Announcing the Activate Fund

Overview

Nonprofit Fundamentals Grants

2020-2021 Grantees

  • $10,000 to AIGA Detroit
  • $50,000 to American Indian Health and Family Services
  • $50,000 to Build Institute
  • $37,000 to the Center for Community Based Enterprise, Inc.
  • $50,000 to the Chaldean Community Foundation
  • $43,000 to Congress of Communities
  • $50,000 to the Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS)
  • $50,000 to the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP)
  • $47,000 to Detroit Hives, Inc.
  • $50,000 to Detroit Police Athletic League, Inc.
  • $50,000 to Downtown Boxing Gym Program
  • $43,000 to Family Assistance for Renaissance Men (FARM)
  • $50,000 to Give Merit
  • $50,000 to Journey To Healing
  • $50,000 to Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team (MCREST)
  • $50,000 to the Michigan League of Conservation Voters Education Fund
  • $50,000 to the National Veteran Business Development Council
  • $50,000 to New Detroit, Inc.
  • $50,000 to the Student Advocacy Center
  • $50,000 to The Arts League of Michigan (dba the Carr Center)
  • $50,000 to The Education Trust-Midwest
  • $50,000 to The International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, Inc.
  • $50,000 to The Yunion, Inc.
  • $50,000 to Wayne County SAFE
  • $50,000 to We the People

How will it work?

Grants totaling $1 million will go to 20 organizations at up to $50,000 each to support four key areas:

  1. Funding and Resources
  2. Operations
  3. Organizational Culture
  4. Program Development, Implementation and Evaluation

Who is eligible?

Eligible applicants must be a registered 501c3 in good standing and serve at least one of the following four counties: Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw. Selection will also be based on forming a diverse grantee cohort, developing a peer learning community, alignment with Co.act’s values and approach to capacity building.

Review our values, full eligibility and selection criteria in the program guidelines.

Detailed Information

Whether you are awarded a grant or not, Michigan Nonprofit Association’s Principles & Practices Assessment is available at no cost to nonprofit organizations through our Co.Lab Connect program. The assessment provides a holistic view of your organization’s strengths and opportunities for growth, with a  custom action plan and four hours of complimentary technical support from MNA. The assessment can help you determine how your organization can best take advantage of the Nonprofit Fundamentals grant program and craft a competitive application to meet your nonprofit’s most pressing needs. Organizations that have already taken the assessment through CoLab Connect will have the option to bypass this step if awarded a grant, as long as there have been no significant changes since the assessment was last taken (e.g., leadership changes, changes to the organization’s core mission).

Supporting documents for Nonprofit Fundamentals grants are available as PDFs at the links below.

Information Sessions

Out of concern for public health and safety, Co.act Detroit will be postponing all public events and bookings for the months of March and April, including all in-person information sessions and office hours for the Activate Fund. Instead, we are offering webinars and virtual office hours to help you write your best application in the coming weeks.

Recorded Webinar:

Access the slides from the Nonprofit Fundamentals Information Session here.

Virtual Office Hours:

  • Monday, April 6: 9AM – 1PM
  • Wednesday, April 8: 2PM – 6PM
  • Thursday, April 9: 9AM – 1PM
  • Thursday, April 16: 12PM- 4PM
  • Monday, April 20: 8AM – 12PM
  • Tuesday, April 21: 9AM – 8PM

Register for virtual office hours here.

The application deadline will also be extended to April 22, 2020 at 11:59pm EST for both the Nonprofit Fundamentals and Collaboration grants.

Collaboration Pilot Award

2020-2021 Grantees

  • Alliance for Youth Good Food (25 partners)
  • Collective Impact Network for Opportunity Youth (14 partners)
  • Culture Source (three partners)
  • Detroit Neighborhood Housing Compact (80 partners)
  • Millenials for Nonprofits (two partners)
  • Reading Works Network of Adult Education and Training Programs (28 partners)
  • Shared Services at the Durfee Innovation Society (18 partners)

How will it work?

The transformative potential of collaborative action has perhaps never been as clear as it is today. As we work together around the globe and within our communities to navigate these uncertain times, we also recognize the ways in which the mechanics of collaboration must change in the interest of public health.

That’s why we’ve expanded the Collaboration Pilot’s list of offerings to include virtual and web-based convenings. We also acknowledge that many new collaborations are forming to address this crisis, and we strongly encourage them to submit applications.

Up to five collaboratives will be awarded resources to enhance their work including paid space (physical or virtual), facilitators and convening support.

Who is eligible?

