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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:

09/17/18 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. January 15, 2018, is the deadline to submit a letter of inquiry for requests over $25,000. 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 accepts 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.

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:

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.

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.

More on Eligibility:

Pre-Application Information:

The first step in the grantmaking process is for you to submit an online letter of inquiry. You may submit your LOI at any time throughout the year. However, there are specific deadlines for requests of more than $25,000. Upcoming deadlines are:
- January 15, 2018 by 5 p.m.
- July 16, 2018 by 5 p.m.

Grant Timelines

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.

Spring 2018
- Letter of Inquiry Due Date: January 15 by 5 p.m.
- Full Application Due Date: March 15 by 5 p.m.
- Funding decisions will be made the week of June 11, 2018.

Fall 2018
- Letter of Inquiry Due Date: July 16 by 5 p.m.
- Full Application Due Date: September 17 by 5 p.m.
- Funding decisions will be made the week of December 10, 2018

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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Contact Information:

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

Submit the LOI online:

Kari Benjamin

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan: Kalamazoo County