Wayne State is a comprehensive, urban research university offering more than 400 academic and community programs and is the implementing agency for the Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program. It will also administer this three-year grant in partnership with the office of the mayor of Detroit. The Kresge Mayor's Fellows program strengthens the capacity of Detroit city government by placing three former revitalization fellows in high-impact roles in the office of the mayor.
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 a two-year grant to develop an arts-infused public plaza and artists’ market that expand The Alley Project, or TAP Gallery, a multifaceted program to create new spaces where neighborhood residents can engage in arts and cultural activities.
Founded by east side Detroit leaders, 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. Grant assistance enables the coalition to align its Lower Eastside Action Plan with the Detroit Future City Strategic Framework Plan by implementing small pilot projects and establishing a dashboard to monitor progress.
Each year, more than 9,000 at-risk children and families in Southeast Michigan receive assistance through the agency’s 13 programs and 14 service sites. Starfish is using a three-year grant to launch Thrive by Five Detroit, a collaborative initiative to provide high-quality early childhood development services for an additional 1,000 Detroit children from birth to five years of age.
The coalition of businesses and community interests is committed to facilitating the continuation and enhancement of a stable, economically healthy Southwest Detroit. This grant funds the association’s work to revive a 2.3-mile stretch of the West Vernor Avenue corridor as a thriving commercial district, complete streetscape improvements, coordinate community programs for residents and build support for renewal of the business improvement district.
The agency is responsible for planning and coordinating public transportation in a four-county region that includes Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties and the city of Detroit, and for delivering rapid transit that ensures accessibility, satisfies the integrated mobility needs of the community and promotes livable, healthy and sustainable regional growth. A two-year grant provides operating support.
The provider of senior living and services serves more than 4,300 elderly adults in 25 village locations throughout Michigan. This grant funds the construction of Hartford Village, an 84-unit, mixed-income, senior retirement community in Northwest Detroit that supports the revitalization of the McNichols Avenue corridor.
The coalition of leaders from business, labor, media, community-based and civil rights organizations and educational, health and religious institutions works collaboratively to foster more positive race relations by influencing issues and policies that ensure economic and social equity. Funding provides support for the organization’s operations and race-relations activities.
The National Trust provides leadership, education, advocacy and resources to save America’s diverse historic places and to revitalize its communities. This joint grant by our Detroit Program and Environment Program teams supports the Preservation Green Lab initiative’s nationwide efforts to encourage the deep-energy retrofitting and reuse of buildings, and to expand its place-based work in Detroit.
The organization serves as the primary development agency in Midtown Detroit, building on the area’s cultural, educational and medical assets. Funding supports projects to encourage new residents to move to and stay in Midtown, raise awareness of local small businesses and make infrastructure improvements.