Community Foundation Holland/Zeeland

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Contact Elizabeth Kidd, Vice President of Community Impact, at 616-994-8851 or via email.

Did You Know:

  • In 2017, we awarded a total of $494,750 in competitive grant awards to 17 local nonprofits.

Community's Endowment Impact

Our competitive grants are funded through our Community’s Endowment, which is our community’s philanthropic resource that will always be available to meet community needs both now and in the future. 

The Community’s Endowment is comprised of Unrestricted and Field of Interest funds that have been established by generous local donors. Each year, CFHZ uses a portion of these funds to invest in community change across a broad range of issue areas addressing our community’s most pressing needs and promising opportunities. 

Learn more about competitive grant guidelines and the application process.

Recently Funded Competitive Grant Awards

See below for the listing of our 2016 competitive grant recipients. 

2017 Competitive Grant Award Recipients

 Grantee/Project Name  Issue Area  Amount  Purpose
Holland Film Group – People, Place and Possibilities: A Story of Immigrants and Entrepreneurs  Arts and Culture  $10,000 To produce a feature-length documentary telling the story of how Holland became an economically dynamic and culturally diverse community.  The film will focus on the area's defining values with the goal of sharing them with students, residents, visitors and potential business owners and employees.
City of Zeeland – Elm Street Park Community and Economic Development  $30,000 To create a downtown Zeeland park that will provide a winter location for a formal ice rink as well as a dedicated location for event programming, picnicking and gathering space throughout the warmer seasons.
Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance – Allies Working for Social Justice and Environmental Progress Community and Economic Development  $25,000 To support the planning and implementation of the Allies project that brings together community members to engage in dialogue and develop action steps meant to address the growing divide amongst community members. 
Latin Americans United for Progress – Community Feedback and Reorganization Project Community and Economic Development  $20,000 To engage Latino community leaders, leaders of partner organizations, and most importantly, area Latino residents to determine the most urgent needs to address to ensure that Latinos thrive in our community and to utilize the information gained to shape LAUP's future work. 
City on a Hill Ministries – Health Clinic Remodel Health  $10,000 To remodel the health clinic space to increase patient confidentiality and improve safety for providers and patients.
Holland Free Health Clinic – Digital X-Ray Technology  Health $11,750 To purchase digital x-ray equipment that will allow dental professionals at HFHC to better diagnose dental diseases and improve the health and lives of patients.
Bethany Christian Services –  Building Campaign  Human Services  $40,000 Bethany Christian Services of Holland is moving to one combined location to improve the efficiency of services and foster greater collaboration of teams to benefit the children and families served. 
Eighth Day Farm– A New Growth Center  Human Services  $25,000 To renovate the building at 709 Pine Avenue (called the Growth Center) to meet code, providing much needed space for education, an organization office, and community gatherings. A New Growth Center will broaden and strengthen the mission of Eighth Day Farm in Holland by creating a licensed facility to pack our New Fast Food bags, a venue for the urban youth growers program, instruction in food preparation and preservation, workshops and an increased capacity to offer field trips to area schools.
Holland Rescue Mission – Gateway Center Vocational Training School  Human Services  $45,000 over 3 years To develop the internal programmatic structure for a work-based therapy program for homeless men and women to increase their individual ability to sustain themselves through career advancement, addiction recovery, and basic life-skills training, providing local employers with a stable workforce, while mirroring the values of our community.
Pioneer Resources – Holland Site Renovation  Human Services  $20,000 To renovate a new Holland office location to ensure safety, accessibility and functionality for expanding programs serving seniors and individuals with disabilities.
Western Theological Seminary – Community Kitchen Renovation  Human Services  $30,000 To update the Community Kitchen space which serves an average of more than 200 meals per day and over 75,000 meals each year to residents in need. The renovations will equip the Community Kitchen to continue providing meals in a safe and welcoming environment.
Community SPOKE – Age-Friendly Holland/Zeeland Transportation Study and Plan  Senior Citizens  $25,000 To conduct a comprehensive study to identify the barriers that seniors in the Holland/Zeeland Area experience related to transportation and to facilitate a community-wide planning effort to identify goals and strategies to address the challenges presented by the study.
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holland – Holland Heights Extension  Youth  $75,000 over 3 years To offer a new program site in Holland Heights to enable all young people, especially those who need support most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
Children’s Advocacy Center –  SMART Therapy  Youth  $75,000 over 3 years To bring this innovative, evidence-based approach to therapy to children and youth who have been victims of sexual abuse in our community. SMART (Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment) therapy will add a new array of strategies to the standard mental health therapy repertoire that CAC provides.  In a space specifically designed for this program, children can playfully use big pillows, weighted blankets, balance beams, art materials, and other equipment that call for full engagement of the whole body and mind.  
 Great Start Collaborative – Help Me Grow-Ottawa  Youth  $10,000 Help Me Grow-Ottawa helps support families with children prenatal through age five to navigate the early childhood system in the Ottawa County area. The program helps to ensure families have up to date information on childcare, preschool, and kindergarten; supports families in completing developmental screenings; answers questions related to pregnancy and links families to local playgroups and other community resources. Specifically, grant funds are sought to launch a large-scale marketing campaign and to create and implement the program's evaluation tool.
Hand2Hand – Lakeshore Initiative  Youth $13,000  To ensure that along the Lakeshore, every child who is at risk of food insecurity, early childhood through high school, has a weekend food resource to ensure they have the opportunity to succeed academically, emotionally, and physically.

Giving Impact: Stories of Impact from our Community's Endowment

Each year, we highlight the impact of our Community's Endowment funding by sharing the stories of some of our recent grantees. You can view these inspiring stories in our online publication, Giving Impact

Read our recent grant stories

watch our latest impact video

Grants In the News

Below is recent media coverage highlighting grants from our Community's Endowment:


The Donors Behind the Dollars

Our grants are possible because of the forward-thinking community members who support our Community's Endowment, whether that's during their life, through their estate plans, or both. 

Read some of our Community's Endowment donor stories

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2016 Grants By the Numbers

  • Amount Awarded via 2016 Competitive Grants: $550,000
  • Number of 2016 Grants: 16 grants to local nonprofits
  • 2016 Grant Amounts: Ranging from $10,000 to $75,000 multi-year grants
  • Broad Issue Areas Funded: arts and culture, community and economic development, environment, education, health, human services, housing, seniors, youth

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