2021 Grant Awards

2021 Grant Awards

This summer, Cascade Community Foundation is awarding over $20,000 in grants to four local organizations and programs that heavily impact the Ada, Cascade, and Forest Hills community.

Members of the Foundation’s grant committee reviewed applications from several local organizations and are pleased to announce the following awards. Cascade Community Foundation will award a grant to the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan’s be nice. Faith Action Plan. Grants will also be awarded to Ada, Cascade and Grand Rapids Townships for the removal of oriental bittersweet, a plant species invading local businesses and public areas, as well as Ada Township’s Parks, Recreation and Land Preservation program for the construction of a new outdoor picnic shelter. The Foundation is also awarding a grant to their popular Q&A Livestream series, which has been tackling important conversations in the community.

Be nice. Faith will offer local clergy and church staff training to better understand and manage mental health needs within congregations. The renowned program was highlighted during season 2 of Cascade Community Foundation’s Q&A Livestream series.

Ada Township’s Parks, Recreation and Land Preservation program (PRLP) provides community members with diverse recreational opportunities including access to premier natural, historical and cultural areas that enhance quality of life and inspire the preservation of nature. Funding will benefit the construction of an accessible outdoor shelter and picnic area in Roselle Park, which will begin in 2022.

In addition, this funding will help remove the invasive species oriental bittersweet as well as provide education regarding treatment of the invasive plant species to business and government-owned sites in the Ada, Cascade, and Forest Hills area.

The committee also approved continued support of the Q&A Livestream series, which continues this fall with the Season 3 premiere surrounding personal finance, underwritten by Consumers Credit Union.

The Cascade Community Foundation Grant Committee includes Curt Monhart (E3 Prime), Andrew Shier (McShane & Bowie), Ken James (Grand Rapids Chamber), and Kim Livingston (Hungerford Technologies).

Learn more about Cascade Community Foundation’s grant process here.

Cascade Community Foundation is a 501(C)(3) dedicated to serving Ada, Cascade, and Forest Hills residents, businesses, local government, and nonprofits. Through the Q&A Livestream series, annual grantmaking, and the establishment of private endowment funds, the Foundation helps to preserve this robust community, manage philanthropic resources efficiently, and guide support to areas of greatest need.