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Fund Development

Wayne Metro’s ability to sustain impactful anti-poverty programs and services is driven by our ability to secure, leverage, and increase the levels of support from funders and funding sources each year. From federal, state, and local grants to donations and in kind supports from from members of the communities that we serve, our Development and Communications Departments work hand in hand with Program Departments to maximize resources, meet  community needs, and further our mission to empower low-income people and strengthening communities through a variety of avenues.

In concert with the goals of Community Action programming and the state and national levels, Wayne Metro has identified five funding priorities to help best serve the people of Wayne County:

Unrestricted Funding/Save the Day Fund

Unrestricted funding allows Wayne Metro to direct funding toward unmet needs and fill service gaps. New to Wayne Metro’s programming, the Save the Day Fund provides emergency assistance to individuals and families throughout Wayne County who are experiencing financial crisis, facing homelessness, or struggling to provide the basic needs of daily living for their family. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit Wayne Metro’s Save the Day Fund’s homeless services.

Each year, Wayne Metro hosts two major fundraisers to help raise money for the Save the Day Fund: The MasquerAID Ball and Music by Moonlight.

Basic Needs

Basic Needs supports include housing, utility assistance, food and healthcare access.

Children & Families

Children and Families includes early education services, literacy initiatives, afterschool/summer programs, and services for infants and pregnant mothers, and workforce training.

Economic Solutions

Economic Solutions encompass financial coaching, matched savings accounts, community development impact projects, homebuyer education, and financial capabilities programming.



Special Thanks to the DTE Energy Foundation for supporting our Financial Capabilities programs. Click here for more information on their generous donation.

Education & Training

Education and training includes workforce skill development, digital literacy, and the Wayne Metro Genius online learning tool.

Highlighted Project

Cortland Community Impact Center & Prosperity Park

Prosperity Park is a $9 million community and economic development project in the City of Highland Park aimed at renovating an existing elementary school into a full-scale Community Impact Center, creating a safe, sustainable campus, and revitalizing surrounding neighborhoods.

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