Objective: To support Detroit–based organizations in the implementation of service projects that meet the needs of low-income city residents. To provide this support utilizing members of the agency advisory committee who have direct knowledge of and involvement in city neighborhoods, available services, and resident needs.
Available Funds: The Detroit Advisory Committee (DAC) will have $100,000 to award in fiscal year 2014 (October 1, 2013 – September 30, 2014). Grants typically range from $2,000 to $5,000. It is expected that up to, but not exceeding, 20 mini-grants will be awarded under this funding. Funds may be used only for direct services/program operation. Funds will not support general agency overhead. All funds must be expended for services between June 1, 2014 and August 31, 2014. All receipts must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 12, 2014.
Eligible Entities: Local 501(c)(3) organizations with annual operating budgets of less than $250,000. In extenuating circumstances small organizations that use the 501(c)(3) fiduciary status of a larger agency may be considered eligible entities. The final decision on the inclusion of these organizations will be made by Wayne Metro’s Detroit Division Director. Applications will be accepted from local organizations whose primary service area is in the city of Detroit. Please see attached DAC service area map. Only one application per 501(c)(3) organization will be accepted.
Proposals must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 14, 2014. Late submittals will not be accepted.
Mail or Deliver to:
Johnathan Shearrod, Grants Manager
Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency Detroit Division
7310 Woodward Avenue, Ste. 400
Detroit, MI 48208
Telephone Number: 313-463-5457
April 22, 2014 – April 28, 2014: Initial Application Review
The Grants Manager will contact all new applicant organizations with any questions needed to clarify the application.
April 29, 2014: DAC Review of Applications
May 15, 2014- May 19, 2014: Site Visits and/or Conference Calls (if necessary)
Applicants preliminarily recommended for funding in June will have a site visit or conference call conducted by a minimum of two DAC members and one staff member assigned by the agency. Agency staff will be assigned based on familiarity with the proposed program area.
May 20, 2014: Final Review and Final Voting
May 23, 2014: Successful Applicants will be notified.
May 26, 2014: Orientation 2:00 pm at Detroit office.
Wayne Metro Community Action Agency is currently expanding its Detroit Division main service center, 7310 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI , 48202 to meet the rapid growth of client services and related staffing needs. Wayne Metro is seeking furniture bids from qualified vendors as part of this office expansion.
Bid Issue Date: Monday, March 3
Bid Due via email: Wednesday, March 12 at 4:00 pm
Winning Bid Announced via email: Friday, March 14
Furniture Order Entry Date: Monday, March 24
Phase 1 (Staff Areas) Install Dates: Monday, May 5 – Thursday, May 8
Phase 2 (Client Areas) Install Dates: Monday, May 19 – Thursday, May 22
Project Completion Date: Monday, June 2
Wayne Metro invites interested parties to submit a proposal to provide sub-contracted services focused on client energy use education to help low-income household permanently reduce energy bills.
Award Selection Schedule:
February 12, 2014: RFP released
March 10 - 13, 2014: RFP review by committee.
March 14, 2014: Selected application will be notified.
1. How many people does WMCAA serve each year?
A. Approximately 15,000
2. How many of those clients receive energy assistance?
3. Can you give me a monthly breakdown of the # clients receiving energy assistance?
A. In 2012-2013- 1340 received assistance through a variety of agency funding streams (234 Out-Wayne/1106 Detroit). This is an average of 112 per month over 12 months. Monthly averages will be higher during heating season months.
4. Also if possible a breakdown by which region the client was from? This will be helpful in determining locations for workshops.
A. Grantee should be prepared to service both Out-Wayne regions and City of Detroit regions. Out-Wayne County is governed by 5 Regional Advisory Councils- potential applicants may find the grouping of these regions helpful in their application. Please see attached map.
Wayne Metro will coordinate available agency space with grantee, but the grantee should be able to offer additional locations as well to be most accessible to clients.
Based on 2012-2013 data for Out-Wayne, the highest number of clients were seen from these cities (in order): Taylor, Romulus, Inkster, Dearborn, Canton/Harper Woods/Wayne.
5. What is the number of clients you want to service with this grant?
A. We anticipate serving a minimum of 400 clients with this grant.
Despite an improving national economy, 38.8% of Michigan households are in a persistent state of financial insecurity, according to a report released today by the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED). The number of households who have little or no savings to cover emergencies or to start building a better life has barely budged from last year’s 40.2% level. The report also found that state policies are doing little to improve the financial security of Michigan residents.
CFED’s 2014 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard defines these financially insecure residents as “liquid asset poor,” which means they lack adequate savings to cover basic expenses at the federal poverty level for even three months in the event of an emergency such as a job loss or health crisis. Included among Michigan’s “liquid asset poor” are a majority of those who live below the official income poverty line of $23,550 for a family of four, as well as many who would consider themselves middle class. Fully 25% of households earning between $54,001 and $86,028 annually have less than three months of savings (i.e., less than $5,887 for a family of four).
The Scorecard provides rankings for the 50 states and District of Columbia on both the ability of residents to achieve financial security and, for the first time, policies designed to help them get there. On both measures, Michigan ranks near the middle, with an outcome ranking of 27 and an overall policy ranking of 22.
Today, Wayne Metro Community Action Agency announces its goal to raise $100,000 to keep Wayne County residents warm this winter. With support from corporate sponsors, civic and religious organizations, schools and concerned citizens, the Agency tasked with alleviating the causes and conditions of area poverty is attempting to double what it has raised in years past through this annual fundraising event.
