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 2017 and 2018 competitive grant recipients. 

2018 Competitive Grant Award Recipients


Grantee/Project Name Issue Area Amount Purpose

Holland Historical Trust – Spark!Lab

Arts and Culture $40,000

To establish a Smithsonian Institution innovation and invention activity-based program at the Holland Museum.

Holland Symphony Orchestra – Link Up Arts and Culture  $45,200 over 3 years In partnership with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute, this program unites the classroom with the concert hall and will annually provide over 1,400 local fourth-grade students with the opportunity to explore music through a yearlong curriculum of classroom activities and a culminating concert in which students perform with the Holland Symphony Orchestra. 

City of Holland – Civic Center Place Improvement Project

Community and Economic Development $20,000

To renew and renovate this sixty-year-old building to make it a more desirable and multi-functional space for the community.

Holland Community Aquatic CenterExpansion Evaluation Community and Economic Development   $25,000 To provide an economic impact study and architectural conceptual design services that will allow Holland Community Aquatic Center to better understand the effects of its programs and services on the local economy and conceptualize facility designs that better serve the community. 
Ottawa County – Diversity Equity and Inclusion Office Community and Economic Development $25,000  To create a county diversity, equity, and inclusion office, consisting of a Director and Senior Secretary, to identify and eliminate implicit bias in internal policy, procedures and practices and external service provision.
Talent 2025 – Evidence Based Selection Process Community and Economic Development $5,000 To provide technical assistance and peer learning support to employers in developing their own customized Evidence Based Selection Process (EBSP) for hiring new employees.   
Center for Women in Transition – Prevention Pays: Domestic & Sexual Violence Prevention Initiative Human Services  $75,000 over three years  To enhance the community's capacity to recognize, respond to, and prevent domestic and sexual violence by equipping the local community - specifically focused on faith communities and local businesses - with the knowledge and tools they need to understand domestic and sexual violence and what to do when it shows up within their community. 
Holland/Zeeland Promise Scholarship Program  Education $120,000 over four years To support local students with high financial need in completing college or technical school by providing a scholarship that bridges the gap between grants and other scholarship support and the cost of attendance.  In addition, the Promise program supports students with regular monthly check-ins and peer mentoring groups.  
Bridge Youth Center – Refresh Capital Campaign Youth   $40,000 To refurbish the Bridge's 17 year old building with revisions that will help better serve the organization's core mission of providing a place where all kids are safe, loved and valued. 
Ottawa Area Intermediate School District – Reading Now Network Developmental Evaluation Youth $50,000 over two years To accelerate and expand the impact of the Reading Now Network in West Michigan through real-time learning and evaluation so that more children can reach their third-grade reading milestones, setting them up for continued success in the rest of their schooling.
Out on the Lakeshore – Youth Programming Youth $75,000 over three years In response to community demand, OOTL is launching programming for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning (LGBTQ) youth, their families and allies including weekly support group meetings, a mentoring program, an anti-bullying campaign and daily drop-in hours.  OOTL youth programming will build a caring network of support by providing a safe space to gather and grow in self-understanding.

Ready for School – Start School Ready

Youth $75,000 over three years To pioneer a transformative early learning experience for children and caregivers. Once implemented and scaled across multiple school districts, up to 500 more children a year will reach the threshold of kindergarten prepared to succeed in school and in life.

West Ottawa Public Schools in partnership with TCM Counseling In-School Counseling

Youth $75,000 over three years

To provide counseling services to students in West Ottawa Public Schools who are currently going without professional mental health services.

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.
Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity – State Street Project
 Housing  $30,000 To provide infrastructure support for a multi-unit affordable housing development which will be a collaborative effort between Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity and Good Samaritan Ministries. The units will provide permanent supportive rental housing for residents who meet eligibility requirements.  

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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2018 Grants By the Numbers

  • Amount Awarded via 2018 Competitive Grants: $550,200
  • Number of 2018 Grants: 12 grants to local nonprofits
  • 2018 Grant Amounts: Ranging from $5,000 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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