I am pleased to share the news of $4.6 million in new and continuing grants approved at our December 5 board meeting.
At $1.15 million, the largest grant continues support for a coalition working to involve Detroiters in scaling up green stormwater infrastructure. The program’s keystone is an ambassador network of neighborhood leaders and nonprofits that are working to engage their family, friends, and neighbors in conversations and projects on land and water stewardship. Watch a new video about the ambassador program here.
Two new grants totaling $695,000 will ensure sustainable practices on Belle Isle, including a rain garden as part of a 2 acre public garden by the designer of The Highline and Lurie Garden. The largest city-owned park in the United States, a healthy and beautiful Belle Isle connects Detroiters to nature and builds generational stewardship.
Seven new grants totaling $958,000 will advance Great Lakes policy by educating bi-national policymakers and advocates on the importance of Great Lakes issues. Legislative turnover in 2018 presents a unique opportunity to educate state and federal policymakers on critical Great Lakes issues such as nutrient loading and invasive species.
Additional grants will:
- Provide customized technical assistance to food entrepreneurs in southeast Michigan, ensuring sustainable business models and local jobs.
- Continue support for Building the Engine of Community Development in Detroit, a collaborative initiative to strengthen Detroit’s community development system.
- Transition community arts programming in Highland Park from a regional arts nonprofit to the newly established Highland Park Arts and Cultural Commission.
Read our complete grants list here.