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Grand Rapids Community Foundation awards $1.1 million in local grants

Published: Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 1:41 PM     Updated: Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 2:06 PM

GrAND RAPIDS — The Board of Trustees of Grand Rapids Community Foundation recently awarded $1.1 million in grants to support a variety of projects in the community.

The Foundation also awarded $100,000 in grants to 32 schools for new programs.

Community grants include:

Arbor Circle undefined A grant of $100,000 for providing home and school based intervention services for families with risk factors for child abuse and neglect.

Bethany Christian Services undefined An award of $80,000 for the startup of a program that will help connect refugees relocating to Grand Rapids with health services.

Johnson Center for Philanthropy/Community Research Institute undefined A grant totaling $350,000 will support community-based research and data gathering for nonprofit and philanthropic organizations in the greater Grand Rapids area.

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks undefined A grant of $253,825 to increase public engagement and support for the City’s urban forest through citizen inventory, website and events to engage citizens.

Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids undefined A $100,000 grant to assist former prisoners to transition into the community with workplace training, a paid work experience and job placement and follow up.

Nonprofit Technical Assistance Fund undefined A grant for $50,000 to a pooled fund that helps nonprofits with consulting services to build capacity.

Grand Valley State University undefined An award of $50,000 to create a mini grant program to local church and faith congregations to participate in the 2012 Year of Interfaith Understanding.

West Michigan Sports Commission undefined A grant of $150,000 will help construct a 12-field youth baseball and softball complex that be home to hundreds of youth and amateur sports competitions in the coming years.

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