Request for Proposals

COVID-19 has had a tremendous toll on the city of Detroit. Families have felt COVID’s ravenous impact across social, mental, physical and economic spheres. Throughout the pandemic, in addition to aiding to the spiritual needs of the community, church leaders, ministries and faith-based organizations have taken on the challenge to support families in need with supplies, food, clothing, rental assistance and other vital resources.

Members of the Faith Forward Fund Partnership include United Way for Southeastern Michigan, the city of Detroit and Catholic Charities. The goal is to provide capacity support for COVID-19-related activities and community outreach efforts of small faith-based local ministries, churches, mosques, synagogues, nonprofit organizations and city of Detroit COVID-19 vaccination faith-based partners throughout Detroit.

Funding will be provided by the contributors shown below. The City of Detroit will not contribute funding, will not administer or oversee the funding, and will not select the grantees. The City’s role is to publicize the program for the purpose of assisting Detroit citizens.

The Faith Forward Fund will provide financial support and technical assistance to faith-based organizations through microgrants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000. The fund is designed to empower nonprofit, faith-based organizations to provide programs and projects to enhance community outreach and services due to COVID-19. Additionally, the City of Detroit Office of Faith-Based Affairs, the Office of Development and Grants Management, and other partners will host a series of capacity building and grant-writing workshops to strengthen the financial and human capital capability of these organizations.

Support will be provided in the following areas:

  • Emergency support – (housing, food, emergency shelter, utility assistance, transportation to vaccination sites, etc.)
  • Senior citizen health enrichment
  • Career building resources and support – (resume writing, dress for success, etc.)
  • Building organizational capacity for community support
  • Mental health support (including substance use)
  • Support for designated City of Detroit COVID-19 Community Outreach Partnership Sites

    Key dates

  • Q&A workshop No. 1 – How to apply for a grant: Tuesday, April 27
  • RFP opens in SurveyMonkey Apply:  Monday, May 3
  • Q&A workshop No. 2: Tuesday, May 4
  • RFP closes: 5 p.m. on Friday, May 21
  • Application review period: May 22-June 3
  • Staff finalizes recommendations: Friday, June 4
  • United Way leadership approval: June 7-11
  • CIAC approval and recommendation to full board (where applicable): Monday, June 14
  • Funded partners notified, contract processing begins: Approximately June 18

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What organizations are eligible to apply for funding?

  • Faith-based organizations (ministries, churches, mosques, synagogues, etc.) with an annual operating budget of less than $250,000
  • Smaller nonprofit organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $250,000
  • City of Detroit COVID-19 Community Outreach Partnership Sites
  • Organizations listed above that have had a physical location within the city of Detroit for at least two years

What is the range of potential funding support?

Microgrants range in size from $5,000 to $20,000.

What are the funding areas?

Support will be provided in the following areas:

  • Emergency support – (housing, food, emergency shelter, utility assistance, transportation to vaccination sites, etc.)
  • Senior citizen health enrichment
  • Career building resources and support – (resume writing, dress for success, etc.)
  • Building organizational capacity for community support
  • Mental health support (including substance use)
  • Support for designated City of Detroit COVID-19 Community Outreach Partnership Sites

When can I apply?

The application will be available on Monday, May 3.

Can my organization submit multiple applications?

No. Organizations may not submit multiple applications for distinct programs within the same grant tract nor for distinct programs in both tracts.

How can my organization submit an application?

Organizations interested in applying for the Faith Forward Fund may access the application, FAQ’s and other pertinent information on this webpage.

Is this grant only open to city of Detroit organizations and/or institutions?

Yes. This grant opportunity is limited to local ministries, churches, faith-based organizations, mosques, synagogues and smaller non-profit organizations with a physical site located in the city of Detroit.

What type of program measurement and/or evaluation is required for this grant?

Organizations that receive funding must track and report demographic and outcomes data.

How will the proposals be evaluated?

A selection committee will review and score all proposals and evaluate each organization according to the requirements and terms and conditions identified throughout this RFP.

Are collaborations between organizations allowed?

Collaborations and partnerships are reviewed, scored and evaluated by the selection committee according to the requirements, terms and conditions identified throughout the RFP.

When will the awardees receive notification of awards?

The award letters are scheduled to be sent June 18.
United Way for Southeastern Michigan reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to make modifications to the selection timeline as needed and in the best interest of the process.

Will grantees be solely responsible for marketing and recruitment and, if so, can the expenses for these items be included in the budget?

Yes, grantees are responsible for implementing their own recruitment strategy and should budget for it within the grant.

What webinars are scheduled?

The City of Detroit Office of Faith Based Affairs, the Office of Development and Grants Management and other partners will host a series of capacity building and grant-writing Workshops to strengthen their financial and human capital capability of these organizations.

  • Webinar No. 1: Tuesday, April 27
  • Webinar No. 2: Tuesday, May 4

Funds cannot be used to fund the following:

  • Capital campaigns/endowment funds
  • Government agencies or departments
  • Lobbying efforts
  • Political groups or activities
  • Purchase of property (land and/or buildings)
  • General operating support
  • Fundraising activities
  • One-time events, including recurring annual events (i.e. conferences)

Application link

Click here to apply.

Questions?

Email FaithForward.Detroit@LiveUnitedSEM.org