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NeighborHUB Grant Program Lifts Up Grassroots Efforts to Improve Local Neighborhoods

Grassroots organizations working directly in Detroit’s neighborhoods are receiving a boost from corporate grant programs like NeighborHUB. Through grants and in-kind business support, the program supports nonprofits focused on innovative and collaborative solutions to the issues facing neighborhoods in the City of Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park.

Each year, with a goal of empowering neighborhood communities, the program awards five or more grants to provide access to physical space to house programming that solves issues in specific neighborhoods.

  • 33.4% of Detroit’s population is in poverty, the highest among peer regions.
  • 56% of Detroit households cannot afford basic necessities.
  • $390K in grants given to Detroit neighborhood nonprofits since 2018. Additional $300K to be awarded in fall 2020.

Women of color are at the helm of projects creating stronger neighborhood communities, with most of the recipient organizations being led by women of color.

Through COVID-19 these awardees have stepped up to help their community in other ways:

  • George Adams of 360 Detroit has been distributing PPE kits along with First Aid supplies and toys for kids to local residents in the Virginia Park neighborhood, from their NeighborHUB project location.
  • Tacara Woods of the M.I.C.H.A.E.L organization launched the group’s first-ever “Virtual Summer Camp,” amid the pandemic that is focused on helping children cope with the loss of a parent or relative due to violent crime.