Community Foundation announces nearly $19 million in grants

Organizations and initiatives dealing with health, education, the arts, the environment, youth, housing, and human services are the most recent recipients of grants from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan totaling nearly $19 million.
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Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Among the $19 million in grants was $250,000 to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. // Photo courtesy of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Organizations and initiatives dealing with health, education, the arts, the environment, youth, housing, and human services are the most recent recipients of grants from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan totaling nearly $19 million.

“From support for music education to a learning program in Detroit laundromats and a counseling program for people affected by dementia, our goal is to create permanent, positive change for residents in southeast Michigan,” says Mariam C. Noland, president of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. “We accomplish this by partnering with communities, nonprofits, foundations, and stakeholders to implement solutions to complex issues.”

In the arts category, the CFSM presented $250,000 over two years to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to attract new audiences to the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, $30,530 to the regents of the University of Michigan for a resource program for dance artists, and $250,000 to the Sphinx Organization Inc. for support over two years for Overture after-school music education, and Sphinx Artist Residencies/Arts Enrichment programming.

CFSM also gave $250,000 to Invest Detroit Foundation for the expansion of the Hacker Fellows Program, which will grow the availability and quality of entrepreneurial talent in the competitive-edge technology sectors in Michigan.

On the education front, $35,000 went to Brilliant Detroit for a data management system to improve client services and reporting, $10,000 over two years to the Detroit Food Policy Council for educational programming focused on urban agriculture and the raising of livestock chickens at Oakland Avenue Farms, $35,000 to Detroit Public Library to expand the Wash & Learn program, which provides early learning opportunities in Detroit laundromats, and $54,000 to the Roeper School for a program that trains teachers to identify and serve high-potential students through a partnership with Detroit Public Schools Community District.

CFSM granted $75,000 over two years to Detroit Riverfront Conservancy Inc. to build organizational capacity through the implementation of a new database system and $65,000 over two years to the National Wildlife Federation – Michigan for Sacred Grounds, an interfaith program to create native wildlife habitats and engage surrounding communities with sustainability education.

Health organizations supported by CFSM include the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association, Community Living Centers Inc., and the Fair Food Network. The Alzheimer’s groups received $75,000 over two years for in- home, person-centered care counseling to people affected by dementia. CLC was given $50,000 for the positioning needed to bridge financial gaps and enhance the quality of life of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A $50,000 grant to Fair Food Network will provide healthy produce to southeast Michigan families and help it communicate best practices.

Human services and housing grants were given to the Chaldean Community Foundation ($75,000) to establish a program that provides free legal services to low-income individuals with civil legal matters that pertain to the family unit, the Motor City Grounds Crew ($60,000) for a community tool library that gives Detroit residents affordable access to common tools and equipment, as well as safety and skilled trades workshops, the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United Inc. ($50,000) to expand a workforce development program, and the South Oakland Shelter Support received $25,000 for a merger exploration process between South Oakland Shelter and Lighthouse of Oakland County.

The University of Michigan-Dearborn was given $52,415 for a summer program designed to train youth in environmental community-based science, and policy advocacy.

Grants also were approved for the New Economy Initiative, Detroit Parks and Public Spaces, and other special grant programs.

Since its inception, the foundation has distributed more than $1 billion through more than 68,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair, and Livingston counties. For more information, please visit www.cfsem.org.

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