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Wege Foundation Grant

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Wege Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/08/22 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to Michigan nonprofit organizations to enhance local communities in eligible regions. Funding is intended for proposals in the following areas of interest: education, environment, arts and culture, and community health and wellbeing. Funded projects and programs must serve residents of the Kent County and Grand Rapids metropolitan area.

The Wege Foundation has long embraced certain cross-cutting themes applicable to all four topics of interest, such as requiring LEED certification for capital grants and a commitment to helping the under-resourced and marginalized. The Foundation has clarified these cross-cutting themes and developed results-oriented goals for each of the pillars to focus its grant making, provide better guidance to potential applicants and enhance evaluation.

Cross-Cutting Themes:

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • Civic Engagement
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Organizational Sustainability

Pillar Goals:

  • Arts & Culture
    1. Foster authentic artistic and cultural expression by diverse neighborhoods and communities, especially those that are historically disadvantaged. 
    2. 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.
  • Education
    1.  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. 
    2. Support effective strategies for involvement by adult care-givers and mentors in children’s education, especially in public schools with diverse student populations. 
  • Environment
    1. 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. 
    2. 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. 
    3. Assure Grand Rapids continues to be a national and international leader in its commitment to sustainable development, i.e. “Economicology.” 
    4. Assure that Michigan is a national and international leader in policies to protect the environment, including the Great Lakes, in ways that recognize the connection between environmental protection, human health, and promoting economic and social justice. 
  • Community Health and Wellbeing
    1. Assure collaborative and continuing support to focus on the long-term impact of social and community determinants of health, root causes and disproportionate racialized outcomes in housing and economic equity to achieve racial justice.
    2. Assure a pipeline of diverse and culturally competent talent to create racial justice and equity that arise from the most disproportionate, racialized social determinants of health in Grand Rapids. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146231

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Wege Foundation accepts applications from any current 501(c)(3) organization.

Applications for Family Interest Grants for projects outside the Kent County, Michigan, and Grand Rapids metropolitan area are accepted by invitation only and should not be submitted through the web site.

Pre-Application Information:

The Wege Foundation accepts online applications twice a year, in the spring and fall. The fall grant cycle will open on Monday, August 1, 2022, and close on Thursday, September 8, 2022, at 5:00pm Eastern Time. The Board of Trustees will convene in early November to review proposals. Organizations will be notified of a decision within two weeks following the Board meeting.

Once the cycle is open, complete the brief eligibility quiz to access the grant application link.

Contact Information:

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

Eligibility Quiz:

If you have questions regarding the grant application process, please contact M Alemán-McAlpine at or (616) 957-0480.

If you have technical questions (including password issues) regarding the grantee portal, please contact Emily Mathein at or (616) 957-0480.

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

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USA: Michigan: Kent County and Grand Rapids metropolitan area

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