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Kent County Coronavirus Response Fund

Heart of West Michigan United Way

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Deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Grant amount: Up to US $25,000

Fields of work: Employment Services Poverty Alleviation & Services Basic Human Needs Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Kent County, Michigan

Location of residency: Kent County, Michigan

About this funder:




Heart of West Michigan United Way, in partnership with local foundations and funders, has established a Kent County Coronavirus Response Fund for people to donate to help meet immediate needs in the community related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund will support the nonprofits who are serving vulnerable populations during this time. United Way and the Grand Rapids Community Foundation will each match up to $50,000 in donations.

Coronavirus Response Fund Grants

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Kent County, Heart of West Michigan United Way, in partnership with local foundations and funders and the Essential Needs Task Force (ENTF), has established the Coronavirus Response Fund. The fund will support nonprofits who are serving vulnerable populations throughout the county to meet their basic needs including shelter, food, resources to maintain employment and to sustain themselves during unemployment. We know many of our nonprofit partners are being stretched to capacity as they address the immediate, emergent and unanticipated community needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding Priorities

In keeping with Heart of West Michigan United Way’s mission to unite community resources to invest in solutions to reduce poverty in West Michigan, we will prioritize organizations and groups whose continued work benefits vulnerable individuals and families in Kent County. This funding is not for financial capacity of the organization, rather it is to help the organization continue to provide basic need services. Please note that applications are reviewed based on emergent needs and will be awarded as funds are raised. Amount requested is not guaranteed. 

Applicants must use funding to support direct service costs for basic needs and recovery services.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicants must be a local 501(c)(3) non-profit human service organization or a community collaborative/group using a fiscal agent and must continue to provide services during the COVID-19 pandemic.


This page was last reviewed May 29, 2020 and last updated May 29, 2020