NeighborHUB FAQ

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Have a question about the NeighborHUB grant? Review the list of frequently asked questions below to learn more about the program.

Who can apply?
Any registered 501c(3) nonprofit organization working in Detroit, Hamtramck, or Highland Park can apply for this grant. Grants can only be awarded to registered nonprofits. Unincorporated community groups may seek a fiduciary that is a registered 501(c)(3) and is identified as a core partner on the project.

How can funds from the NeighborHUB grant be used?
Grantees can request up to $30,000 to implement their project and solve a need identified by the community. Grant funds should primarily be used towards the development/improvement of the neighborhood “hub” and costs associated with activating and programming the space. Only 15 percent of grant funding should go towards administration or overhead costs. Please use this budget template when submitting your application.

What are some examples of eligible projects?
The NeighborHUB grant program accepts creative and collaborative proposals. Eligible projects must be centered around a physical space in a Detroit neighborhood, and address a specific need or needs within the particular neighborhood. Some examples of eligible projects could include: refurbishing a bus stop and organizing ride-sharing in that location; renovating a vacant storefront to serve as an after-school tutoring location for schoolchildren; building out an existing coffee shop to facilitate co-working and professional development; or improving a public park to provide after school programming. The opportunities are endless and each project will be unique based on the needs identified by each community.

What is the “HUB” of the NeighborHUB project?
The “HUB” is the physical space, accessible to residents, within the identified neighborhood where programming and activation takes place to address the identified community need. Programming can take place within an existing building, like a coffee shop, community center or library, or in a space that needs improvement, like a vacant storefront or home. The application requires a letter from the owner of the space and/or proof of ownership documents (i.e. copy of a deed or title).

The application says, “project metrics will depend on the type of programming.” What are some examples of metrics my organization could measure?
Each project will produce different measurable outcomes. Examples include a ride-sharing organization measuring how many people registered to use this service throughout the year, or an after school tutoring station measuring how test scores of participating students have changed throughout the course of the year.

What materials do I need before starting my application?
NeighborHUB requires a few attachments as part of the application. Before beginning the application, interested organizations should prepare the following:

  • Short biographies for each project leader (no more than 100 words) (required)
  • Organization documents including: an organizational budget, a board of directors list, and an IRS 990 form or other audited financial statements to prove registration as a 501c(3) (required)
  • Property ownership documentation of the neighborhood “hub.” If the property is owned by the grantee, attach proof of ownership documentation (copy of a deed or title). If the property is owned by a partner, submit a letter from the property owner stating that the space can be used for purposes outlined in the grant and any associated costs with utilizing the space (required)
  • A project image, drawing or rendering (optional)
  • Letters of support from relevant community leaders (optional)

How and where can I tell my organization’s story in the application?
The best place to share your organization’s story is the “Project Description” section of the NeighborHUB application. A compelling story is key to making your application stand out and differ from other submissions that could overlap in mission and location. Examples include sharing the history of why the organization was created and how it has evolved into where it is today. For application writing assistance, please contact Michigan Community Resources.

How do I submit my application?
Applications for the 2019-2020 grant period are now closed. Grantees will be announced in October.

How will my application be evaluated?
Following the grant deadline, an advisory board made up of representatives from Michigan Community Resources, Community Development Advocates of Detroit, the City of Detroit and the Detroit Regional Chamber will review all applications and come to a decision. Applications will be graded based on the following criteria:

  • Does the project address a community-identified need?
  • What are the goals and outcomes?
  • How will these goals and outcomes be measured and assessed?
  • How well does the applicant tell their story?
  • Can the project be completed within the 12-month timeline? If not, is there identified funding to continue the project after the grant period ends?
  • Does the applicant plan to collaborate with other neighborhood organizations?
  • What will the grant money be used for? Applicants should limit administrative expenses to no more than 15 percent of the total cost.
  • What are the risks of the project?
  • Is there a leader being held accountable for project implementation?

What is the grant timeline and reporting process?
Funds will be distributed to grantees in October 2019 and the grant operates through October 2020. Grantees are expected to participate in at least three meetings with other grantees to discuss challenges, successes and capacity building throughout the year. Additionally, grantees will write at least three blogs about their projects through the grant term and submit a short grant report at year-end with final outcomes, a how-to guide, and lessons or best practices.

 

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