Scholarships, Grants& Next Generation

The money that the Home Builders Association Foundation generates is split between scholarships for students, grants for deserving non-profits related to housing and to support the efforts of the Next Generation committee to promote careers in the residential building industry. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to us at the bottom of this page through the contact box.

About the Home Builders Association Foundation

Formed in 1988, the Home Builders Association Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable, non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance to people with special housing needs and to bringing young people into the housing industry.

Since May of 1990, the Foundation has awarded more than$159,000in $1,000student scholarships, with a minimum of five, $1,000 scholarships given each year to outstanding high school students in our area.

In 1998, renewal scholarships became available to previous Foundation scholarship recipients who were still enrolled in college/university and studying housing industry curriculum.

Support for the HBA Foundation comes from individuals and companies who realize the importance of giving back to the community that supports them. The Foundation is continually striving to support worthwhile programs that provide assistance in housing to people with special needs and to bringing young people into the building industry.

Over the past 24 years, the HBA Foundation has provided more than $250,000 in assistance to established community service programs and new programs related to special needs housing. The Foundation has recently supported:

Next Generation

The Next Generation Committee supports the success of the Home Builders Association Foundation along with West Michigan members and the residential construction industry by forming stronger partnerships with educational and community programs that help members succeed through the recruitment training and retention of talent for their individual companies and our industry.


We award scholarships to deserving students entering the residential building industry.  We are excited to announce that the HBA Foundation has now endowed scholarships with the construction programs at both Ferris State University and Grand Rapids Community College. Preference will be given to those who are actively involved with a construction-related registered student organization and/or have a family member that is affiliated with an organization that supports West Michigan construction organizations or the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids. Scholarship recipients will be determined by each College.

GRCC students can fill out the scholarship inquiry form on our website:
(Under Step 5 – How to pay your tuition.)

For questions or help please contact Jeff Byrd, Education Specialist:

Ferris State University:
Ferris State University scholarship application portal is open from December 15 to February 28 each year. During that time, students visit the page and click the SIGN-IN button under “Students & Admins” using a FSU single sign-on to log in and complete the application process.


We grant money to deserving non-profits that support our mission of serving some of our most vulnerable special needs community members. If your non-profit organization has a need, please submit a grant request. Details can be found on the form.

Submit a Grant Application Form

Criteria For Funding


Requesting organization must be a 501(c)(3) organization or educational institution and provide proof of such.

Special Needs

Request must be special needs housing related, or related to initiatives supporting student’s education in the construction industry.


Request must be for use in Kent, Ionia, Montcalm and Eastern Ottawa Counties.


Evidence of expenditure details must be provided no later than March 31st of the year following the grant payment.


The Home Builders Association Foundation must be included in all publicity concerning the funding of the project.

Questions about scholarships or grants, please reach out!

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