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 2016, we awarded a total of $550,000 in competitive grant awards to 16 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. 

2016 Competitive Grant Award Recipients

 Grantee/Project Name  Issue Area  Amount  Purpose
Washington School Green  Community and Economic Development  $15,000 To develop a new Washington School park together with the city, neighborhood, and developer.  The park will preserve public access and provide neighborhood gathering space, a play area for young children, and a place of beauty in this historic neighborhood.
Outdoor Discovery Center - ecoSystem Education Network  Environment  $65,000 over 3 years The ecoSystem Education Network builds on the success of the ODC outdoor education model for the benefit of the entire community.  Through a multi-faceted approach of strategic visioning, classroom modeling, nature playscape design, and professional development, ecoSystem will provide teachers and schools with the resources needed to offer nature-based learning opportunities to the students and families they serve.
Macatawa Area Coordinating Council - Creating a Green Infrastructure for the MACC Environment  $21,000 To develop a green infrastructure suitability map and additional analysis of cost and implementation priorities.  The project will include community engagement focusing on the Holland Heights neighborhood and a green infrastructure training seminar for local decision makers, planners, engineers, and contractors.
Michigan Health Endowment Healthy Ottawa Fund  Health  $80,000 over 3 years To invest in new and expanded programs which advance positive action on the priority issues identified in the Ottawa County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The three priority issues are access to health care, mental health, and healthy behaviors (nutrition/exercise). CFHZ and the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation have each  committed $80,000 to this fund along with a $330,000 grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.  
Ottawa County Health Department - Miles of Smiles Adult Expansion Health  $10,000 For the purchase of an adult digital dental x-ray sensor to facilitate appointments for the Medicaid insured and financially qualifying, low-income uninsured adults in Ottawa County.
Ladder Homes - Housing Capacity Expansion  Housing  $30,000 To purchase an additional 4-plex apartment building near the two other existing 4-plex buildings that Ladder Homes owns in Holland Heights.  This will provide capacity for 8 additional residents, growing the client total count from 18 to 26.
Benjamin's Hope - Community Integrated Life Enrichment Program  Human Services  $75,000 over 3 years To provide a new, collaborative service-delivery model that will create meaningful daytime engagement opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Goodwill Industries of West Michigan - Holland/Zeeland Career Training Center  Human Services  $40,000 To create a new Career Training Center in Holland that will offer vocational rehabilitation, career training and skill development for individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment.
Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates  - Immigration Legal Services  Human Services  $30,000 over 3 years To provide high quality, affordable direct legal services to the chronically under-served immigrant population in Ottawa County.
Beacon of Hope - Building Campaign  Human Services  $30,000 To purchase a new building at 225 West 30th Street in Holland to meet the growing community demand for Beacon of Hope’s counseling services.
Hope Network - Development Center  Human Services  $25,000 To complete leaseholder improvements necessary to launch a program that will provide employment skills to the developmentally disabled in the Holland/Zeeland area.
Resthaven - Green House Long-term Care Cottage  Senior Citizens  $40,000 To construct a 10 resident Green House cottage on the Resthaven Care Center campus which will serve seniors who may deplete their financial resources due to the longevity of care required.
CASA, Step Up, and Upward Bound - Program Evaluation  Youth  $44,500 over 3 years To assess the impact of these three programs on the economically disadvantaged students they serve compared to other area students from similar demographics who do not participate in the programs.
Neighbors Plus - Meet Up & Eat Up Summer Learning Initiative  Youth  $20,520 In collaboration with the West Ottawa summer lunch program, 200 elementary aged children in the Leisure Estates Mobile Home Community will engage in brain stimulating summer activities that focus on grade retention in reading, vocabulary and math.
Calvary Reformed Church - Blacktop Rec Playground  Youth  $15,000 To help build a playground for high need students in Holland Heights.
Holland Public Schools - Equity Alliance  Youth $14,000  To research, plan and facilitate events and programming to equip a wide range of stakeholders with the knowledge and skills to recognize, respond to, and remedy conditions that deny some students access to educational opportunities enjoyed by their peers.

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

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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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