The recent frigid weather conditions combined with the high demand for emergency utility and housing assistance has tripled the call volume coming into the Agency’s client call center. As a result Agency leadership is putting a call out for donations big and small to bring aid to the County’s most vulnerable citizens.
“As a human service organization, it is heartbreaking to have to turn people in need away,” said Mia Cupp, Director of Development and Communications, Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency. “The Walk funds are unrestricted and act as a safety net for those who would otherwise fall through the cracks.”
Through generous donations and support from partners like DTE, Channel 7, Daly Merritt, Inc., O’Brien Construction, Fifth Third Bank, Plante Moran, LB Painting and more, Walk donations have already exceeded 2013 totals.
“We have been experiencing unprecedented call volumes – 400 to 500 calls is now a typical day for us,” Cupp says. “Walk donations will help take thousands who are in crisis and give them the supports they need to move forward to long-term stability.”
One of 29 Community Action Agencies in Michigan, Wayne Metro provides Wayne County residents with a wide-range of services from energy and emergency utility assistance to financial and healthcare enrollment services. Since May of 2013, the Agency has engaged with 16,000 new clients – those who have never reached out to Wayne Metro for help before.
“Emergency services are often the first point of contact we have with clients,” says Cupp. Once we resolve that initial crisis, we can help navigate them through a progressive system of programs. The client becomes invested in a self-generated action plan designed with goals and milestones that can be achieved over time. We believe this personalized approach is the key to long-term success.”
This non-competitive walk around the Ford Field concourse will include a variety of family-friendly activities and entertainment. Participants will also have an opportunity to take part in special on-field activities including a helmet bounce, field goal kick, target toss, a slide and mini locker room tours. Team awards will also be given. Registration is $15 per person and special event rate parking located in the Ford Field Parking Structure on St. Antoine Street for just $4 per car. Participants must enter the arena through Gate G. The first 500 walkers to register will receive an official Walk for Warmth t-shirt and event bag.
Registration: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Opening Ceremony: 9:30 am
Walk Kick-off: 9:45 am
On-Field Activities: 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Awards and Prizes: 11:45 am
For more even details, please visit http://www.waynemetro.org/events/walk-for-warmth-2014.
January 21 -Today, DTE Energy announced it is donating a total of $5 million to The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) and the Michigan Community Action Agency Association (MCAAA), in an effort to help vulnerable Michigan families stay warm this winter.
The contribution is DTE shareholders’ response to the recent record-setting frigid temperatures.
“We want to ensure our most vulnerable low-income customers have timely access to the assistance they require,” said Mark Stiers, president and chief operating officer, DTE Gas Company. “This contribution to THAW and MCAAA is our most effective means of accomplishing that goal.”
THAW will receive $4 million and MCAAA will receive $1 million. The donations are the single largest private gifts either organization has received. THAW and MCAAA will match DTE’s donation with public resources and other funds. Ultimately, up to 10,000 households could benefit.
“This generous gift from DTE Energy is coming at a time when many families are desperate for help,” said Susan Sherer, CEO, THAW. “The recent bitter cold temperatures have made this a challenging winter for everyone, but it hits those in need especially hard. The funds provided by DTE will help us stabilize thousands of vulnerable families during this very cold Michigan winter.”
“We are exceptionally grateful to DTE for the contribution of $1 million,” said Kate Birnbryer White, executive director, Michigan Community Action Agency Association. “Our 29 Community Action Agencies will be able to make critical investments in the homes of low-income families to help them to be warm and energy efficient this winter.”
“We are pleased to be able to contribute to not only one, but two worthwhile organizations,” said Stiers. “We know THAW and MCAAA will deliver the much needed assistance in a timely, efficient and compassionate way.”
Due to the severe weather, all Wayne Metro offices will be closed on Monday, January 6th. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, January 7th at regularly scheduled times.
Please stay safe and warm out there!
Wayne Metro's Community Funding Initiative Program provides support to community organizations (with budgets less than $250,000) with the implementation of service projects that meet the needs of low-income individuals. Wayne Metro has 5 Regional Advisory Councils (RACs) that represent different areas of the agency's service area. Proposals are reviewed and voted on by RAC members who have direct knowledgeof and involvement in local communities, available services and needs.
Local 501(c)(3) organizations with annual operating budgets of less than $250,000. In extenuating circumstances small organizations that use the 501(c)(3) status of a larger agency may be considered eligible entities. The final decision on the inclusion of these organizations will be made by Wayne Metro’s Director of Program Operations. Only one application per 501(c)(3) organization may be submitted. Applications will be accepted from local organizations whose primary service area encompasses the RAC they are applying to. Please see attached RAC service area map. Only one application per 501(c)(3) organization will be accepted.
Each Regional Advisory Council will have $4,000 to award in fiscal year 2014 (October 2013 - September 2014). Grants typically range from $500 to $1,500. Funds may be used only for direct services/program operations.
Proposals are due by 5:00 pm on Thursday, January 30, 2014.
There are important changes to Michigan's Energy Assistance Programs that are administered by the Michigan Department of Human Servicces this year. Most notably, the programs are moving to a prevention based strategy that focuses on helping at-risk families before the power is shut-off. As a result of these changes, there have been shifts in the dates that energey assistance will be available for families in need.
The Coalition to Keep Michigan Warm and it's partner members are working to ensure that low-income families are aware of these changes. Energy assistance funds to help low-income households will not be available from DHS until November 1, and the majority of outside/non-profit agency funding will be unavailable until December 1. In the past, funds have been available beginning October 1.
It is important to note that these delays are related to the changes being implemented in our state energy assistance programs, and are not a result of the recent federal government shutdown.