Community Foundation Awards $17M in Grants to Nonprofits


DETROIT —The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan announced that more than $17 million in grants were approved to nonprofit organizations during the fourth quarter of 2013.  The projects supported cover a wide range of program areas ranging from economic development, education, and health and human services, to arts, culture and recreation.

“At the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan we strive to build a stronger future for our community,” said Mariam Noland, president of the Community Foundation.

Among the organizations that received grants from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan are the following:


  • Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor, $50,000 over three years for an audience development and donor engagement program via local farmers’ markets.
  • Heidelberg Project, Detroit, $50,000 over two years to implement a strategic plan to strengthen and expand the organization’s outreach to children and schools.
  • InsideOut Literary Arts Project, Detroit, $50,000 to strengthen the  organization and support professional writers teaching creative writing in Detroit Public Schools.
  • Michigan Science Center, Detroit, $75,000 for a science education program for children to be held in partnership with area libraries in summer 2014.
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, $50,000 over two years to support a music education program for middle and high school students in Detroit.


  • ACLU Fund of Michigan, Detroit, $35,000 for outreach activities and research to ensure equitable treatment for Detroit students with special needs.
  • Detroit Eastside Community Collaborative, Detroit, $50,000 to provide low-income Detroit youth with an opportunity to earn a bicycle by completing maintenance, safety and repair training.
  • Entrepreneurs Give Innovation Fund, Ann Arbor and Detroit, $75,000 over three years to engage young entrepreneurs in charitable giving and grantmaking.
  • Forgotten Harvest, Oak Park, $50,000 to expand programs that improve food rescue and delivery and provide marketable job skills in food processing and distribution.
  • Genesis Harbor of Opportunities Promoting Excellence (Genesis HOPE), Detroit, $30,000 to support urban agribusinesses and food producers and processors in creating a more sustainable community food system.
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, $77,755 over 18 months to conduct a needs assessment of Latinos in southeast Michigan.
  • New Detroit Inc., Detroit, $150,000 for a capacity-building program for minority-owned small businesses and early childhood education providers.


  • Madonna University, Livonia, $30,000 to develop and implement a master’s level degree in teaching for the hearing impaired to improve the educational attainment of deaf children.


  • Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, Detroit, $50,000 for public engagement strategy for I-375.
  • Economic Development Corp. of the City of Detroit, Detroit, $150,000 for the construction of a visitor pavillion at Dequindre Cut North.
  • Huron River Watershed Council, Ann Arbor, $25,000 for the RiverUp! Huron River Trail Towns Project.
  • Jefferson East Inc., Detroit, $60,000 for professional support for Villages and Jefferson East.
  • Jefferson East Inc., Detroit, $30,000 for a placemaking and economic development initiative for the Jefferson Corridor.


  • Crossroads of Michigan, Detroit, $20,000 for a collaborative tri-country volunteer and staff training program of emergency service providers to support self-sufficiency and well being of clients.
  • Humble Design Inc., Troy, $10,000 to provide home furnishings for families emerging from homeless and domestic abuse shelters.


  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, $11,584 for the development of a teen council.
  • Student Conservation Association, Detroit, $19,200 for the expansion of a youth employment and career readiness training program for Detroit youth.