DETROIT – The Detroit Regional Chamber and General Motors today announced the fourth cohort of awardees for the NeighborHUB grant program. From the program’s largest-ever applicant pool, the following 20 small businesses and nonprofits from Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park neighborhoods were selected to receive $500,000 in grants and additional consulting and support services:
Bailey Park Neighborhood Development Corp.
Congress of Communities
Detroit PAL (Police Athletic League)
Detroit Sound Conservancy
Motor City Grounds Crew
Norwest Community Collaborative
One Michigan for the Global Majority
Women of Banglatown
The Yunion, Inc.
As the region’s economy continues to emerge from the COVID-19 recession, the program again recognized the need to support small businesses as important foundations for neighborhoods, especially in traditionally underinvested small business corridors. In addition to grant funding, the nonprofits will have the opportunity to engage GM employee volunteers on their projects.
The 2022 cohort brings the total number of organizations supported through NeighborHUB to 44, receiving more than $1 million in funding to ensure the success and sustainability of projects that have created and enhanced spaces designed to foster collaboration, change, and positively impact local neighborhoods.
“The unprecedented number of compelling applications and projects in this year’s NeighborHUB program is a testament to the undeniable influence and necessity of grassroots nonprofits and small businesses in their communities,” said Tammy Carnrike, chief operating officer at the Chamber. “Seeing the positive impact of these projects grow each year with the resources this grant program provides is truly gratifying. We’re proud to celebrate the innovators and public servants representing this year’s cohort.”
“In just four years, NeighborHUB has become one of the most impactful grassroots programs we’ve invested in,” said Lori Wingerter, chief philanthropy officer at GM. “The impact COVID-19 has had on Detroit’s small business community is immense. Our decision with the Chamber to expand grant funding to entrepreneurs was easy, and we’re thrilled to watch all of these projects come to life in 2022.”
The NeighborHUB program is an annual, collaborative effort between the Chamber and GM that is designed to empower residents in Detroit, Hamtramck, or Highland Park to affect change in their neighborhoods through physical presence and innovative programming. The Chamber is proud to also work with Michigan Community Resources, an organization that helps nonprofit and grassroots organizations through legal counsel, startup assistance, and networking opportunities. The Michigan Community Resources team supports the NeighborHUB program by assisting with the application and review process and as an ongoing resource for the cohort. More than 200 grant applications were submitted for the 2022 grant cycle, and the selection process, led by an advisory selection committee of Chamber and GM staff, past NeighborHUB grantees, nonprofit founders and executives, and small business resource providers, was very competitive. Get to know the winners.