Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan Awarded More Than $56 Million in Grants to Nonprofits in 2015

In Press Release

Grants Support Diverse Programs Benefitting Seven-County Region and Beyond

Detroit – The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan announced that it awarded more than $56 million through more than 3,700 grants to nonprofit organizations during 2015. Grants made during the final quarter of the year included:

  • Ann Arbor Art Association, $30,000 to support POP-X, a new community arts initiative
  • Asia and Pacific Islander American Vote Michigan, $50,000 over two years for a leadership program serving the Asian-American community
  • Boy Scouts of America, $25,000 for a career readiness program for youth ages 12 to 20 in St. Clair County
  • Canton Township, $10,000 for “Lead Like a Girl,” a pilot program for girls ages 11 to 15
  • Capuchin Soup Kitchen, $50,000 to support a partnership with Street Democracy to provide free legal services to homeless individuals
  • Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County, $24,000 to implement electronic health records
  • Corner Health Center, $10,000 to enhance health services to LGBT youth
  • Crossroads of Michigan, $50,000 to expand a parenting support program
  • Detroit Historical Society, $100,00 for the program series and exhibition “Detroit 1967: Looking Back, Moving Forward”
  • Detroit PAL, $75,000 to expand the organization’s volunteer training and certification program
  • EcoWorks, $40,000 to support the regional expansion of the Youth Energy Squad
  • Grandmont Rosedale, $25,000 for a Grand River Avenue development and community engagement study
  • Legacy Land Conservancy, $50,000 to support land conservation efforts along the Huron River
  • Lions Hearing Center of Michigan, $15,350 to support hearing care services for older adults
  • Michigan Humane Society, $70,000 to support Paws in the D, a coalition of animal welfare, rescue and shelter groups in Detroit
  • Michigan Suburbs Alliance Metro Matters, $30,000 to a programs for young leaders to practice solutions journalism
  • New Detroit Inc., $125,000 to provide technical assistance services to early childhood organizations and small minority-owned businesses
  • Pewabic Society Inc., $50,000 for an exhibition series on ceramic arts
  • Special Dreams Farm, $39,550 to expand programming for adults with developmental disabilities
  • Zaman International, $60,000 for a vocational sewing and literacy program for disadvantaged women

Included in the totals for the year are Community Foundation grants recommended by donors who have established charitable funds at the organization. Each day, the Community Foundation works with individuals, families and businesses to establish funds that allow them to leverage our financial strength, tax advantages and community know-how to maximize the impact of their charitable dollars.

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The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is a full-service philanthropic organization leading the way to positive change in our region. As a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations, the Foundation supports a wide variety of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development and civic affairs. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $800 million through more than 55,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston counties. For more information, please visit