We are pleased to announce the first round of competitive grants awarded in 2021. Through these grants, CFHZ directly invests in projects and strategies that support, improve, and enhance the Holland/Zeeland area in which we live and work. Our competitive grants are funded through our Community’s Endowment, which is our community’s philanthropic resource that will always be available to meet community needs now and in the future. In the first round of competitive grants, $100,000 was awarded to five organizations.
Issue area: Human Services
$40,000 for the Hope in Action campaign (supported by competitive grant funds and Youth Advisory Committee funds)
To help enable Hand2Hand to purchase its first building so that the organization can have additional space to reach most students in need in Holland, Zeeland, and West Michigan as a whole. This will allow Hand2Hand to say, “yes” to more students in need of weekend food.
Grand Rapids Community College
Issue area: Education
$20,000 for the Lakeshore Campus project
To help with the capital cost of building a consolidated, 21st century, state of the art campus located in Holland, Michigan, which will provide Ottawa County residents with higher education and workforce training credentials to create pathways to well-paid careers in order to create an equitable region where everyone can prosper.
AgeWell Services of West Michigan
Issue area: Seniors
$18,650.58 for a Meals on Wheels Ottawa County Meal Delivery Replacement Van
To support the purchase of a replacement cargo van used for Meal on Wheels Lunch and Activity Centers delivery of meals to Ottawa County residents 60 and older.
Holland Hospital on behalf of Holland Community Health Center
Issue area: Health
$11,349.42 for the “Ahead of your Health Pack” Program
To help fund 160 “Ahead of your Health” packs providing patients with the necessary home health equipment to monitor their medical conditions with the support of their medical staff.
Issue area: Youth (supported by Youth Advisory Committee funds)
$10,000 for CultureWorks office and studio space
To help CultureWorks establish a new home that will serve as a long-term office and professional studio space, while the organization continues to grow its mobile model of programming in the Holland/Zeeland community.