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Member of the Month: General Motors Partners with Chamber to Enable Change in Detroit’s Neighborhoods Through Grant Program

Editor’s note: The Member of the Month highlights a Detroit Regional Chamber member company working to grow the regional economy through innovative leadership and programs or support of policies that benefit the business community at-large.

General Motors was named Member of the Month for October because of its important work enabling change in Detroit’s neighborhoods through the NeighborHUB grant program.

General Motors and the Detroit Regional Chamber recently partnered to launch a new program designed to extend financial assistance to Detroit’s neighborhoods and empower residents to affect change.

The NeighborHUB grant program awarded grants of up to $30,000 and in-kind support to eight registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations working in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park. Applications opened in July and more than 100 grant applications were submitted.

Through a collaborative process, an advisory selection committee comprised of representatives from the Chamber, General Motors and a representative from local organizations including the Department of Neighborhoods for the City of Detroit, Community Development Advocates of Detroit, and Michigan Community Resources, reviewed and voted on the proposals.

“The response to this program was incredible, both in quality and quantity of proposals,” said Terry Rhadigan, executive director of Corporate Giving at General Motors. “We’re proud to have expanded the support to eight awardees and are excited to see the change the projects make across Detroit.”

First announced at the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference, the initial round of grants focused on awarding five nonprofits but expanded to accommodate the volume of applicants.

The awardees for the 2018-2019 grant year include:

  1. Carrie Morris Arts Production (CMAP)
    2. Detroit College Access Network and Detroit Parent Network (DCAN)
    3. Detroit Phoenix Center
    4. Detroit Theater Organ Society (DTOS)
    5. Eden Gardens Block Club
    6. Hubbard Farms Neighborhood Association
    7. Motown Museum
    8. Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency

“We are confident that the committee selected organizations that will use the grant to provide their neighborhood with viable and innovative resources,” said Tammy Carnrike, chief operating officer for the Detroit Regional Chamber. “It is our hope that this program will serve as a roadmap for creating change in other communities across Detroit and the region.”

Project work will begin in October and continue until October 2019.