Program Grants 2008


Davenport University

  • M.E. Davenport Family Scholarship:  $100,000
  • Robert W. and Margaret D. Sneden Student Aid Fund:  $100,000
  • Mable Engle Nursing Scholarship:  $50,000
  • General university endowment (D.U. Foundation): $5000

Inner City Christian Federation
$50,000 for Employer Assisted Housing and Homeowners Education classes

Potter’s House School
$25,000 for English Language Learners (ELL) curriculum
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Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW)
$15,000 for "Mind your Own Business" entrepreneurial training program

Wedgewood Christian Services
$100,000 (over 3 years) for capital campaign

Wedgewood Christian Services/Lighthouse Academy                                                 $20,000 to support programs and services for expelled high school students pursuing their diplomas 

Reach Out & Read
$25,000 for pediatrician-based book distribution and literacy program

Lighthouse Communities
$150,000 (over 3 years) for development of business incubator in Southtown neighborhood

School-2-Career Progressions
$4332 for Success Center at 17th Circuit Court Family Division

Grand Rapids Community Foundation
$50,000 to establish an endowment for farmland preservation

Kent County Agricultural Board
$20,000 for farmland Preservation of Development Rights (PDR) owner expense fund

Roosevelt Park Ministries
$1000 for programming support

Lose the Training Wheels, Inc. (Marquette, MI)
$2000 for special-needs bike riding event

Cedar Tree Institute (Marquette County, MI)
$8000 for Mash-Kosoo native plant restoration project

Council of Michigan Foundations
$2,500 for membership dues

The Sneden Fund

Created from the private trust of Robert W. and Margaret Sneden, this fund awards “legacy grants” to support organizations and causes that exemplify the interests of the founders.

YWCA of West Central Michigan
$10,000 for Project HEAL, a transitional housing program for victims of domestic violence

Planned Parenthood of Western and Northern Michigan.
$10,000 for peer educational and mentoring programs


TOTAL COMBINED GRANTS 2007-08:  $631,415