Community Foundation Holland/Zeeland

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Contact Elizabeth Kidd, Vice President of Community Impact, at 616-994-8851 or via email.

Did You Know:

  • In 2019, we awarded a total of $568,604 in competitive grant awards to local nonprofits.

Community's Endowment Impact

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 both now and in the future. 

The Community’s Endowment is comprised of Unrestricted and Field of Interest funds that have been established by generous local donors. Each year, CFHZ uses a portion of these funds to invest in community change across a broad range of issue areas addressing our community’s most pressing needs and promising opportunities. 

Learn more about competitive grant guidelines and the application process.

Recently Funded Competitive Grant Awards

See below for the listing of our 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017 competitive grant recipients. 

2020 Competitive Grant Award Recipients

Grantee/Project Name Issue Area Amount Purpose
Community Action House –Food Club and Opportunity Center Human Services $75,000 over 3 years To support the launch of a Community Food Club that will provide over 3,200 low-income residents a month with efficient access to nutritious options in a dignified setting. The adjoining Opportunity Center will serve as a resource hub, providing streamlined access to other services.

R.E.A.D. –One on One Tutoring Expansion

Education $35,000 over 3 years To make a pivotal change and double R.E.A.D.'s impact by expanding to serve the Holland/Zeeland area after 11 years serving Northwest Ottawa County. R.E.A.D. provides adults with an opportunity to improve and transform their lives by strengthening their reading and language fluency. These skills empower individuals as they look for employment, sign leases, and help their children with schoolwork.
Renew Therapeutic Riding Center –Ride with Renew Capital Campaign Human Services
$40,000 To construct a new facility to meet the growing demand for accredited equine assisted services in the greater Holland/Zeeland area. There are at least 12,000 local adults and children living with the challenges of physical or cognitive impairments. The completion of the new permanent arena will expand availability of services, with extended hours and diversified programming.




2019 Competitive Grant Award Recipients


Grantee/Project Name Issue Area Amount Purpose
Herrick District Library – Groundworks Arts and Culture  $75,000 over 3 years To open and operate Groundworks at Herrick District Library's main facility. This will be a place for adults to learn and collaborate in real-time, while exploring digital media content, with access to relevant technology and community experts. 

Critter Barn – Barn to Farm Campaign

Community and Economic Development $20,000

To support the construction of Critter Barn's new educational farm center where residents and visitors of all ages and abilities will be able to participate in hands-on, interactive learning experiences and witness everyday farm life.

Washington School Neighbors – The Community Garden Project  Community and Economic Development
  $10,000  To purchase property to relocate and continue the neighborhood's community gardens along with installing water service to the property and developing the land for gardening. 

Community SPOKE on behalf of Ottawa Thrive 

Community and Economic Development  $5,000  Ottawa Thrive is a collaboration of 25-30 organizations representing various nonprofit, government, and private sector partners that have come together to move forward a shared vision of reducing the number ACEs in our community while simultaneously supporting the use of trauma sensitive approaches to better serve and support those who have experienced ACEs. This effort will train 25 “Community Champions” who will be deployed into the community to provide trainings to various organizations and groups that represent targeted audiences and to help educate the broader community regarding ACEs and the various tools to build healthy coping skills through a public awareness campaign.
The Refugee Education Center – Holland/Zeeland Expansion    Education $28,000 over 3 years   To serve refugee students in Holland/Zeeland area schools by providing individualized graduation plans and educational support to prepare them for successful transition from high school. 
Holland Community Hospital – School Mental Health Program  Health $70,000 over 3 years  To provide a School Mental Health Care Manager to support student mental health by coordinating and managing care between the school, family, and health care provider and/or hospital. 

Spectrum Health Foundation Zeeland Community Hospital – Blue Envelope Suicide Prevention Program 

Health   $65,000 over 3 years To support the creation and implementation of the school-based Blue Envelope Suicide Prevention Program in Ottawa County. 
City on a Hill Ministries Health Clinic – Behavioral Health Integration Program   Health  $46,270 over 3 years   To integrate mental health services into the Continued Care Clinic that currently serves as primary care for many of the patients who utilize the clinic.
Holland Free Health Clinic – Increasing Access to Healthcare for the Hispanic Population in our Community  Health   $20,000  To remove language and cultural barriers that prevent Hispanic patients from gaining access to health services in the Holland/Zeeland area. 
Ottawa County Department of Public Health – New Miles of Smiles Mobile Dental Unit  Health $10,000  To purchase a new Miles of Smiles mobile dental unit. 
Winning at Home – Holland Counseling Center Human Services $75,000 over 3 years To help renovate an existing building in downtown Holland on 16th Street and to help provide low cost counseling to individuals and families struggling with mental and relational health challenges who otherwise have barriers, such as transportation and finances, to receiving care.

Beacon of Hope – Emotional Health Group for Adults on Probation

Human Services $20,000 over 3 years

To provide emotional health and support to adults on probation to give them the hope they need to see themselves as contributing to their communities in a positive manner.

