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Grants to help grow small businesses

• Mar 28, 2018 at 6:00 PM

The Board of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, together with the foundation’s Youth Advisory Council, recently announced eight first-round grant awards totaling $191,572 to support Northern Ottawa County.

That includes a $10,000 grant to Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women for its Lakeshore expansion. G.R.O.W. is focused on supporting women (and men) at various stages of business ownership. With this grant, they plan to increase services and support for minority-owned Lakeshore small businesses through the offering of additional classes, one-on-one business counseling opportunities and micro-lending.

“There is a capitalization and technical assistance capacity gap all along the Lakeshore,” said Bonnie Nawara, CEO of G.R.O.W. “This market also has a large population of Latino-owned businesses. With the funds from this grant, we will be able to provide clients with more access to capital and technical assistance, which will increase the number of startups in the area and drive revenue up for those who are in business but need growth assistance.”

Currently, G.R.O.W. provides part-time office hours in Muskegon at the GVSU Innovation Hub and has built relationships with both Muskegon and Grand Haven small-business owners.

Other grants awarded:

• Tri-Cities Broadcasting Foundation: $5,952 for its Summer Concert Music Series at Bolt and Pottawattomie parks.

• Ottawa County Planning & Performance Improvement Department: $23,120 for Leonard Road paved shoulders (split into two phases), which will extend the shoulder for 17 miles, from Spring Lake Township to Tallmadge Township.

• The City of Grand Haven: $75,000 for the Reimagine Project ($10,000 provided by the Youth Advisory Council). 

• Grand Haven Area Public Schools: $15,000 for the Mindfulness Project, which will train fifth- and seventh-graders in mindfulness techniques to support reducing stress.

• Northwest Ottawa County Chamber Foundation: $50,000 for creative development and production of a video-based media campaign highlighting the benefits of living and working in Northwest Ottawa County.

The Youth Advisory Council awarded $12,500 for the following grants:

• Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation: $7,500 for Applied Behavioral Analysis training for pediatric therapy staff, as part of the Pediatric Rehabilitation Program.

• The Salvation Army: $5,000 for A Campaign for Area Children & Families. 

For more information about the foundation, visit ghacf.org.


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