Detroit Auto Dealers Association
The Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) Charitable Foundation Fund supports grants to charitable organizations that make a lasting impact on the lives of children and youth in southeast Michigan.
The DADA Charitable Foundation Fund Committee is a dedicated group of community leaders and advocates who serve as advisors for the grant applications that are submitted:
Rod L. Alberts
Hon. Trudy DunCombe Archer
A. William Golling III
David T. Provost
The DADA Charitable Foundation Fund provides support to nonprofit organizations in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, St. Clair, Monroe and Livingston counties, with a primary focus on charitable organizations and activities that assist children and youth. The fund is supported by proceeds from the North American International Auto Show Charity Preview.
To date, the DADA Charitable Foundation Fund has distributed more than $5 million through more than 160 grants to nonprofit organizations across the following program areas:
There have been more than $5.6 million in contributions to the fund to date, with $2.3 million (and growing) in endowment.
Each year, charitable organizations throughout the region submit grant proposals to the DADA Charitable Foundation Fund to support worthy programs that improve and enhance the lives of children and youth.
Recent examples of grants from the DADA Charitable Foundation Fund include:
Autism Alliance of Michigan: $50,000 to provide resources for low-income families to help them successfully navigate Michigan’s special education system
buildOn: $20,000 for an after-school, anti-violence program for high school students in Detroit
Care House of Oakland County Inc.: $35,000 for the expansion of child abuse prevention trainings for education professionals and others who are obligated by law to report suspected abuse
Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program: $20,000 for an after-school coding program for youth in Detroit
Fraser First Booster Club: $42,000 for a universally-designed recreational park in Macomb County, accessible for all abilities
Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan: $30,450 for support for implementing Healthy Futures, a program that improves the physical, mental and emotional health of girls in low-income communities in Washtenaw County
Give Merit Inc: $15,000 for support for the expansion of a mentoring and career preparation program for Detroit youth
JVS: $36,400 for support for Pathways to Careers, a program that helps individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities obtain and maintain integrated competitive employment
Macomb Community College Foundation: $45,450 for support over two years for an intensive reading and writing coaching program for high school students in Macomb County
Michigan Science Center: $40,000 for support for a hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum enrichment program for all fourth-grade students in Detroit Public Schools
Oakland Family Services: $50,000 for support for the Before 3 to Succeed awareness campaign to increase the number of children screened for developmental delays
Project Healthy Community: $50,000 for support over two years for building organizational capacity to better serve children and families in northwest Detroit
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland: $40,000 for support for preventive dental health care education and expanded access to pediatric dental services for special needs children
Starr Commonwealth: $30,500 for support for the expansion of training that holistically responds to the effects of trauma on children and adults in Macomb County
Wild Swan Theater: $29,200 for support for an original main stage and touring production for elementary school audiences, inspired by folktales from Arab culture
Here are a few key facts about applications to the Detroit Auto Dealers Association Charitable Foundation Fund:
Grant proposals are due each year by April 15 and awards are announced in September.
Any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in southeast Michigan may apply for a grant. Southeast Michigan is defined as the seven counties of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston. The 7 nonprofit organizations that traditionally receive support directly from the Charity Preview are ineligible. Please note that the Fund does not award grants to host or sponsor events.
Steps in applying to the Detroit Auto Dealers Association Foundation Fund are as follows:
In terms of what to include in your application, please consult the application checklist at the end of the Community Foundation grant guidelines. Once you have reviewed this list, if you have any questions, please feel free to call 313.961.6675 and ask to speak to Surabhi Pandit, program officer.
Once you’ve reviewed our Application Checklist and spoken with Surabhi it’s time to start your grant application.
You can return to your application at any time via the link below.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:
Senior Program Officer
313.961.6675, ext. 123
Contact Surabhi if you have grant-related questions.