The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan in Detroit announced funding totaling more than $14 million during the first quarter of 2022, supporting organization primarily in southeast Michigan that focus on arts and culture, community development, education, environment, health, human services, recreation, and youth.
“The Community Foundation’s goal is to enhance the quality of life throughout southeast Michigan,” says Richard “Ric” L. DeVore, president of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.
“Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we can support the work these organizations do to advance equity, improve education, and create healthy, vibrant communities in our region for years to come. In addition to these grants, we provided funding for projects that address public spaces in Pontiac, criminal justice reform, and older adult care.”
In arts and culture, Akropolis Quintet Inc., a reed instrument quintet from Detroit, received $20,000 for community-based musical performances and educational programs. Detroit Opera – $100,000 for the production of a civil rights-focused opera complemented by a series of strategic community engagement initiatives
In community development Develop Detroit Inc. received $150,000 over two years to support community education and programming at Detroit Food Commons. Enterprise Community Partners Inc. in Detroit received $55,000 for a program that provides advisory services and technical assistance for BIPOC-led affordable housing developers in Detroit and Pontiac Education.
Central Michigan University was extended $64,780 for the expansion of the high school dual enrollment program for advanced fashion careers for Detroit students. And the Historical Society of Michigan in Lansing received $40,000 to support outreach to increase participation in the Michigan History Day academic competition
In environment, Regents of the University of Michigan received $31,900 for a place-based experiential learning program to encourage awareness of the Detroit River as an environmental and cultural resource
In health, Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association in Detroit was granted $50,000 to support expanded capacity for community-based doula services. Bridging Communities Inc. in Detroit received $15,410 for the Lincoln Park Social Development Coalition to address gaps in local resources and care.
The Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation in Ann Arbor received $74,945 to support an evaluation of Washtenaw County’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Deflection pilot initiative. Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit in West Bloomfield Township received $75,000 for the development of a suicide prevention collaborative in partnership with Black Family Development. And Oakland Family Services in Pontiac received $33,500 to expand mental health consultations for children ages 1 to 5 years to increase social-emotional support.
In human services, City of Detroit Support received $75,040 to expand the capacity of the Office of Disability Affairs, and Community and Home Supports Inc. in Detroit received $75,000 to increase staff capacity for a housing navigation project for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
First Step – Western Wayne County Project on Domestic Assault in Plymouth Township received $50,000 to implement a new client management and evaluation database. Forgotten Harvest Inc. in Oak Park received $50,000 to expand Harvest Heroes, a volunteer program that connects surplus food from small businesses to agencies serving food-insecure individuals in metro Detroit.
In recreation the Chandler Park Conservancy in Detroit received $65,000 over 18 months to support the Detroit Parks Coalition and its programming and communications.
In youth, Friends of Children – Detroit received $45,000 for the expansion of the 2Gen model and financial literacy initiatives, and Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health in East Lansing received $53,000 to support a youth-led trans-inclusion school-based policy initiative in southeast Michigan.