Porter Hills Foundation – Recreational Therapy at LifeCircles PACE Holland  Seniors $13,334  To enhance the lives of participants through Recreational Therapy Services and adaptive technologies, such as It's Never2Late.  
Resthaven – Research and Planning for The Warm Friend Facility Renovations Seniors $12,000  To support conducting a consumer research study and a master planning process that will help prioritize the necessary physical plant needs of The Warm Friend senior living facility. 
Midtown Counseling Services – On-site School Counseling Program Youth  $75,000 over 3 years To provide trauma-focused counseling directly to Holland Middle School students on school grounds during school hours.
Kids’ Food Basket – Ottawa/Allegan Program Expansion Youth $20,000  To move to a larger facility housing KFB's warehouse, office, and volunteer space in one location allowing KFB to serve more daily nourishing meals to children in Holland and neighboring Allegan County rural school districts.
Greater Ottawa County United Way / Lakeshore Housing Alliance – Voices of Youth Count
Youth $4,000 To conduct a thorough count of youth experiencing homelessness with the goal of creating a comprehensive strategy to address the needs of youth in housing crisis.

2018 Competitive Grant Award Recipients


Grantee/Project Name Issue Area Amount Purpose

Holland Historical Trust – Spark!Lab

Arts and Culture $40,000

To establish a Smithsonian Institution innovation and invention activity-based program at the Holland Museum.

Holland Symphony Orchestra – Link Up Arts and Culture  $45,200 over 3 years In partnership with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute, this program unites the classroom with the concert hall and will annually provide over 1,400 local fourth-grade students with the opportunity to explore music through a yearlong curriculum of classroom activities and a culminating concert in which students perform with the Holland Symphony Orchestra. 

City of Holland – Civic Center Place Improvement Project

Community and Economic Development $20,000

To renew and renovate this sixty-year-old building to make it a more desirable and multi-functional space for the community.

Holland Community Aquatic CenterExpansion Evaluation Community and Economic Development   $25,000 To provide an economic impact study and architectural conceptual design services that will allow Holland Community Aquatic Center to better understand the effects of its programs and services on the local economy and conceptualize facility designs that better serve the community. 
Ottawa County – Diversity Equity and Inclusion Office Community and Economic Development $25,000  To create a county diversity, equity, and inclusion office, consisting of a Director and Senior Secretary, to identify and eliminate implicit bias in internal policy, procedures and practices and external service provision.
Talent 2025 – Evidence Based Selection Process Community and Economic Development $5,000 To provide technical assistance and peer learning support to employers in developing their own customized Evidence Based Selection Process (EBSP) for hiring new employees.   
Center for Women in Transition – Prevention Pays: Domestic & Sexual Violence Prevention Initiative Human Services  $75,000 over three years  To enhance the community's capacity to recognize, respond to, and prevent domestic and sexual violence by equipping the local community - specifically focused on faith communities and local businesses - with the knowledge and tools they need to understand domestic and sexual violence and what to do when it shows up within their community. 
Holland/Zeeland Promise Scholarship Program  Education $120,000 over four years To support local students with high financial need in completing college or technical school by providing a scholarship that bridges the gap between grants and other scholarship support and the cost of attendance.  In addition, the Promise program supports students with regular monthly check-ins and peer mentoring groups.  
Bridge Youth Center – Refresh Capital Campaign Youth   $40,000 To refurbish the Bridge's 17 year old building with revisions that will help better serve the organization's core mission of providing a place where all kids are safe, loved and valued. 
Ottawa Area Intermediate School District – Reading Now Network Developmental Evaluation Youth $50,000 over two years To accelerate and expand the impact of the Reading Now Network in West Michigan through real-time learning and evaluation so that more children can reach their third-grade reading milestones, setting them up for continued success in the rest of their schooling.
Out on the Lakeshore – Youth Programming Youth $75,000 over three years In response to community demand, OOTL is launching programming for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning (LGBTQ) youth, their families and allies including weekly support group meetings, a mentoring program, an anti-bullying campaign and daily drop-in hours.  OOTL youth programming will build a caring network of support by providing a safe space to gather and grow in self-understanding.

Ready for School – Start School Ready

Youth $75,000 over three years To pioneer a transformative early learning experience for children and caregivers. Once implemented and scaled across multiple school districts, up to 500 more children a year will reach the threshold of kindergarten prepared to succeed in school and in life.

West Ottawa Public Schools in partnership with TCM Counseling In-School Counseling

Youth $75,000 over three years

To provide counseling services to students in West Ottawa Public Schools who are currently going without professional mental health services.

2017 Competitive Grant Award Recipients

 Grantee/Project Name  Issue Area  Amount  Purpose

Holland Film Group People, Place and Possibilities: A Story of Immigrants and Entrepreneurs 

Arts and Culture  $10,000

To produce a feature-length documentary telling the story of how Holland became an economically dynamic and culturally diverse community.  The film will focus on the area's defining values with the goal of sharing them with students, residents, visitors and potential business owners and employees.

City of Zeeland – Elm Street Park

Community and Economic Development $30,000 

To create a downtown Zeeland park that will provide a winter location for a formal ice rink as well as a dedicated location for event programming, picnicking and gathering space throughout the warmer seasons.

Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance – Allies Working for Social Justice and Environmental Progress

Community and Economic Development  $25,000 To support the planning and implementation of the Allies project that brings together community members to engage in dialogue and develop action steps meant to address the growing divide amongst community members. 

Latin Americans United for Progress – Community Feedback and Reorganization Project

 Community and Economic Development  $20,000

To engage Latino community leaders, leaders of partner organizations, and, most importantly, area Latino residents to determine the most urgent needs to address to ensure that Latinos thrive in our community and to utilize the information gained to shape LAUP's future work.

City on a Hill Ministries – Health Clinic Remodel

Health  $10,000 To remodel the health clinic space to increase patient confidentiality and improve safety for providers and patients.

Holland Free Health Clinic – Digital X-Ray Technology

 Health  $11,750 To purchase digital x-ray equipment that will allow dental professionals at HFHC to better diagnose dental diseases and improve the health and lives of patients.
Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity – State Street Project
 Housing  $30,000 To provide infrastructure support for a multi-unit affordable housing development which will be a collaborative effort between Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity and Good Samaritan Ministries. The units will provide permanent supportive rental housing for residents who meet eligibility requirements.  

Bethany Christian Services –  Building Campaign

 Human Services  $40,000

Bethany Christian Services of Holland is moving to one combined location to improve the efficiency of services and foster greater collaboration of teams to benefit the children and families served. 

Eighth Day Farm – A New Growth Center

 Human Services  $25,000 To renovate the building at 709 Pine Avenue (called the Growth Center) to meet code, providing much needed space for education, an organization office, and community gatherings. A New Growth Center will broaden and strengthen the mission of Eighth Day Farm in Holland by creating a licensed facility to pack our New Fast Food bags, a venue for the urban youth growers program, instruction in food preparation and preservation, workshops and an increased capacity to offer field trips to area schools.

Holland Rescue Mission – Gateway Center Vocational Training School

 Human Services $45,000 over 3 years To develop the internal programmatic structure for a work-based therapy program for homeless men and women to increase their individual ability to sustain themselves through career advancement, addiction recovery, and basic life-skills training, providing local employers with a stable workforce, while mirroring the values of our community.

Pioneer Resources – Holland Site Renovation

 Human Services  $20,000

To renovate a new Holland office location to ensure safety, accessibility and functionality for expanding programs serving seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Western Theological Seminary – Community Kitchen Renovation  Human Services  $30,000

To update the Community Kitchen space which serves an average of more than 200 meals per day and over 75,000 meals each year to residents in need. The renovations will equip the Community Kitchen to continue providing meals in a safe and welcoming environment.

Community SPOKE – Age-Friendly Holland/Zeeland Transportation Study and Plan

Senior Citizens  $25,000

To conduct a comprehensive study to identify the barriers that seniors in the Holland/Zeeland Area experience related to transportation and to facilitate a community-wide planning effort to identify goals and strategies to address the challenges presented by the study.

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holland – Holland Heights Extension

 Youth  $75,000 over 3 years To offer a new program site in Holland Heights to enable all young people, especially those who need support most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Children’s Advocacy Center –  SMART Therapy

 Youth  $75,000 over 3 years To bring this innovative, evidence-based approach to therapy to children and youth who have been victims of sexual abuse in our community. SMART (Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment) therapy will add a new array of strategies to the standard mental health therapy repertoire that CAC provides.  In a space specifically designed for this program, children can playfully use big pillows, weighted blankets, balance beams, art materials, and other equipment that call for full engagement of the whole body and mind.  

Great Start Collaborative – Help Me Grow-Ottawa

 Youth  $10,000

Help Me Grow-Ottawa helps support families with children prenatal through age five to navigate the early childhood system in the Ottawa County area. The program helps to ensure families have up to date information on childcare, preschool, and kindergarten; supports families in completing developmental screenings; answers questions related to pregnancy and links families to local playgroups and other community resources. Specifically, grant funds are sought to launch a large-scale marketing campaign and to create and implement the program's evaluation tool.

Hand2Hand – Lakeshore Initiative

 Youth $13,000 

To ensure that along the Lakeshore, every child who is at risk of food insecurity, early childhood through high school, has a weekend food resource to ensure they have the opportunity to succeed academically, emotionally, and physically.

Giving Impact: Stories of Impact from our Community's Endowment

Each year, we highlight the impact of our Community's Endowment funding by sharing the stories of some of our recent grantees. You can view these inspiring stories in our online publication, Giving Impact


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The Donors Behind the Dollars

Our grants are possible because of the forward-thinking community members who support our Community's Endowment, whether that's during their life, through their estate plans, or both. 

Read some of our Community's Endowment donor stories

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2019 Grants By the Numbers

  • Amount Awarded via 2019 Competitive Grants: $568,604
  • Number of 2019 Grants: 17 grants to local nonprofits
  • 2019 Grant Amounts: Ranging from $4,000 to $75,000 multi-year grants
  • Broad Issue Areas Funded: arts and culture, health, human services, seniors, youth

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