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Coronavirus Response Fund (CRF) Phase II Grant

Grants to Michigan Nonprofits to Address
Community Needs Due to COVID-19

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Heart of West Michigan United Way and Kent County Essential Needs Task Force (ENTF)

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Grants to Michigan nonprofit organizations in eligible regions to address the needs residents due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Focus areas include mental and behavioral health and housing. Funding is intended to benefit local vulnerable populations. Eligible applicants must be located in Kent County and serving Kent County residents.

Since March 24, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Kent County, Heart of West Michigan United Way, in partnership with local foundations and funders and the Kent County Essential Needs Task Force (ENTF), has implemented the Coronavirus Response Fund. The fund has supported nonprofits in Kent County who continue to serve vulnerable populations through the pandemic. Through May 14, 2020, funds have been granted to over 130 local organizations for direct basic needs services. As state and local agencies and businesses begin to re-enter public spaces and modified workplaces, many nonprofit partners continue to address the emergent community needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Phase II Funding Priority:

In keeping with Heart of West Michigan United Way’s mission to unite community resources to invest in solutions to reduce poverty in West Michigan, CRF will prioritize organizations and groups whose continued work benefits vulnerable individuals and families in Kent County. CRF Phase II funds will be directed primarily toward housing-related and mental/behavioral health services in Kent County.

Awarded organizations will have mental/behavioral health or housing services as part of their mission. These services must also be considered part of existing programming. Awardees may use funding to support the direct rental/mortgage related expenses associated with preventing/addressing homelessness and working toward long-term housing stability. If providing mental and behavioral services, funding may be used to support counseling treatment and evaluation/recovery supportive services to improve chronic conditions that may affect an individual’s quality of life and family stability.

Special consideration will be given to service organizations that have strengthened or formed partnerships and continue to work in collaboration with broad local systems to ensure that services support long-term strategic initiatives while addressing immediate needs. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 190256

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be a local 501(c)(3) non-profit human service organization, must be located in Kent County and serving Kent County residents, and must continue to provide services during the transition through and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grant awards may not be used for general operational expenses; however, it can be used to cover staffing cost for mental and behavioral health services. Cash payments cannot be given directly to clients.

Pre-Application Information:

Between June 2-June 8, 2020, Heart of West Michigan United Way and ENTF staff will be accepting applications from local organizations for consideration of Phase II funds.

Applications will be reviewed between June 8, 2020-June 14, 2020, and organizations will be informed June 15, 2020, of the funding status.

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


If you have questions, please contact Emily Schichtel at or at (616) 752-8601.

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