The Community Foundation announced on August 25 a record number of large Impact Grants awarded to 14 nonprofits throughout the region, totaling $632,000 in its 2017 grant cycle,…
The Community Foundation announced on August 25 a record number of large Impact Grants awarded to 14 nonprofits throughout the region, totaling $632,000 in its 2017 grant cycle, compared to one or two in years past.
Impact Grants of up to $75,000 each are awarded annually for strategic projects that transform nonprofits and the community. Projects must increase the long-term impact of an organization, reach underserved populations, or support innovative, collaborative efforts for transformative change.
Organizations that received Impact Grants this year are:
- Arts Council of Greater Lansing – $31,000 for cultural economic development strategic plan
- Burcham Hills Foundation – $20,000 for new Volunteer-to-Employee Pathway program
- Capital Area College Access Network/CAUW – $36,000 for expanded Pathways to Potential program
- Asset Independence Coalition/CAUW – $30,000 for expanded Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
- CASA for Kids – Barry and Eaton County – $54,000 for expansion to Ingham County
- CASA – Clinton County – $62,340 for new child advocacy center
- Greater Lansing Food Bank – $75,000 for new warehouse
- Lansing Community College Foundation – $75,000 for new Center for Manufacturing Excellence
- Meridian Charter Township – $75,000 for new Farmer’s Market
- Old Town Commercial Association – $75,000 for new Chavez Plaza
- Peckham, Inc. – $32,000 for new skilled trades education program
- Potter Park Zoological Society – $16,500 for new zoo outreach program
- Luke Lutheran Church – $40,000 for community kitchen renovation
- YMCA – $10,000 for new Healthy Living Mobile Fitness Bus
The Community Foundation also created a new Capacity Building Grant Program, investing in 18 nonprofit partners with grants totaling almost $300,000 to help strengthen their organizations through fundraising training, board development, strategic planning and other assistance. The Community Foundation also expects to grant approximately $3 million this year from funds that support specific charities and causes.