Community Foundation Announces $14 Million in Grants in Southeast Michigan

In General,Press Release

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan announced grants totaling $14 million in the third quarter to support organizations primarily in southeast Michigan that are focused on the arts, civic life, education, environment, health, human services and youth.

“The Community Foundation is dedicated to supporting programs that benefit the region,” said Mariam Noland, President of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. “We are amazed at the innovation of these organizations as they address today’s pressing needs. In addition to these grants, we have also funded projects actively addressing criminal justice reform, substance use and organizational capacity building in Pontiac, Mich.”

Some of the organizations receiving grants include:

Arts and Culture

  • Avalon Nonprofit Housing Corporation – $10,000 for two large scale murals at a newly constructed affordable housing development in Ann Arbor.
  • Last Straw Ventures – $15,000 to collect oral histories and create interactive educational programs about Sarah E. Ray and her civil rights activism in the Detroit area.
  • Sphinx Organization – $200,000 to support programming and arts leadership for a series which advances the diversity and accessibility of classical music.
  • University Musical Society – $75,000 for both in-person and digital programming for a series which celebrates the arts of the Arab World and its diaspora.


  • Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue – $25,000 to transform a downtown synagogue into a hub with office and programming space for nonprofits.


  • Anti-Defamation League – $37,500 for the expansion of the anti-bias education programming in schools across southeast Michigan for K-12 youth.


  • Huron River Watershed Council – $60,000 for youth engagement programs that foster connections between students and the natural world through experiential education.


  • Birth Detroit – $50,000 for programming expansion and midwifery team development.
  • Gilda’s Club – Metro Detroit – $75,000 for the expansion of virtual programming for individuals and families affected by cancer.

Human Services

  • Area Agency on Aging 1B – $34,500 to develop the Oakland County Blueprint for Healthy Aging, a data-driven strategic plan for addressing aging issues, needs, and opportunities.
  • Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit – $75,000 for an occupational training program that provides industry-recognized credentials and skills for underemployed and unemployed individuals.
  • Shelter Association of Washtenaw County – $40,000 to address housing and shelter needs for individuals experiencing homelessness.
  • S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Inc. – $47,873 to enhance services for refugee and immigrant families in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.


  • Children’s Center of Wayne County, Inc. – $40,000 for a program that will provide free aid and services to youth with disabilities.
  • Methodist Children’s Home Society – $60,000 to expand the child abuse prevention services program.

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