Housing + Business Districts

We make grants to support affordable quality housing options in urban neighborhoods.

In the area of neighborhoods, we also support neighborhood business districts working towards greater viability while preserving neighborhood character.

Short-term Outcomes

  • Residents have access to affordable, quality housing
  • Business districts are independently sustainable with businesses that employ and serve neighborhood residents

Recent Grants From This Area





  • Family Promise

    Amount Awarded: $100,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2016

    To help expand this emergency shelter for families experiencing homelessness and increase services to help them find affordable permanent housing.

  • Habitat for Humanity of Kent County

    Amount Awarded: $500,000

    Date Awarded: Dec. 2015

    To support Habitat Kent's Building Blocks strategy that focuses on neighborhood revitalization in Grand Rapids' west side through new home construction and rehab and repairs of existing homes. Habitat Kent will develop and preserve affordable housing opportunities and revitalize west side focus neighborhoods by partnering with 120 families to build or repair their homes.

  • Neighborhood Ventures

    Amount Awarded: $25,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2015

    To provide one-year start up staff support for the newly created West Side CID and to guide neighborhood collaborative implementation of a Business Improvement District.