CFSEM Surpasses $1 Billion in Grants Distributed Since Inception

In Press Release

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has provided $1 billion in grants, primarily distributed throughout the seven counties of southeast Michigan, since it began in 1984.

“We are focused on supporting positive change in our region,” says the Community Foundation’s President, Mariam Noland. “The Community Foundation has provided over $1 billion to help charitable organizations meet important needs. At the same time, thanks to our generous donors, the Community Foundation has built assets of over $900 million to continue to strengthen the community into the future.”

Since its inception, the Community Foundation has partnered with local nonprofits to support the arts, health and human services, education and leadership development, and has led an array of special projects like the GreenWays program and the New Economy Initiative.

Nearly $11 million in grants were approved and distributed in the second quarter of 2018. The awarded grants went to a diverse array of nonprofit organizations and programs primarily benefitting the seven-county region of southeast Michigan.

“The second quarter grants represent a range of incredibly diverse nonprofit organizations and provided services,” says Noland. “The impact of these grant will be felt throughout the region and beyond.”

Among the grants awarded at the June annual meeting include:

  • Action for Healthy Kids – $25,000 for the implementation of evidence-based healthy eating and physical activity initiatives in St. Clair County Schools
  • American Heart Association – $50,000 to create cardiac ready communities in Macomb, Washtenaw, and Livingston counties through CPR community training initiatives
  • Association of Chinese Americans, Inc. – $54,500 for English classes, health workshops, and gardening programs to increase the health of the Asian American community
  • Charter Township of Harrison – $9,600 to create and install a public arts sculpture in Harrison Township’s Waterfront Park
  • Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance – $20,000 for social justice and advocacy training for the Cody Rouge Youth Council
  • CultureSource – $80,000 for an adaptive leadership program for cultural sector leaders
  • Detroit Crime Commission – $60,000 to provide data and intelligence analysis for the Detroit Police Department to dismantle human trafficking rings
  • Detroit PAL Inc. – $4,000 for maintenance and improvement of baseball diamonds at St. Hedwig Recreational Center
  • Fair Michigan Foundation, Inc.$15,000 for the Fair Michigan Justice Project, which investigates and prosecutes hate crimes targeted at members of the LGBTQ community
  • Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County – $25,700 to build the capacity of the Habitat University Program to serve more clients with financial education and coaching
  • Health Emergency Lifeline Programs – $24,000 to develop and implement a media, marketing, and public relations strategy for the Corktown Health Center
  • Jefferson East Inc. $57,000 for the implementation of the Jefferson-Chalmers Targeted Redevelopment Area, a public financing method for community improvement projects
  • Jewish Ensemble Theatre – $25,000 for marketing to highlight JET’s 30th season, including main stage and student outreach productions
  • Judson Center – $50,000 for an independent living skills program for teenagers with autism
  • Living Arts – $100,000 over two years for Detroit Wolf Trap professional development residencies and workshops for early childhood educators and caregivers of young children
  • Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength – $25,000 for the expansion of youth organizing programs focused on juvenile justice reform
  • Michigan Education Excellence Foundation – $50,000 for the Detroit Promise Path Campus Coach Program
  • SME Education Foundation – $50,000 for a high school advanced manufacturing program and a STEM enrichment program for Pontiac High School
  • South Oakland Center – $60,000 to expand an online crowdfunding platform that supports individuals and families experiencing homelessness
  • Southfield, City of – $25,000 for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force youth leadership program
  • Southwest Solutions – $22,825 to more effectively serve individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Detroit, Highland Park, and Hamtramck
  • United Community Housing Coalition – $100,000 for tax foreclosure prevention, counseling and support services for Detroit residents
  • University of Michigan – Dearborn – $50,000 to launch Halal Metropolis at the Center for Arab American Studies, an exhibition and community conversation series highlighting the Detroit Muslim community
  • Urban Justice Center – $50,000 for the Detroit Justice Center to pilot a community legal worker program
  • Wayne State University – $40,000 to expand the Success After Financial Exploitation program to provide financial safety training for family caregivers of seniors


Included in the totals for the quarter are grants made by supporting organizations of the Community Foundation as well as grants recommended by donors who have established charitable funds with us.