The community-based Southwest Detroit youth group promotes the holistic development of young people in urban settings through relationship building, community education and passion-driven projects. It is using this grant to design and plan the development of a neighborhood-based, arts-infused public plaza and artists market in Southwest Detroit.
The community service and development organization works to facilitate, coordinate and ignite educational, economic and community growth and investment in the Central Woodward-North End neighborhood of Detroit. This grant supports community planning for the expansion and long-term stewardship of Dolores Bennett Park in the North End neighborhood.
Michigan is the nation’s leading university for research spending, which currently totals $1.31 billion, and is home to Archolab, an architectural-research collaborative. Funding enables Archolab and Burnside Farm in Detroit’s Banglatown neighborhood to collaborate on Afterhouse, a pilot project to transform a blighted home into a passive solar subterranean greenhouse for year-round food production and community engagement.
The university delivers student-centered undergraduate and graduate education in an urban context, and is home to the Detroit Collaborative Design Center, a community outreach program of the School of Architecture. Through this grant, the design center is coordinating a neighborhood-transformation project, developed by Denby High School students in partnership with Detroit Future City and the Michigan Environmental Council, to turn Skinner Playfield into a neighborhood park that supports community well-being.
Through its comprehensive approach to community revitalization, the organization has leveraged residential mortgages, preserved real estate assets, allowed families facing foreclosure to stay in their homes and assisted first-time homebuyers. It is using this funding to transform a vacant historic church in Southwest Detroit into the Center for Resident Engagement and Development, which provides space for community-driven programming.
MOCAD is a hub for the exploration of emerging ideas in the contemporary arts and enriches Detroit’s vibrant Midtown neighborhood with art exhibitions and extensive public programs. Grant money enables the museum to develop a new five-year strategic plan, assisted by one-on-one consultation from the DeVos Institute of Arts Management.
The coalition of 70 environmental, public health and faith-based organizations promotes state and national policies to protect Michigan’s water, landscape and communities, and supports programs on energy, environmental health and land use. Funding advances plans to develop a classroom curriculum, implementation strategy and replicable model for Denby High School’s Detroit Future City-focused neighborhood transformation program.
The agency provides free legal and development resources to community-based nonprofits that serve Detroit residents. A grant supports a planning study to prepare a community coalition to implement adaptive reuse projects on vacant land in Detroit’s lower east side.
LAND Inc. serves as a catalyst for high-quality, innovative, sustainable, community-prioritized development and shares the vision of its parent organization, Eastside Community Network, to make Detroit’s east side a community of choice. This grant funds a study to assess the feasibility of remediating a 4-acre brownfield site along the Mack Avenue corridor and repurposing the vacant land for the development of a solar-energy array to generate electricity.
LAND Inc. serves as a catalyst for high-quality, innovative, sustainable, community-prioritized development and shares the vision of its parent organization, Eastside Community Network, to make Detroit’s east side a community of choice. Grant money is being used to convert a blighted three-quarter-mile section of the Mack Avenue corridor into a productive green byway with solar lighting and business façade improvements.