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Kalamazoo Community Foundation Grant

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

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Foundation / Corporation

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Kalamazoo Community Foundation

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Deadline Date:

10/07/19 5:00 PM - For requests of more than $25,000; Ongoing deadline for smaller requests


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Grants of up to $25,000 and grants starting at $25,000 to Kalamazoo County, Michigan nonprofits for programs that focus on equity and education in underserved communities. For requests over $25,000, a Letter of Inquiry must be submitted prior to applying. Funding is intended for programs that address current community needs and focus on long-term solutions to help disadvantaged students achieve academic success. The Fund's vision is a community where every person can reach full potential, and they believe that equity with an emphasis on education is a pathway to making this vision a reality.

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.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177752

Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests less than $25,000 may be submitted at any time, and requests for over $25,000 must be submitted by the specified deadlines.

Term of Contract:

Funding is provided one year at a time.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations that are recognized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and provide services to the greater Kalamazoo area are eligible to apply for grants.

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.

Applications for grants that will provide capital and operational support are not accepted.

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time through the year. However, because they may require greater due diligence and additional levels of approval, funding requests of more than $25,000 have specific due dates.

First Round 2019:
- Letter of Inquiry Due Date: March 1 by 5 p.m.
- Application Due Date: April 8 by 5 p.m.
- Funding decisions will be made the week of June 10, 2019.

Second Round 2019:
- Letter of Inquiry Due Date: August 30 by 5 p.m.
- Application Due Date: October 7 by 5 p.m.
- Funding decisions will be made the week of December 9, 2019.

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.


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

Submit the LOI online:

Apply online:

Kari Benjamin Hamann

Kalamazoo Community Foundation
402 East Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007-3888

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan: Kalamazoo County