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Detroit offers grants to churches, nonprofits affected by COVID-19

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The city of Detroit is collaborating Groups are helping distribute $ 650,000 in grants to help houses of worship and nonprofits that have faced financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic over the past year.

The city announced Tuesday that churches, mosques, synagogues, and nonprofits with budgets less than $ 250,000 are eligible for grants between $ 5,000 and $ 20,000 to help with funding.

The project, known as the “Faith Forward” program, is a partnership with the City of Detroit, the Kresge Foundation, the United Way of Southeastern Michigan, Southeast Michigan Catholic Charities, and Metro Detroit’s Jewish Community Relations Council / American Jewish Committee.

The grants are for places of worship and small nonprofits that have provided vaccination centers, senior health, mental health services, career development skills, and support services such as housing, food, shelter and care support to the community over the past year, according to a press release from the city of Detroit.

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

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The groups entitled to money must have been physically present in the city for at least two years. The nonprofits do not necessarily have to be religious to receive funding.

The United Way of Southeast Michigan donated $ 250,000, the Kresge Foundation donated $ 250,000, Catholic charities $ 100,000, and the Jewish Community Relations Council / American Jewish Committee donated $ 50,000. The city of Detroit said it would contribute $ 150,000.

In the past year, some churches in Detroit, especially those with smaller and older wards, have been hard hit financially as donations have declined due to a lack of personal service, local pastors said. According to the state, there were 146 coronavirus outbreaks at church services in Michigan from July 30 through early April.

“We need to face the fact that COVID-19 is not over, especially in black and brown communities,” said Wendy Lewis Jackson, executive director of the Detroit program at the Kresge Foundation. “Detroit needs all hands on deck to vaccinate our people. We are grateful for the leadership our faith community is taking to face the ongoing crisis.”

City officials said smaller churches and nonprofits sometimes aren’t sure how to get help.

“Many faith-based and smaller nonprofits are missing out on funding opportunities simply because of their capacity,” said Terra DoFoe, a city of Detroit official who leads the city’s effort. “The Faith Forward Fund is designed to help empower community outreach programs that serve thousands of people.”

Apply

The Faith Forward program is open to religious groups, as well as nonprofit and non-religious organizations, with a budget of less than $ 250,000. If you have any questions about the application, email [email protected]

For more information and details on the Faith Forward Fund, please visit the United Way website.

Applicants are invited to take part in online workshops on April 27th and May 4th.

The application deadline is May 21. Anyone who receives money will be notified in mid-June.

Contact Niraj Warikoo at [email protected] or 313-223-4792. Twitter @nwarikoo

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