The KCMSA Foundation awards Mini Grants to charities that support and promote the health and well-being of individuals, programs and organizations in greater Grand Rapids. We also incorporate the health needs of our community identified in the Kent County Community Health Needs Assessment as additional criteria when assessing grant applications. This study found four major health issues facing our community: mental health, substance abuse, obesity, and poor nutrition. You can access the full 2017 report here. The Foundation has a long history of bridging the gap for individuals when insurance and Medicaid will not cover essential items for their health and wellbeing. We will continue to accept grants from nonprofit organizations requesting funds on behalf of an individual’s health need.
Each Mini Grant request should not exceed $3,000. Applications are received on an on-going basis from organizations with a 501(c)(3) status. Individual requests may be made through an organization that meets this requirement.
Thank you for your interest in our Mini-Grant Program. The goal of the Foundation is to make funding available to organizations that provide for the improvement of the health and well-being of the individuals in the greater Grand Rapids area. Those organizations must have 501(c)(3) status.
The recipients of support will be determined by the KCMSA Foundation Board through a grant application and review process.
Considerations are given to requests that meet the following criteria:
- Provide health education, medical services, medical supplies;
- Promote social welfare;
- Demonstrate a relationship between the proposal and the goal of the KCMSA Foundation;
- Are located in greater Grand Rapids;
- Are $3,000 or less;
- Are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization;
- Meet reporting requirements as stated on the application;
- Spend the grant dollars within one calendar year of receipt.
NOTE: KCMSAF guidelines do NOT allow grant funds to be used for a paid staff position(s), office supplies or office equipment.
Decision Making Process:
The Foundation Board of Directors meets four (4) times a year – September, November, March and May. Requests must be received by the 15th of the preceding month for consideration at a grant review meeting. Applicants will be notified after that meeting regarding the status of their request.
Grant Request due dates for the 2019-2020 review cycle are: August 15, 2019, October 15, 2019, February 15, 2020, and April 15, 2020.
Online or emailed submissions are preferred, but you may also submit an application via mail to the address below. If you submit via regular mail, please follow up with an email so we know to expect your application.
233 East Fulton, Suite 222
Grand Rapids, MI 49503