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Wege Foundation Grant

Grants to Michigan Nonprofits in
Eligible Areas to Benefit Local Residents

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Wege Foundation

Deadline Date:

02/11/20 11:00 PM

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Grants to Michigan nonprofit organizations in eligible regions for programs that benefit local residents. Proposed initiatives should align with the following areas of interest: environment, arts and culture, education, community service, and health care. Proposed projects should benefit the residents of the Kent County and Grand Rapids metropolitan area.

The Wege Foundation's Grants Policy affirmed Peter M. Wege's five “pillars” and established target grantmaking allocations for each of these topics of interest. The pillar goals are as follows:

  1. Arts & Culture: 
    • Foster authentic artistic and cultural expression by diverse neighborhoods and communities, especially those that are historically disadvantaged.
    • Assure affordable and welcoming access by lower-income and diverse individuals to a wide variety of artistic and cultural exhibits and performances through relevant programming and aggressive outreach.
  2. Environment: 
    • Assure access to experiential environmental education for public school students that is regular, systematic, integrated with curricula, and connected with “real world” community initiatives such as Grand River restoration, renewable energy & efficiency, water conservation and protection, addressing climate change, wildlife habitat conservation and sustainable food systems. 
    • Develop and implement long-term strategy to restore, protect, and make available for appropriate uses by all the lower Grand River watershed, including restoration of the namesake rapids in downtown Grand Rapids.
    • Assure Grand Rapids continues to be a national and international leader in its commitment to sustainable development, i.e. “Economicology".
  3. Education:
    • Assure access to extracurricular services and programming (pre-K through post-secondary) that prepare disadvantaged students to learn and enhance academic and life skills achievements to promote the next level of development. 
    • Support effective strategies for involvement by adult care-givers and mentors in children’s education, especially in public schools with diverse student populations.
  4. Health Care:
    • Reduce/eliminate racial and class disparities in key health outcomes through prevention and access to care, especially among children and programs that support seniors to remain in their homes.
    • Expand universal access to transportation and recreational opportunities for differently-abled individuals.
  5. Community Service:
    • Assure emergency and continuing compassionate support during disruptive life experiences such as spouse/partner/child abuse, homelessness, joblessness and substance abuse.
    • Advance equity of economic opportunities for marginalized individuals, including support for entrepreneurship and businesses led by individuals of color.

In addition, the Wege Foundation has long embraced certain cross-cutting themes applicable to all five pillars, such as requiring LEED certification for capital grants and a commitment to helping the vulnerable and disadvantaged. The themes are:

  1. Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  2. Civic engagement
  3. Environmental sustainability
  4. Organizational sustainability

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146231

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Wege Foundation accepts online applications twice a year from any current 501(c)(3) organization. Proposed projects should serve the Kent County and Grand Rapids metropolitan area.

Pre-Application Information:

The Wedge Foundation accepts online applications twice a year, in the spring and fall. The spring grant cycle will open on Friday, January 3, 2020, and close at 11:00 PM on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. The Board of Trustees will convene in mid-April to review proposals. Organizations will be notified of a decision within two weeks following the Board meeting.

If your project contains a capital campaign element, your project must be LEED certified.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applicants must complete an eligibility quiz in order to have access to the application. To take the quiz, click here: https://www.wegefoundation.org/eligibility-quiz/

If you have questions regarding the grant application process, please contact eMily Alemán-McAlpine at mamcalpine@wegefoundation.org or (616) 957-0480.

If you have technical questions regarding the grantee portal, please contact Emily Mathein at emathein@wegefoundation.org or (616) 957-0480.

99 Monroe Ave NW, Suite 902
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 957-0480

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