Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan Announces $300,000 in Support for Local Immigrants and Refugees

In General

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan today announced grants totaling $300,000 to nine local organizations working to address the needs of immigrants and refugees in the southeast Michigan community. These grants are made possible by a collaboration of the Community Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the Ford Foundation and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees.

These grants support organizations servicing immigrants and refugees in our region, which are providing access to basic needs such as healthcare, housing, transportation, legal services, as well as access to language services and jobs.

These are the first grants provided through the Southeast Michigan Immigrant and Refugee Funder Collaborative, which is coordinated by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

Projects supported are:

Chaldean American Ladies of Charity: $30,000 to support an immigrant and refugee leadership program in the metro Detroit area, in collaboration with the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit. Grant funding will also support core programming related to immigration legal services and a citizenship and assimilation program.

Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation: $40,000 to support the Detroit Latino Coalition, a group comprised of organizations and individual leaders committed to strengthening and unifying the Latino voice in southwest Detroit, in collaboration with We the People Michigan. The group will provide advocacy trainings to individuals addressing issues that impact the Latino community.

Freedom House: $30,000 to enhance immigration legal services for asylum seekers, asylees, and resettled refugees, in collaboration with the Southwest Detroit Immigrant and Refugee Center and Samaritas.

Global Detroit: $25,000 to support Common Bond, a cross-cultural fabric design workshop series in the Brightmoor neighborhood of Detroit, in collaboration with the African Bureau of Immigration and Social Affairs. The design workshop uses the textile arts–a practice shared by many cultures–to help women establish meaningful connections and expand their social networks.

International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit: $40,000 to support immigrant and refugee integration programming in Warrendale, in collaboration with the Islamic Center of Detroit, Warrendale Community Organization and City of Detroit.

Michigan Advocacy Program: $25,000 to support the expansion of outreach to Michigan’s farmworkers and immigrant workers to ensure their workplace rights are protected, in collaboration with Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, the Sugar Law Center, and Farmworker Legal Services.

Michigan College Access Network (MCAN): $30,000 to support the Michigan Coalition for Undocumented Student Success, in collaboration with One Michigan for the Global Majority.

Michigan United (Michigan Organizing Project): $40,000 to increase civic engagement among immigrant communities in southwest Detroit and Dearborn, in collaboration with the Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services.

Southwest Detroit Immigrant and Refugee Center: $40,000 to enhance and expand legal services in Pontiac, in collaboration with Centro Multicultural La Familia.

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