Kalamazoo Community Foundation Grant

Grants to Kalamazoo County, Michigan Nonprofits and Agencies to
Improve Equity and Educational Outcomes for the Disadvantaged

GrantWatch ID#: 177752
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Kalamazoo Community Foundation


09/28/17 5:00 PM - For requests of more than $10,000; Ongoing deadline for requests of up to $10,000

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Grants of up to $10,000 and grants starting at $10,000 to Kalamazoo County, Michigan nonprofits, religious institutions, and government agencies for programs that focus on equity and education in underserved communities. August 1, 2017 is the deadline to submit a letter of inquiry for requests over $10,000. Funding is intended for programs that address current community needs and focus on long-term solutions to help disadvantaged students achieve academic success. The Foundation does accept requests for capital and operational support.

Equity - To achieve equity in Kalamazoo County, Foundation invests in work that:

Improves conditions and/or impacts life trajectories for communities' most marginalized people by:
- Providing basic services like health care, child care, food assistance and housing, and removing barriers and adapting strategies for those who are underserved;
- Providing job training, leadership and life-skill development opportunities that improve self-sufficiency and self-determination of individuals and families;
- Supporting grassroots efforts that address unmet community needs; and
- Helping organizations be more culturally and interculturally competent, equitable and inclusive in policy, procedure/practice and program development.

Focuses on systemic change and collaborative efforts to reduce disparities and improve community conditions by:
- Improving effectiveness and coordination of service delivery within a sector;
- Supporting organizations whose missions are to advance equity through leaderships, cultural work and raising awareness of issues of inequity;
- Supporting equity-related advocacy work at the local and state level, including citizen engagement; and
- Supporting community-wide initiatives and coalition based efforts that impact community-level outcomes and address root causes.

Education - To increase educational success in Kalamazoo County, the Foundation invests in work that:
- Reduces disparities in academic performance in reading, writing, math and other disciplines;
- Increases educational attainment, leading to increased high school graduation rates, college and career readiness and adult literacy;
- Engages parents and other caregivers as leaders and partners in education; and
- Develops the social, emotional, developmental and life skills of school-age youth.

Education grants support initiatives that focus on systemic change and collaborative efforts to reduce disparities and improve community-level educational outcomes by:
- Increasing access to high-quality pre-kindergarten education and programming that impacts kindergarten readiness;
- Adapting and improving the education sector through innovative strategies and models;
- Eliminating bias in disciplinary practices, curriculum, and school culture;
- Supporting education-related advocacy work at the local and state level; and
- Supporting community-wide initiatives and coalition-based efforts.

Requests less than $10,000 may be submitted at any time, and requests for over $10,000 must be submitted by the specified deadlines.

Funding is provided one year at a time.

Organizations that are recognized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or that have a fiscal sponsor that is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and serve Kalamazoo County residents are eligible to apply for grants. Religious institutions and governmental agencies that serve residents in Kalamazoo County may also submit requests.

Organizations must also affirm that their inclusion policies and/or practices align with the Foundation's, as outlined in the Inclusion Statement, which states:

- No person is excluded from agency services.
- Wherever practical, all people will be considered in employment or volunteer participation, regardless of ethnicity, race, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic circumstances, physical and/or mental abilities/characteristics, philosophy/religion, or any other discriminatory reason.
- The organization is continuing to intentionally increase inclusive practices.

Previously funded organizations are eligible to apply again if reporting requirements for all previous grants have been met.

The Kalamazoo Community Foundation does not fund for-profit business development projects, private land purchases or private home purchases. The Foundation also does not provide grants to individuals other than academic scholarships.

Requests less than $10,000 may be submitted at any time, and requests for over $10,000 must be submitted by the specified deadlines.

Spring 2017:
- Letter of Inquiry Due Date: February 1 by 5:00 PM
- Application Due Date: March 30, 2017 by 5:00 PM
- Funding decisions will be made the week of June 12, 2017.

Fall 2017:
- Letter of Inquiry Due Date August 1, 2017 by 5:00 PM
- Application Due Date September 28, 2017 by 5:00 PM
- Funding decisions will be made the week of December 11, 2017.

LOIs are reviewed on the first Thursday of each month. To have your LOI reviewed on that day, it must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the Friday before. Notification will be within 10 business days of reviewing the LOI.

Please note: your LOI must be completed in one online session. It is recommended to enter the information into a document you can save on your computer, and then copy and paste it into the online form.

Grantmaking priorities:


Application Process:


The Learning Network of Kalamazoo website:

Tips for completing the LOI:

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

Submit the LOI online:

If you have questions, please contact Kari Benjamin at or 269.381.4416.

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