Detroit Groups, Nonprofits to Receive $2.7M

The City of Detroit’s Housing & Revitalization Department announced today that it awarded $2.7 million in grants to 36 community organizations through the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund, helping to provide critical funding for nonprofits and neighborhood service organizations across the city, according to a press release.

The Neighborhood Opportunity Fund (NOF) program is part of the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and provides funds for public services that improve the quality of life for low- and moderate-income residents in the city. The program awards grants in five areas: education, seniors, recreation, health and public safety. The $2.7 million comes from the $35 million in CDBG funds allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) to Detroit in the 2019-20 fiscal year.

“Our goal through this program is to support the organizations that help support Detroit on a daily basis, offering important programs and services on which so many Detroiters rely,” said Julie Schneider, interim director of HRD in the release. “The Neighborhood Opportunity Fund helps build capacity at public service organizations and helps keep these programs going, helping to create a better city for all.”

Detroit’s NOF program has been around since 1976, and is one of many initiatives benefitting Detroit residents that are administered by HRD. Any Detroit community organization, human service organization, or nonprofit can apply. To help groups with the application process each fall, HRD holds an informational training session. Applications are reviewed by HRD, which then makes recommendations to Detroit City Council on which proposals to award funding. After the funds are awarded, HRD will monitor recipients and collect reporting on how the funds are spent.

“We rely on our community partners to help make a better Detroit for everyone,” said Tamra Fountaine Hardy, director of HRD’s Neighborhood Services Division. “HRD stands by to help other organizations in need of funding to help them understand the process for next year’s awards.”

The next application process for NOF funding will begin in September. Details will be available at

The 36 recipients of this year’s NOF grants are listed below:

Accounting Aid Society
Bridging Communities Inc.
Center for Employment Opportunities
Clark Park Coalition
Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance
Coleman A. Young Foundation
Delray United Action Council
Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP)
Dominican Literacy
Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit
Focus: HOPE
Greening of Detroit
Heritage Works
International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit
Jefferson East Inc.
Joy Southfield CDC
L&L Adult Day Care
Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development (LASED)
Luella Hannan Memorial
Matrix Human Services
Mercy Education Project
Mosaic Youth Theater
My Community Dental Center
Neighborhood Legal Services (Wayne County)
Project Healthy Community
St. Patrick Senior Center
SER Metro Detroit
Siena Literacy Center
Southwest Detroit Business Association
Southwest Economic Solution Corp.
Urban Neighborhood Initiative
Teen Hype Youth Development
World Medical Relief
YMCA of Metro Detroit
Youth Connection


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