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Detroit Announces Faith Forward Grant Program To Help Sustain Churches, Synagogues, Mosques During Pandemic


Churches, mosques, synagogues, and the city’s smallest nonprofits will soon be able to apply for grants of up to $ 20,000 to help faith-based organizations overcome the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Faith Forward Scholarship Program was funded with $ 650,000 from various philanthropic partners including the United Way, Kresge Foundation, Catholic and Jewish organizations.

Eligible organizations that offer a range of COVID-related community services that community members have supported over the past year will receive grants, including:

  • Partner with the city of Detroit’s COVID-19 vaccination center
  • Emergency aid services (housing, food, emergency accommodation, supply assistance, etc.)
  • Health enrichment for seniors
  • Psychiatric services
  • Skills for career development programs

“At times like these, we rely on the faith community to support us,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “Like all organizations, our faith-based partners suffered during the pandemic because they served others. The Faith Forward program can help keep them as they have supported us.”

“We must face the fact that COVID-19 is not over, especially in the Black and Brown communities. Detroit needs all hands on deck to vaccinate our people. We are grateful for the leadership our denomination is taking to help.” to face it. ” is still a crisis, “said Wendy Lewis Jackson, executive director of the Kresge Foundation’s Detroit program, which has supported the fund with a $ 250,000 contribution.

Application schedule:

  • April 27th – Information workshop No. 1
  • May 3: Open applications
  • May 4th: Workshop No. 2
  • May 21: Close applications
  • Price notifications will be made by mid-June

Faith-based organizations wishing to apply for funding should attend the information sessions and visit for more information.

Conditions of participation:

  • Faith-based organizations (ministries, churches, mosques, synagogues, etc.) and micro
  • Nonprofits with an operating budget of less than $ 250,000
  • Organizations that have been in one physical location in the city of Detroit for at least two years

Contributors to the Faith Forward Fund:

  • United Way of Southeast Michigan $ 250,000
  • Kresge Foundation $ 250,000
  • City of Detroit (outstanding): $ 150,000
  • Catholic Charities $ 100,000
  • Jewish Community Relations Council / American Jewish Committee (JCRC / AJC) $ 50,000

Overall increased: $ 650,000 ($ 800,000 including city funds)

The City of Detroit’s Faith-Based Affairs Office, Development and Grant Management Office, and other partners will host a series of capacity-building and grant-writing workshops to strengthen the financial and human capital capabilities of these organizations in microcosts.

“The pandemic continues to devastate so many families, especially those who are struggling to meet their basic needs,” says Dr. Darienne Hudson, United Way President and CEO for Southeastern Michigan. Faith-based organizations are pillars of the community and provide essential services in addition to supporting spiritual needs. This Faith Forward Fund will help provide families in dire need of help with food, assistance with clothing rentals, and more in the face of COVID-19 continues to increase. ”

“Many churches and religious organizations lack the staff or experience to raise funds for this type of work,” said Paul Propson, CEO of the Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan. “We’re proud to raise money so these grassroots organizations can continue to help their neighbors recover from this crisis in the hardest-hit neighborhoods in southeast Michigan.”

“Many faith-based and smaller nonprofits are missing out on funding opportunities simply because of their capacity,” said Terra DoFoe, who leads the mayor’s office efforts. “The Faith Forward Fund is designed to help strengthen their community outreach programs that serve thousands of individuals.”

This press release was produced by the City of Detroit. The views expressed here are the author’s own.


Dusty Kennedy