Local organizations committed to promoting economic prosperity and transforming communities in Detroit recently received $1.26 million in grant support from the DTE Energy Foundation. Recipients include ACCESS, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Downtown Detroit Partnership, and seven other southeast Michigan nonprofit entities.
“Economic vitality driven by innovation and inclusive opportunities makes communities more desirable places to live, work and prosper,” said Lynette Dowler, president, DTE Foundation. “We selected these organizations because they support families in need, attract people and businesses to our state, and promote events that connect each of us to our neighbors.
The DTE Foundation is dedicated to cultivating diverse, inclusive, and equitable communities and supports nonprofit organizations focused on education and employment, the environment, human needs, arts and culture, community transformation, and economic progress.
“Driving economic prosperity and helping communities transform during challenging times requires passion, energy, and resources,” added Dowler. “The DTE Foundation is grateful to the organizations that perform this important work each day and we’re proud to support their efforts to create equity, opportunity, community vitality, and sustainability across southeast Michigan.”
From growing local entrepreneurship to bringing residents together for beloved events like the Detroit Tree Lighting, these grants will help reinforce Detroit as a top city to live, work and visit.
ACCESS – $300,000
ACCESS offers 120 programs at 10 sites throughout southeast Michigan, primarily serving immigrants, minorities, and economically challenged residents and families. The organization was founded in 1971 and is the largest Arab American community nonprofit in the United States.
Belle Isle Conservancy – $30,000
This support will advance the Belle Isle Conservancy’s mission to protect, preserve, restore, and enhance the natural environment, historic structures, and unique character of Belle Isle as a public park for the enjoyment of all – now and forever.
Detroit Crime Commission (DCC) – $30,000
The Detroit Crime Commission (DCC) will use the grant to reduce the impact of blight in Detroit neighborhoods. Particular emphasis will be placed on blighted buildings that pose a threat to the safe passage of children on the way to Detroit Public Schools
Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) – $200,000
This grant will assist the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, an economic catalyst for the City of Detroit, in its daily work to generate new jobs, grow neighborhoods, small businesses and reduce commercial vacancy as well as develop vacant commercial land.
Detroit Police Athletic League, (PAL) Inc. – $10,000
For over 53 years, Detroit PAL has been providing constructive sports and youth enrichment activities for Detroit area youth. Through our G.R.E.A.T model, we aim to instill five fundamental lessons for our youth: Goal Setting, Resilience, Embracing a Healthy & Active Lifestyle, Accountability, and Teamwork. Through focused activities, we are able to connect our participants to valuable resources such as mentoring, STEM programs, college and career exposures, and more. This grant will help to support our mission in helping youth find their GREATness!
Downtown Detroit Partnership – Detroit’s Tree Lighting Ceremony ($450,000) and Detroit Homecoming IX ($50,000)
As the official kickoff of the holiday season, the Downtown Detroit Partnership hosts the annual Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony, which attracts 100,000 attendees throughout Downtown. The grant will assist the DDP with critical resources to produce this family-friendly, festive event for the next three years.
Detroit Homecoming IX serves to engage expats in Detroit’s economic and social renaissance. For three days, expats connect with locals to learn, network, and explore, discovering new ways to support their hometown. The funds also ensure legacy Detroiters and people of color are included in the city’s future.
Michigan Municipal League – $60,000
This grant will help fund the MMLF Bridge Builders Microgrants program, which brings communities together through creative projects. These projects are intentionally collaborative, bringing together neighbors, artists, business owners, and more to transform main street spaces. Microgrants draw clients to downtown businesses and unite people in diverse groups in the community who may not otherwise meet.
TechTown Detroit – $40,000
TechTown Detroit serves as Detroit’s entrepreneurship hub, and this support will be directed toward minority-owned small business support in Southwest Detroit, accelerating an inclusive and equitable economy for our region.
United Community Housing Coalition – $60,000
The Housing Coalition will use this grant to help thousands of Detroit residents with tax foreclosure prevention assistance. And, through its Make it Home project, the organization will also help hundreds of tenants purchase the tax-foreclosed homes they occupy, creating hundreds of new homeowners.
Vanguard Community Development Corporation – $30,000
This grant helped fund the North End transformation initiative and support community engagement programs such as safety education, beautification projects, community organizing, community roundtables, seminars, and newsletters.