Community Foundation announces more than $12 million in grants

In Press Release

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan announced more than $12 million in grants to organizations and initiatives in areas including arts, education, health, human services, civic life, youth development, and community development.

“From supporting the aspirations of young musicians to the development of programs designed to address substance abuse, the Community Foundation continues to focus on making permanent, positive change in our region,” says Mariam C. Noland, President, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

Some of the grants announced during the fourth quarter include:


  • $50,000 to the Deaf Performing Artists Network to support a web-series that promotes accessibility and improves the quality of life for deaf and hard of hearing residents of Southeast Michigan.
  • $40,000 to the Holocaust Memorial Center for the expansion of an arts and writing competition for middle and high school students.
  • $20,000 to TechTown to support the Motown Musician Accelerator Program.
  • $10,100 to PuppetART for a residency at Southfield Public Library with six performances, puppet displays, and puppetry workshops for children and adults.


  • $46,000 to Oakland County for public and school-based engagement and education about the county’s bicentennial celebration.
  • $35,000 to Life Directions to expand social-emotional learning programs at Western International High School in Detroit.


  • $50,000 to Ruth Ellis Center Inc. to expand behavioral health services for LGBTQ+ individuals.
  • $45,000 to Leaders Advancing and Helping Communities to expand a substance abuse prevention program for middle and high school-age youth.
  • $35,000 to Greater Detroit Area Health Council for a youth diabetes prevention program in Mount Clemens.

Human Services:

  • $100,000 to Detroit Justice Center to expand its Legal Services Practice.
  • $75,000 to University of Detroit Mercy fo support over three years to provide free, limited-scope legal assistance to low-income individuals.

Civic Life:

  • $50,000 to Global Detroit in support of an immigrant inclusion narrative building project.

Youth Development:

  • $50,000 to Forum for Youth Investment for support over two years for the Youth Development Recource Center to help youth development workers access professional credentialing and training opportunities.
  • $10,000 to Detroit Horse Power to establish a Youth Leadership Council.

Community Development:

  • $50,000 to Focus: HOPE to build evaluation systems and organization-wide intake procedures to improve program quality, impact and sustainability.
  • $27,000 to Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation for support related to the acquisition of multi- and single-family housing properties.
  • $15,000 to Nortown Community Development Corporation to conduct a sustainable energy feasibility study to explore cost-saving solutions for residents in northeast Detroit.

Grants were also approved for the New Economy Initiative, the Detroit Journalism Engagement Fund and to support other special programs.