English English

Nonprofit Partners Invited to Submit Funding Requests for ARP Stimulus Funds

In partnership with the City of Kalamazoo, the United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region and the Kalamazoo Community Foundation are collaborating to administer $1 million of the City of Kalamazoo’s Federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. The funds are intended to support nonprofits continuing to address the impacts of the pandemic.

ARP Responsive Grants Full Overview (PDF)

Through this open process, local nonprofit partners are invited to submit funding requests to support work that aligns with ARP eligible expenditure categories and the City of Kalamazoo’s priorities:

  • Economy—promoting business development, addressing job loss, and promoting economic health.
  • Housing—providing ancillary services to address homelessness and housing instability
  • Youth—creating places and supports for young people to thrive.

Additionally, priority will be given to organizations and projects that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Are located in and/or serve Individuals who live in a Qualified Census Tract (QCT) in the City of Kalamazoo
  • Intended primary beneficiaries are those below 60% AMI for Kalamazoo County per the US Dept of Treasury
  • At least 25% of intended primary beneficiaries are living below the Federal Poverty Line

For questions or accommodations, please email communityimpact@uwbckr.org or call 269.250.9843.

Opportunity Overview

  • One year grant term—1/1/2022 to 12/31/2022.
  • Minimum grant request (and award) of $50,000.
  • Direct administrative costs can be included in request. No indirect administrative cost can be charged.
  • Monthly submission of grant expenditure documentation and quarterly reporting reconciling budget and reporting data required.
  • UWBCKR staff liaison will work with funded partners throughout grant term to support success in meeting all grant requirements.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 501c3 Organization (or 501c3 fiscal sponsor)
  • Program/project serves residents of the City of Kalamazoo

Application Process

STEP 1: Attend a required information session. If a representative could not attend either option, contact communityimpact@uwbckr.org to discuss alternatives. 

    • Option 1: 3-4:30 p.m. Oct. 7
    • Option 2: 9-10:30 a.m. Oct. 15

STEP 2: Complete a Qualification Form on e-CImpact to ensure eligibility and assess organization's financial systems. This form will be available here starting Oct. 15 and must be completed by noon on Oct. 29.

STEP 3: Complete and Submit Application. Based on their Qualification Form, applicants will receive information about the reporting requirements they would have if funded. Application opens on Nov. 1 and must be completed by noon on Nov. 22.

STEP 4: Receive notification of outcome on Dec. 10

STEP 5: If funded, complete the provided Grant Agreement by Dec. 20.

STEP 6: Funding begins on Jan. 1, 2022.

City of Kalamazoo

Home to the Kalamazoo Promise, three institutions of higher education, two nationally recognized healthcare systems, cutting-edge medical research, world-class brewing and dining, outstanding parks, and an extensive variety of music, art, theatre, and cultural attractions.


 (269) 337-8000
 (269) 337-8182
 241 West South Street
     Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Keep in Touch