The community-development organization encourages residents, neighborhood groups, business associations and institutions to work together to improve the quality of life on the east side. Funding enables a small team of organizers to travel to green development zone projects in four or five U.S. cities as part of the coalition’s efforts, supported by a previous grant, to align its Lower Eastside Action Plan with the Detroit Future City Strategic Framework Plan.
UM-Dearborn, one of two University of Michigan satellite campuses, houses four colleges that offer more than 100 undergraduate majors and minors and 40 graduate degree programs in arts and sciences, business, engineering and computer science, education and other academic areas. This two-year grant enables UM-Dearborn to launch Public Allies Metro Detroit, a member of the AmeriCorps national service network, and to assist an initial cohort of 28 allies in developing leadership capabilities.
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. Supported by this grant, the design center is organizing and hosting the Association for Community Design’s national conference, entitled EMERGENCE, in Detroit.
The artist-led, community-based organization promotes neighborhood stabilization and revitalization through the arts and creative enterprises. Grant money is being used to transform a formerly vacant home, dubbed “Jar House,” into a neighborhood information center, project archive and resource library for community and cultural engagement in a 12-block, ethnically diverse residential area known as Banglatown.
The organization serves as the primary development agency in Midtown Detroit, building on the area’s cultural, educational and medical assets. Grant funding enables Midtown Detroit to showcase the second DLECTRICITY festival, a biennial two-day exhibition of contemporary public art designed to illuminate a mile-long stretch of Midtown.
M-1 RAIL (Regional Area Initial Link) is a nonprofit, public/private partnership of Detroit business and civic leaders formed in 2008 to promote economic development and advance light-rail transit in Detroit. This multiyear grant helps to fund the construction, which began in July 2014, and future operation of a 3.4-mile light-rail line along Woodward Avenue, connecting the Woodward corridor from the riverfront to the New Center area.
In collaboration with member agencies, the Feeding America network and program partners, Gleaners distributes millions of pounds of donated and purchased food to people in need in southeastern Michigan and provides education and access to healthy living resources. Grant money is being used to transform a vacant lot near Gleaners’ Detroit warehouse into an outdoor center for youth development, education, sustainable design and community engagement.
The organization is implementing strategies in public-will building, talent development, school creation, accountability and early childhood education to improve student achievement and ensure all Detroit children have access to a high-quality education. This grant supports the formation of a comprehensive professional development model for Detroit’s early-childhood community and underwrites the launch of a summer training institute for early-childhood educators and teacher coaches.
Formerly WARM Training Center, the organization promotes the development of resource-efficient, affordable, healthy homes and communities through education, training and technical assistance. Funding enables a team of six Detroit neighborhood revitalization leaders to participate in the EcoDistricts Incubator, an executive training program that prepares participants to launch EcoDistrict sustainable development projects in their communities.
The organization is the nonprofit economic-growth arm of the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. and engages in business attraction, urban redevelopment and financing programs. Through this two-year grant, the association is administering a $1 million federal grant for two green infrastructure projects in the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s Near East Side Drainage District that will reduce the discharge of untreated stormwater into the city’s combined sewer system.