The 2021 COVID-19 Community Stabilization Fund
Based on ongoing conversations with nonprofit partners and community leaders, CFHZ will continue the Community Stabilization Fund into 2021 for at least the first six months of the year. The original intent of the fund was to provide a vehicle for coordinated investment in our community on behalf of the Community's Endowment resources and the resources of other local donors who chose to partner with us. The fund was designed to act swiftly, be flexible as new information arose, and be targeted in its use across the various areas of need, taking into account the range of other supports that came from public and private sources into our community. While some areas of our community have progressed to recovery mode, many have not, and others are facing greater challenges than they were in the summer of 2020.
The CFHZ Board of Trustees recently approved an additional $225,000 of Community's Endowment resources into the Community Stabilization Fund. It will continue to focus on the three priority areas of financial stability, mental health, and education, with the possible addition of public health as another priority area.
The 2020 COVID-19 Community Stabilization Fund
The Community Foundation launched the COVID-19 Community Stabilization Fund in Summer 2020. Designed to set the stage for recovery, it was CFHZ’s continuing response to the impacts of the pandemic after the coalition-managed Emergency Human Needs Fund transitioned to strategic efforts led by each of the coalition partners. Initial seed money of $200,000 for the Community Stabilization Fund came from the Community’s Endowment. Generous local families and corporations joined the effort and over $1 million was been raised for distribution to local organizations.
Conversations with local nonprofit partners and community leaders revealed three areas of deepest need that would continue to require additional investments for the foreseeable future: financial stability, health, and education. Designed to act swiftly and be flexible as new information emerged, the Community Stabilization Fund was structured to specifically target these needs. It also worked in complement with the funds from various public and private sources which were, by their nature, intended for general use amongst a variety of audiences.
Three Areas of Prioritized Investment in 2020
Financial Stability: $501,000 awarded
- Preventing people from slipping into poverty - primary strategy is focused on stabilizing ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) households, in particular by helping keep people in their homes through rent payment assistance and home foreclosure prevention.
- Continued basic needs supports - primary strategy is providing basic needs support targeted to those who haven’t (or won’t ever) receive the federal stimulus financial supports.
Organizations receiving financial stability grants:
- $150,000 to Good Samaritan Ministries for the Eviction Diversion Program
- $115,000 for the Greater Holland/Zeeland Area Direct Cash Assistance Program (which was supercharged by an additional $500,000 from 3rd party donors)
- $75,000 to Community Action House for Increased Resource Navigation, Case Management, and Community Kitchen Capacity
- $20,000 to Resilience: Advocates for Ending Violence for the Housing and Empowerment Fund
- $20,000 to Harvest Stand Ministries for Food Assistance, Micro-Pantry Initiative, and Freezer Capacity
- $20,000 to Kids' Food Basket-Holland for the Sack Supper Program
- $20,000 to Holland Rescue Mission for the Food Pantry
- $20,000 to St. John’s Episcopal Church for the Immigrant Relief Fund designated for Holland/Zeeland Area residents
- $15,000 to Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates for Remote Renewal Services
- $15,000 to Salvation Army-Holland for Rental Assistance Expansion
- $10,000 to Hand2Hand for the Weekend Meal Program
- $10,000 to Nestlings Diaper Bank for Monthly Diaper Distributions to Community Partners
- $5,000 to Feeding America West Michigan for Mobile Food Pantries coordinated with Ottawa Community Schools Network
- $3,000 to Ottawa County Department of Health and Human Services for Beds, Cribs, Mattresses and Bedding
- $3,000 to Zeeland Neighborhood Connections for Winterizing/Repairs in partnership with Solid Rock Ministries
Mental Health: $202,000 awarded
- Increase mental health and substance abuse services - primary strategy is scaling up existing mental health and substance abuse providers to be able to serve more people and reach different audiences.
Organizations receiving mental health grants:
- $30,000 to OAR to increase outpatient clinic capacity
- $30,000 to Holland Free Health Clinic to increase mental health, alcohol and drug counseling client capacity
- $30,000 to City on a Hill Ministries Health Clinic to increase behavioral health integration program capacity
- $20,000 to Children’s Advocacy Center to expand their counseling program capacity to address the current waitlist for counseling services.
- $16,000 to Resthaven to bring iN2L (It’s Never Too Late) programming to their assisted living residents. This person-centered engagement program uses technology to enhance social interaction and promote mental health while still following social distancing protocols.
- $15,000 to Mosaic Counseling for their School Outreach Program
- $15,000 to Boys and Girls Club of Holland to increase social work staff capacity
- $15,000 to Beacon of Hope to increase intake capacity and provide virtual counseling training
- $13,000 to Arbor Circle to increase access to mental health and substance abuse services for Hispanic and Latinx community members
- $13,000 to Maple Avenue Ministries for mental health services and supports for Black community members
- $5,000 to the Momentum Center on behalf of the Ottawa County Suicide Prevention Coalition for a county-wide mental health/suicide prevention postcard mailing
Education: $298,000 awarded
- Mitigating the education opportunity gap - primary strategy is to provide extra resources to support those students who are likely to fall the furthest behind on their educational journeys as our model for learning is being forced to adapt in real-time.
Organizations receiving education grants:
- $50,000 to Ready for School for expanding Start School Ready to continue into the fall in partnership with area schools
- $40,000 to Outdoor Discovery Center for maximizing outdoor learning opportunities
- $35,000 to Boys and Girls Club of Holland for increased support for remote learners
- $35,000 to the Bridge Youth Center for increased support for remote learners
- $35,000 to Escape Ministries for increased support for remote learners
- $28,000 to Opportunity Thrive for teacher support services for area schools in partnership with the OAISD
- $25,000 to Children's After School Achievement for adapting the Academic Year Program
- $20,000 to Hope College Education Department in partnership with OAISD for English Language Learner Bilingual Tutoring
- $15,000 to Family Hope Foundation for increasing access for students with special needs through the Therapy Scholarship Program
- $15,000 to Step Up for virtual tutoring and mentoring