DETROIT, MICH. (July 17, 2019) – Today, the NeighborHUB community grant program opened its application period for registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations located in Detroit, Hamtramck, or Highland Park to apply for five grants up to $30,000 and additional business support. The application period will be open until Aug. 28, 2019 with awardees notified this fall.
Now in its second year, NeighborHUB is a collaborative effort between General Motors Co. (GM) and the Detroit Regional Chamber and is designed to empower residents to affect change in their neighborhoods through a physical presence and innovative programming. Last fall, eight grants were awarded, and the projects are coming to completion this summer through October.
“Over the last year, we have seen innovative approaches to tackling neighborhood problems through our first cohort of grant awardees,” said Tammy Carnrike, chief operating officer for the Detroit Regional Chamber. “We are looking to continue creating sustainability within Detroit neighborhoods and beyond the downtown district.”
The nonprofits that propose the most innovative and collaborative solutions to pressing issues facing their neighborhood will be awarded a grant.
“Detroiters are creating real and lasting change in the city,” said Terry Rhadigan, executive director of Corporate Giving at GM. “After watching last year’s projects come to life, we’re excited to see new ideas from our neighbors who understand their communities best.”
Successful proposals will have programming centered around a physical space and address a specific need or needs within the neighborhood (i.e., a vacant storefront or within an existing building; refurbishing a bus stop and organizing ride-sharing in that location; renovating a vacant storefront to provide services to adults to engage in education and work opportunities; building out an existing coffee shop to facilitate co-working and professional development; or improving a public park to provide after-school programming or promote community gathering).
Some examples of past projects include:
- Detroit College Access Network and Detroit Parent Network collaborating to support the Pathways to Higher Education and Careers Center to connect parents and students to career pathways;
- Detroit Phoenix Center supporting its Asset Based Resource Center Zen Zone to provide support services and a safe, inclusive and youth-centric environment for disconnected homeless and runaway youth;
- Detroit Theater Organ Society utilizing the grant to foster neighborhood engagement by expanding a vacant lot adjacent to the Senate Theatre.
A committee with representatives from local organizations helps with the selection of grant recipients. In addition to the Chamber and GM, the committee includes representatives from the City of Detroit Department of Neighborhoods, Community Development Advocates of Detroit, and Michigan Community Resources.
For organizations looking to learn more, the Chamber will be hosting two informational sessions on Wednesday, July 24 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Co.act Detroit and Wednesday, July 31 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at TechTown Detroit. To apply or register for an informational session, please visit www.detroitchamber.com/neighborhub.
About the Detroit Regional Chamber
Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. As the voice for business in the 11-county Southeast Michigan region, the Chamber’s mission is carried out through creating a business-friendly climate and value for members, leading a robust economic development strategy, and convening Michigan’s most influential audience at the nationally unique Mackinac Policy Conference.
About General Motors
General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM) has leadership positions in the world’s largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.