The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan in Detroit announced funding totaling more than $14 million in the first quarter of 2022, supporting an organization primarily in Southeast Michigan that focuses on arts and culture, development community, education, environment, health, social services, recreation and youth.
“The Community Foundation’s goal is to improve the quality of life throughout Southeast Michigan,” said Richard “Ric” L. DeVore, Community Foundation President for Southeast Michigan.
“Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we can support the work of these organizations to advance equity, improve education and create healthy and vibrant communities in our region for years to come. In addition to these grants, we have funded projects focusing on public spaces in the Pontiac, criminal justice reform, and elder care.
In the area of arts and culture, Akropolis Quintet Inc., a Detroit reed quintet, received $20,000 for community 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
As part of 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 to affordable housing developers led by BIPOC in Detroit and Pontiac Education.
Central Michigan University has received a $64,780 extension for the expansion of the High School Dual Enrollment Program for Advanced Careers in Fashion for Detroit students. And the Michigan Historical Society in Lansing received $40,000 to support outreach to increase participation in the Michigan History Day Academic Contest.
In the area of the environment, the University of Michigan Regents received $31,900 for a place-based experiential learning program to encourage awareness of the Detroit River as an environmental resource and cultural.
In health, the Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association of Detroit received $50,000 to support the expansion of community doula service capacity. Bridging Communities Inc. in Detroit received $15,410 for the Lincoln Park Social Development Coalition to fill gaps in local resources and care.
The Ann Arbor Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation received $74,945 to support an evaluation of the Washtenaw County Law Enforcement-Assisted Diversion Pilot Initiative. The Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit in West Bloomfield Township received $75,000 for the development of a suicide prevention collaboration in partnership with Black Family Development. And Oakland Family Services in Pontiac received $33,500 to expand mental health counseling for children ages 1 to 5 to increase social-emotional support.
In the area of social services, City of Detroit Support received $75,040 to expand capacity for 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 homeless individuals and families.
Stage One – Western Wayne County Project on Domestic Assault in Plymouth Township received $50,000 to implement a new client management and assessment database. Forgotten Harvest Inc. in Oak Park received $50,000 to expand Harvest Heroes, a volunteer program that connects small business food surpluses to agencies that serve food insecure people in the Detroit metro area.
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 the Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health in East Lansing received $53,000 to support a policy initiative youth-led trans inclusion school in the Southeast. Michigan.