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 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.

Since its inception in 1999, the DADA Charitable Foundation Fund has provided more than $5.6 million to support nonprofit organizations that are improving the lives of children and youth in southeast Michigan.  This partnership is unique among auto trade associations nationally — a permanent legacy to benefit our region for generations to come.

Recent Grants

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum $34,820
Support for the expansion of programs for children with special needs

Beaumont Foundation $20,000
Support to conduct interviews of pediatricians and school superintendents to identify strategies to address the physical and emotional effects of bullying

Boys and Girls Club of Troy $20,000
Support for after-school and summer health and safety programming for girls

Campaign for Black Male Achievement $40,000
Support for improving student achievement and health outcomes among teachers, parents and leaders working with black men and boys in Detroit

Chaldean American Ladies of Charity $40,000
Support over two years for the expansion of programming for low-income and refugee families who have children with special needs

Henry Ford Learning Institute $30,000
Support over two years for workshops that encourage innovation and entrepreneurship among Detroit youth

Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan $24,000
Support over two years to expand a hands-on entrepreneurship program in high schools throughout southeast Michigan

LAHC – Leaders Advancing and Helping Communities $40,000
Support to expand a leadership development and life skills program for high school youth in Detroit and Dearborn Heights

Leadership Macomb, Inc. $10,000
Support for a youth leadership program for high school juniors in Macomb County

Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit $35,000
Support to increase the availability of internships focused on arts administration, marketing and performance for Detroit-area youth

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) $35,000
Support for the expansion of the Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) Detroit program

Neutral Zone $23,000
Support for a literary arts program for school-based learning through educator training, school guest workshops and a poetry slam

Ozone House $50,000
Support to expand a program that offers support services to homeless students in Washtenaw County

Racquet Up Detroit $50,000
Support over two years for a college prep and career exploration program for Detroit public school students

Student Advocacy Center of Michigan $43,800
Support over two years to expand services to reduce absenteeism for children ages 3 to 9 in Wayne County

Vista Maria $39,040
Support for a program designed to provide intensive aftercare services to girls exiting residential mental health treatment programs

How to Apply for a Grant

Here are a few key facts about applications to the Detroit Auto Dealers Association Charitable Foundation Fund:

  • Grants range from $10,000 to $50,000
  • Projects must benefit children and youth (defined as Pre-K-12) in southeast Michigan
  • Deadline for grant proposals is 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.

Apply for a DADA Grant

Apply Here

The DADA Charitable Foundation Fund Committee

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
Douglass Fox
A. William Golling III
Ryan LaFontaine
Scott LaRiche

William Perkins
David T. Provost
Paul Sabatini
James Seavitt
Robert Shuman
Sam Slaughter

Questions? Feel free to contact

Surabhi Pandit
Senior Program Officer

313.961.6675, ext. 123
spandit@cfsem.org