The Community Foundation of the Holland / Zeeland Area (CFHZ) announced its first round of competitive grants awarded this year for projects and strategies that support, improve and strengthen the Holland / Zeeland area.
The grants are funded by the Community’s Endowment, which is the community’s philanthropic resource that will always be available to meet the needs of the community today and in the future.
“We have had a strong response of compelling grant proposals for this round of our competitive grants. Our Distribution Committee was inspired by the continued strength, creativity and commitment of our local non-profit sector to ensure that the Holland / Zeeland region continues to thrive, ”said Elizabeth Kidd, Vice President of the community impact.
In total, two rounds of competitive grants in 2021 are designed to address a wide range of areas including arts and culture, community and economic development, environment, education, health, social services, housing , the elderly and the young. The Community Foundation gives priority to proposals that are at the heart of the organization’s mission, will have a lasting impact or will represent a pivot for the organization.
In the first round of competitive grants, $ 100,000 was awarded to five organizations:
Area of intervention: Personal services
$ 40,000 for the Hope in Action campaign
The funding will allow Hand2Hand to purchase its first building so the organization can have additional space to reach most needy students in Holland, Zeeland and West Michigan as a whole.
Hand2Hand, based in Hudsonville, is mobilizing schools, churches, businesses and individuals to provide backpacks of nutritious food to children in West Michigan who receive free or discounted breakfasts, ensuring them a access to food on weekends. The organization currently serves more than 1,400 children in the Netherlands and Zeeland region, according to Cheri Honderd, founder and executive director of Hand2Hand.
“Hand2Hand is extremely grateful to the Holland / Zealand Region Community Foundation for their generous grant in support of our new building. This building will allow us to source more donated or low cost food and more fully support all of our amazing church partners in Holland and Zeeland who serve children in need of food on weekends and holidays every week. extended. On behalf of every child who relies on their Hand2Hand food during the 68 hour weekend and extended breaks, a sincere thank you to CFHZ, ”said Honderd.
Grand Rapids Community College
Focus area: Education
$ 20,000 for the Campus Lakeshore project
The funding will help cover the capital cost of building a consolidated, state-of-the-art 21st century campus located in Holland, Michigan. This campus will provide Ottawa County residents with graduate degrees and workforce training to create pathways to well-paying careers to create an equitable region where everyone can thrive. Having a centralized local campus with room to grow and adapt to changing education and workforce needs will have a lasting impact for many individuals and their families, as well as the community. in general.
West Michigan AgeWell Services
Area of intervention: Seniors
$ 18,650 for an Ottawa County Meals on Wheels meal replacement van
Funding will support the purchase of a replacement van used to deliver meals to Meals on Wheels and Meals on Wheels activity centers to Ottawa County residents aged 60 and over. Meals on Wheels allows families to age at home with dignity by providing them with a balanced, safe and consistent diet. Currently, AgeWell serves 200 residents of Ottawa County.
Holland Hospital on behalf of Holland Community Health Center
Area of intervention: Health
$ 11,350 for the “Ahead of Your Health Pack” program
Funding will help provide “Ahead of your Health” backpacks. About 68% of Holland Community Health Center patients live at or below the federal poverty line, and many also live with chronic or complex health conditions. The “Ahead of Your Health Pack” backpacks will provide patients with medical supplies for home use, allowing them to participate in their well-being alongside their community health center caregivers. The program will reduce unnecessary office visits or fill in gaps if patients are unable to attend their appointments due to transportation issues, weather, illness or scheduling conflicts, resulting in will improve long-term health outcomes and quality of life for participants.
Focus area: Youth (supported by funds from the Youth Advisory Committee)
$ 10,000 for CultureWorks offices and studios
The funding will help CultureWorks establish a new home that will serve as long-term office and professional studio space. CultureWorks provides culturally relevant and transformative art and design experiences for young people from all walks of life to inspire curiosity, develop talent and acquire 21st century skills. A dedicated and permanent programming space will allow the organization to extend and deepen this work while also providing a hub from which to continue operating its mobile programming model in the Dutch / Zeeland community.
You can find more information about these grants at www.cfhz.org/grantguidelines.