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The Mary Free Bed Fund acts much like a foundation, providing financial resources to select entities that meet certain designated criteria. The fund supports the hospital and a variety of community agencies and individuals who work with the physically disabled.

The fund was established in 1986 through a contribution of approximately $4 million from the Mary Free Bed Guild. The fund is governed by a board of 14 directors and receives its income from condominium tenant leases, investment earnings and an annual distribution from the Sackner Foundation. The Sackner Foundation monies are specifically designated for services to children.

Call Kerry Nance at 616.840.8317 if you have any questions about the process. At this time, the Fund Board is not accepting any new grant applications.

Past Recipients

Below are examples of past recipients of Mary Free Bed Fund grants. These do not necessarily represent current recipients:

• Alliance for Health
• Alternatives in Motion
• American Heart Association
• Amway River Bank Run Wheelchair Division
• Bikes for the Rest of Us
• Bike Helmet Safety Program
• Brain Injury Resource Center
• Center for Limb Differences
• Cherry Street Health Services
• Conductive Learning Center
• Equestrian Center
• Girl Scouts of Michigan
• Grand Rapids Center for Independent Living
• Grand Rapids Community College Diversity Learning Center
• Grand Rapids Eagles
• Grand Rapids Wheelchair Sports Association
• Heroes Program
• Indian Trails Camp
• Junior Challenge Golf
• Junior Pacers
• Junior Paralympic Games
• Ken-O-Sha Playground
• Kent County Early-On Program
• Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy Foundation
• Kent Special Riding Program
• Living Light Dance Company
• Michigan Wheelchair Athletic Association
• Muscular Dystrophy Association
• Pediatric Art Program
• Pediatric PT Fellowship
• Ronald McDonald House
• Sled Wings Hockey Team
• West Michigan Spina Bifida Association
• Wheelchair Sports Camp
• YWCA of Grand Rapids