Bank of America is awarding $2.4 million in grants to 47 metro Detroit nonprofit organizations focused on addressing food insecurity, access to quality education and healthcare, and building pathways to employment and economic mobility through workforce development.
A grant to COTS will support essential services such as emergency shelters, supportive housing, and affordable housing as well as the Self-Sufficiency Framework, a researched-based transformative coaching and mentorship strategy designed to create poverty-resistant families. Forgotten Harvest received a grant to support its Health Kids Program, an initiative to provide nutritious food to nearly 25,000 children in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties.
The bank’s grant to The Greening of Detroit will support the Detroit Conservation Corps Workforce Development Program that connects low-income Detroiters to sustainable, family-supporting jobs in urban forestry, landscaping, arboriculture and nursery care. Additionally, a grant to NPower will provide a training pathway to IT careers for military veterans and vulnerable young adults.
“Partnering with Detroit nonprofit organizations to address issues like prevention and access to healthcare and youth workforce development and employment is part of our approach to fostering economic mobility and equitable progress,” said Matt Elliott, president, Bank of America Michigan. “These investments demonstrate how we are taking action to provide our community with the essential resources and support needed to help people succeed in today’s and tomorrow’s economy.”
The four first-time grant recipients are:
The Carr Center, an organization whose work extends beyond performance, presentation and exhibition of African American arts, but is equally focused on new work and building the next generation of artists and audiences.
The Children’s Center, which provides specialized clinical services for children who struggle with behavioral, emotional, intellectual and developmental challenges or may have experienced trauma.
MCHS Family of Services, a child welfare agency that provides foster care and adoption, transitional living, child abuse prevention and community wellness programs.
WHOH Detroit, whose mission is to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community through traditional and non-traditional sports as well as serve inner-city youth to create a pathway for higher education and careers.