After a recent round of awards, United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s Racial Equity Fund has distributed $1 million in grants to local organizations. A total of 22 Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC)-led organizations have received grants between $10,000 and $75,000 to focus on black nonprofit leadership development; youth leadership and voting rights; domestic and sexual violence; maternal/prenatal care; human capital development; mass incarceration; youth development including art; food insecurity; trauma; college access and persistence; and refugee support.
The most recent round of awardees include:
Organizations that received grants through the first round of our Racial Equity Fund earlier this year include:
APIA Vote: MI looks to introduce programming to address a series of racial inequities observed within and surrounding the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community of Southeastern Michigan. They seek to address these inequities through a multifaceted youth leadership development program emphasizing learning about diversity, equity, and inclusion; workshop facilitation and education for community leaders and local businesses; and community engagement through a series of community dialogues and discussion tables.
Black Executive Director Alliance of Detroit seeks to increase pathways of leadership development for Black Executive Directors in the Detroit nonprofit community. They seek to add a second and third cohort of Black Executive leaders working to ensure there is racial equity in the nonprofit sector. Their work seeks to further the interests of the Black nonprofit community by uplifting Detroit-based African American led nonprofit organizations whose aim is to achieve long-term holistic impact on minority youth in Southeastern Michigan.
Birth Detroit works to uplift and reclaim Black-led midwifery care, ensuring communities are healthier, stronger, and freer. By 2030 they envision: there has been a cultural shift in understanding Black midwifery as integral to our survival and celebrating Black birthing bodies and babies — and therefore celebrating all birthing bodies and babies.
Refugee women often have or wish to gain skills but need additional support to become self-reliant and advance economically. Chaldean American Ladies of Charity seeks to help refugee women overcome the multiple barriers to economic advancement and self-sufficiency.
Their ‘House-of-Hip-Hop,’ changes the status-quo and allows youngsters from all walks of life to connect, heal, and grow under one entity – hip-hop. Class Act Detroit‘s effort empowers adolescents to be their most authentic selves in a space encouraging them, is well-resourced, and is designed for their wellness.
Detroit Heals Detroit looks to work through collective liberation for all residents in Detroit – making sure the communities’ needs are heard. They want to help bring this about by taking a holistic approach to combating trauma and taking direct action to address social inequities and conditions impacting Black youth mental health.
Through their proposed program, Developing Kingdoms in Different Stages intends to address the racial inequities in our community: food insecurity, on-time high school graduation, poverty level, chronic absenteeism, and college/trade school entrance. Their activities will have a goal of combatting the number of children removed from their homes.
E-Community Outreach Services identifies and connects Pontiac’s parents with community resources, including tangible items and services that provide human essentials and opportunities that help sustain the integrity of the city’s most vulnerable families.
Family Assistance for Renaissance Men looks to reunite men with their children by reducing legal barriers such as revoked driver’s licenses, traffic tickets, and child support bench warrants. These barriers also prevent them from earning a stable income and resuming payment on their child support arrearages. In collaboration with over two dozen judges from county and circuit courts in Southeast Michigan, incarceration will be prevented, and fathers will be instead enrolled into the FARM program.
Heritage Works looks to address the unfair distribution of material and nonmaterial access and opportunities to human capital development. They propose short- and long-term youth outcomes and experiences to develop a trained, equity-minded leader- and workforce to impact the outcomes of BIPOC-led organizations in our region.
In the US with a population of more than 18%, Hispanics are the largest minority yet remain disproportionately underserved. The Michigan Hispanic Collaborative‘s model is one of college access and persistence, and ultimately economic empowerment. This is a distinctive niche in program service delivery for the Hispanic community and a focus area that has been overlooked for decades.
Pontiac Community Foundation‘s program looks to improve equity gaps in Pontiac. The Pontiac Community Foundation is dedicated to addressing the critical systemic issues within the Pontiac community through all its focus areas and programs. Through a collaborative approach, they convene, organize, and mobilize community leaders and citizens toward innovative and strategic solutions for our community, in addition to funding initiatives and providing fiduciary services to help build capacity and steward resources for a better Pontiac.
Turning Point looks to address racial inequity in domestic and sexual violence – taking on racial injustice in staffing, service provision, and systemic responses.