Health Net of West Michigan Affirms Program Effectiveness

In July, The Steelcase Foundation awarded $35,000 to Health Net of West Michigan, an organization committed to improving access and equity in health care and social services in Kent County. The grant will support an independent evaluation of Health Net’s navigation services to confirm client and community-level impact. The independent evaluation will provide quantifiable data…

Improving Math and Science Outcomes through STEM Education

STEM Greenhouse received a $90,000 grant distributed over three years to continue afterschool STEM programming. The academic enrichment program provides STEM exposure as well as mentoring, and motivation to middle schoolers attending Grand Rapids Public Schools through twice weekly 90-minute gatherings. Utilizing hands-on activities aligned with Next generation Science Standards, students increase their confidence and…

IFF Early Learning Center

IFF Early Learning Center Coming to Grand Rapids

In October, IFF, a mission-driven lender, developer, and real estate consultant, received $125,000 to support the creation of a high-quality early learning center on the southeast side of Grand Rapids. The center will provide approximately 110 children with full-day, yearlong learning in collaboration with the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC). The center will be built…