Collaboration applications must: 

  1. Meet the definition of formal collaboration and have the potential to meaningfully preserve, expand or improve effectiveness of services to constituents and/or improve financial health of the nonprofit(s) involved 
  2. Demonstrate commitment to the success of the collaborative venture among the partners at ED/ Board Chair level 
  3. Individually include at least one 501c3 registered nonprofit that meets financial criteria. 
  4. Collectively:
    1. Serve a community in Wayne county. Individually or collectively the group may serve additional counties. Collectively the group may serve one population or zip code within Wayne county.
    2. Be working towards a collective mission that they could not accomplish individually without working together.
    3. Demonstrate alignment of purpose among the partners.

Detailed Information

Supporting documents for Collaboration Pilot grants are available as PDFs at the links below.

Information Sessions

Out of concern for public health and safety, Co.act Detroit will be postponing all public events and bookings for the months of March and April, including all in-person information sessions and office hours for the Activate Fund. Instead, we are offering live and recorded webinars and virtual office hours to help you write your best application in the coming weeks.

Recorded webinar:

Access the slides from the Collaboration Pilot Information Session here.

Virtual Office Hours:

  • Monday, April 6: 9AM – 1PM
  • Wednesday, April 8: 2PM – 6PM
  • Thursday, April 9: 9AM – 1PM
  • Thursday, April 16: 12PM- 4PM
  • Monday, April 20: 8AM – 12PM
  • Tuesday, April 21: 9AM – 8PM

Register for virtual office hours here.

The application deadline will also be extended to April 22, 2020 at 11:59pm EST for both the Nonprofit Fundamentals and Collaboration grants.

Activate Fund Service Providers RFQ

How will it work?

Service providers who are successfully qualified through the Activate Fund RFQ process will be eligible for a service match with nonprofit organizations who are selected through the Nonprofit Fundamentals and Collaboration Pilot programs

Up to 20 nonprofits will be awarded grants through the Nonprofit Fundamentals program, and up to 5 nonprofit collaborations will receive awards from the Collaboration Pilot.

Who is eligible?

  • For profit, nonprofit and independent contractors who provide professional consulting services
  • Activate Fund approved service providers are not required to be located in Southeast Michigan; however, preference will be given to entities with headquarters in one of the program’s four eligible counties – Wayne, Oakland, Macomb or Washtenaw.
  • All qualified service providers must be in good standing with the state of Michigan and IRS.
  • All qualified service providers (the firm AND individuals) must possess valid licenses as applicable for their industry.
  • All service providers must be able to accommodate meeting virtually with grantees – and/or in person, within current health and safety standards and guidelines per COVID-19.

Priority Service Needs

Our team has identified some initial priorities of need for servicing its future pool of awardees from the Nonprofit Fundamentals and Collaboration Pilot programs. Priority expertise being sought from service providers includes, but is not limited to:

NONPROFIT FUNDAMENTALS GRANT

  • Succession Planning
  • Strategic Planning
  • Accounting + Financial Planning
  • Information Technology
  • CRM / Digital Virtual Systems & Platforms
  • Grant Writing
  • Fund Development
  • Program Evaluation

COLLABORATION PILOT AWARD

  • Photographers
  • Videographers
  • Meeting / Convening Design
  • Meeting / Convening Facilitation
  • Graphic Design / Visual Notetaking
  • Digital Tech / Virtual Systems & Platforms

 

Multiple grant proposals have identified these services – but this does not represent the full breadth and depth of the grantee need, so all consultants/service providers are encouraged to apply!

Detailed Information

Selected service providers will also be invited to participate in a quarterly peer-learning community with fellow Activate Fund service providers. Sessions will be focused on sharing program experiences including key trends, capacity building needs and approaches to service delivery. Providers will share feedback with Co.act to inform future program improvements.

Activate Fund service providers agree to complete a program survey and other information as requested by Co.act Detroit and will be required to sign an MOU if selected for participation in the program.

Co.act Detroit will create a roster of all qualified service providers, which will be provided to Activate Fund grantees and housed in Co.act Detroit’s internal data base for the future service provider referral network. Co.act also plans to share service provider info on its website to enhance network connectivity.

Service providers will contract directly with Activate Fund Nonprofit Fundamentals grantees. Service providers will contract with Co.act Detroit in support of awardees of the Collaboration Pilot program.

Applications

Applications closed on 11:59pm on June 19, 2020.

Contact Us

Email: activatefundinfo@coactdetroit.org
Phone: 313-789-1386