Grant Opportunity: National Endowment for the Arts, Grants for Art Projects

The National Endowment for the Arts, Grants for Arts Projects program supports arts projects that use the arts to unite and heal in response to current events; celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage; invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values; and enrich humanity.

Applicants may request grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. A minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount is required. The deadline for submission in July 8, 2021.

Email Kim Squiers ( and Lisa Dopke ( in the GRCC Grants Department for more information.

Focus on environmental wellness and understanding

Do you ever wonder what happens to your recycling after you drop it in your bin? Do you want to learn about sustainable recycling practices at home and in the office? Are you wondering what you can actually recycle? If you answered yes to any of those questions or are just interested in recycling, consider registering for Recycling U! 

In Recycling U (University) learn about Kent County’s recycling processes, bust common recycling myths, and discover sustainable practices that you can use. Recycling U is a seminar facilitated by a knowledgeable representative from Kent County’s Public Works in collaboration with a member of the 2019 Leadership Institute cohort. 

Sessions are offered this winter on February 12 and in the spring on May 6. Register online

GRCC and West Michigan Works! earn $9.8 million federal grant to lead coalition focused on helping underserved populations gain skills in in-demand manufacturing fields

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Grand Rapids Community College and West Michigan Works! will lead a coalition of employers, workforce development organizations, educators and community groups to help underserved populations gain in-demand manufacturing skills with a focus on automation and artificial intelligence with help from a $9.8 million U.S. Department of Labor grant.

The One Workforce for West Michigan Manufacturing project will help people who are unemployed or underemployed gain transformative academic and career skills with enhanced support. The program will build a talented workforce to fill existing job openings and prepare for the future of manufacturing, helping residents and the region as a whole.

GRCC was one of 19 organizations in the nation and two in Michigan to earn grants in the program.

“This grant is one in a series of funding opportunities helping GRCC and our partners get our region back to work — and in this case, the manufacturing community is the beneficiary,” GRCC President Bill Pink said. “The number of entities coming together on this project shows how cooperation and collaboration makes our region grow and thrive. West Michigan is strongest when all of its people have access to opportunities. We appreciate the Department of Labor’s support in our efforts.”

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New Michigan Reconnect scholarship removes cost as a barrier to a GRCC education for students 25 and older

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The Michigan Reconnect scholarship removes cost as a barrier to a Grand Rapids Community College education, providing opportunities for life-changing degrees or occupational certificates for residents age 25 and older.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today revealed details of the program, which covers the cost of tuition for eligible students living within the boundaries of the Kent Intermediate School District. Others would pay the difference between the resident and non-resident rate tuition – a substantial savings.

 Applications are now available at

“Many of students and others in our community are experiencing financial difficulties during the pandemic. Reconnect will remove tuition as a financial obstacle to getting a quality GRCC education,” President Bill Pink said.

“We are committed to other supports to help students take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity, from academic assistance to schedules accommodating home and work responsibilities. We are a partner in our students’ success. No one should feel they are taking these steps alone.”

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Consider using Retiree Volunteers

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There are a number of Golden Raider Retirees who still enjoy participating in student events, engagement, and outreach. As you do your yearly planning, keep them in mind when you can use their assistance and support. 

Contact Penni Weninger at or Julie Johnson at with whatever information you currently have and they will take it from there!

The World Affairs Council’s Great Decisions lectures begin February 8

The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan (WAC), of which Grand Rapids Community College is an institutional member, annually sponsors a Great Decisions Lecture Series.

The series includes lectures on compelling issues identified by the Foreign Policy Association as highly pertinent with special reference to the US role on the world stage.

GRCC students, faculty, and staff are able to attend the lectures free of charge, and in 2021, the lectures will be held virtually and livestreamed on Monday evenings between 6:00 and 7:15 p.m. Those unable to attend the live presentation can view a recorded version after the event.

For more details, visit the WAC Great Decisions website

Faculty, staff cap and gown orders due February 26

The GRCC Bookstore is taking orders for caps and gowns for staff and faculty through February 26. If you need any commencement regalia please stop in the bookstore and fill out the form to order yours today!

Due to turnaround time and production needs, all orders and prepayments must be in by February 26, 2021 to be ready in time for the April GRCC Commencement ceremony.

From HR: Employee Assistance Program partners with Pine Rest

Message from Human Resources:

Many of us are facing challenges that can be stressful, overwhelming, and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but they can make us feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help:

Grand Rapids Community College has contracted with Pine Rest to provide professional counseling services to all employees (except student employees), their spouses and children living in their household.

We encourage all employees to take advantage of these services offered. EAPs deal with a variety of issues such as depression, anger management, anxiety and physical illness.

All EAP consultations and referrals are CONFIDENTIAL and the services are provided at no cost. You can access EAP services 24-hours, 7 day-a-week the hotline number is (800) 442-0809 or (616) 455-6210. EAP – A Guide to Your Benefits

Pine Rest continues to provide access to EAP services by working proactively to keep all services open and patients and personnel safe. All outpatient sessions will be conducted via telehealth. Pine Rest office staff is available to assist in identifying ways to address barriers. Pine Rest Telehealth

Pine Rest EAP Resources:


Mental Health Videos

Tips from Pine Rest Clinicians: Self-Care for Stressful Times

Life is extraordinarily challenging this year, so it’s more important than ever to be intentional

about your self-care. Not to be confused with selfishness or self-indulgence, self-care allows

us to be resilient in stressful times AND be there for those who depend on us.

Complete List of Self-Care Tips

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