Announcing the Detroit Community Development Mini-Grant Fund — Part 2

Feb 26, 2021

The Detroit Community Development Mini-Grant Fund

Presented in partnership with Community Development Advocates of Detroit (CDAD), with support from the McGregor Fund and the Hudson-Webber Foundation, this fund is designed to support the crucial work of Detroit community development and neighborhood organizations. This relief fund will provide grants in amounts up to $5,000 to qualifying nonprofits and community based organizations. The deadline to apply has been extended to Friday, March 19 at 11:59PM ET. 




  • The applicant is a non-profit or community based organization who is engaged in physical development, land use planning, community organizing and/or other activities designed to stabilize and improve the quality of life in Detroit. 
  • The organization must be located in and serving a Detroit neighborhood. Organizations without a physical location are eligible to apply, provided they serve a Detroit neighborhood. Hamtramck and Highland Park-based organizations are not eligible. 
  • The organization’s annual revenue must not exceed $500,000. Applicants will need to provide verification of their most recent board approved budget for the current fiscal operating year. 
  • Applicants must specify the requested use of funds in their application and include a grant budget using the application template. Grant funds must be used for critical response services such as food distribution, PPE, cash assistance, rent relief or other direct aid (basic household goods, hygiene items, etc.), and may support costs associated with delivering those services.
  • The program will be available to all citywide nonprofit and community based organizations meeting the eligibility requirements. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate ability to mobilize resources to their constituents quickly, are increasing accessibility to resources such as serving home-bound individuals, and can demonstrate how funds will help sustain existing activity or expand activities in response to urgent community needs not currently being met.  
  • Funding will be provided to non-profit and community organizations only. For-profit and social enterprises are not eligible to apply.
  • Organizations with a current, open emergency COVID relief grant with the McGregor Fund are not eligible to receive funds in this grant program.


    Application Requirements

    • Applicants must specify the requested use of funds in their application and include a grant budget using the project budget template.
    • Preference will be given to applicants who clearly demonstrate the impact and community benefit of the funds.
    • A bank account number, Michigan business entity identification number, and employer identification number (EIN) will be required to receive grant funds. Click here for the Michigan business entity search to look up your Michigan business entity ID number.
    • General operating expenses are not eligible. General operating expenses are defined as the day-to-day costs of running the organization such as covering payroll and rent.
    • The application window for the Detroit Community Development Mini-grant Fund closes Friday, March 19 at 11:59PM ET. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered for funding awards.
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