights on how to best meet the many demands throughout the community — both current and future needs.”

The grants made through the foundation’s advised funds, which are donor-suggested grants, came to about $696,000.

Grants made through field-of-interest funds came to about $424,000, and distributions from funds established for nonprofits came to about $1.6 million.

There were also 22 responsive grants that totaled about $1,397,513 and were made to organizations to support the foundation’s investment in early childhood, family and community development.

Responsive grants

Kalamazoo County Ready 4’s: $350,000 to support high quality pre-kindergarten

Housing Resources: $175,000 to support the Housing Stabilization program

Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes: $150,000 to support building a food-secure Kalamazoo

Comstock Community Center: $97,200 for the Community Learning Center

Crescendo Academy of Music: $83,000 for the Marvelous Music program

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra: $50,000 to support Kalamazoo Kids in Tune

Western Michigan University Foundation: $50,000 to support Kalamazoo County’s Infant Foster Care unit

Douglass Community Association: $50,000 for operational support

Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum Air Zoo: $50,000 for space expansion

Michigan United: $40,000 for capacity building

Pride of Scotts: $40,000 for building improvements

Volunteer Kalamazoo: $40,000 for volunteer engagement and nonprofit capacity building

Kalamazoo RESA: $35,000 to support Education ReConnection

YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo: $35,000 to support the Summer Advantage program

Parent to Parent of SWMI: $26,916 for general program support

Edison Neighborhood Association: $25,000 to support the Edison Go Green Deconstruction project

Kalamazoo Push for Learning: $24,565 for student tutoring and mentoring

Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan: $22,832 for cultural competency evaluation

Kalamazoo Book Arts Center: $20,000 for educational program support

Constance Brown Hearing Centers: $15,000 to support safety and accessibility

Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society: $10,000 to support the Racial Healing Initiative summer and fall programs

Kalamazoo Civic Theatre: $8,000 for scholarships for the Academy of Theatre Arts

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