Launched in 2022, The Grow Wayne County Grant Program (GWC) is a collaboration between the GM Foundation and Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency (Wayne Metro). Grow Wayne County advances inclusive community development by supporting resident-led initiatives and organizations in Hamtramck and Highland Park. By providing grant funding, leadership development, and training, Grow Wayne County equips community organizations with the resources to maximize their positive impact and guide the future of their neighborhoods
One New Humanity:
One New Humanity is a Community Development Corporation serving low-income, immigrant, and refugee communities in Banglatown in Detroit and Hamtramck; their programs begin with a community leader recognizing a problem and deciding to take action. With the Grow Wayne County grant, One New Humanity will be able to recruit and train over a hundred new volunteers to build 40 new plots in their community garden.
In October of 2015, Parker Village purchased its first property launching the smart neighborhood development project known as “The Parker Village Community Resource Hub”. It includes net-zero housing options, an Aquaponics Farm, and Garden Cafe. Parker Village has been awarded to continue building the Community Resource Hub to provide access to shelf-stable food, bottled water, and essential supplies every week; and to operate a 200+ garden bed farm to harvest and distribute fresh, healthy produce.
Women of Banglatown:
Women of Banglatown (WOB) is a community arts organization that provides a supportive, culturally-sensitive space for arts and well-being programming for first-generation and immigrant girls and young women from the Banglatown neighborhood of Detroit and Hamtramck. Working with the Grow Wayne County funds, WOB will engage members to design an art supply library where they can explore their interests and identities through nature, art, and entrepreneurship. Grow Wayne County funds will be used for the construction of the space.
Building Assets to Strengthen Society:
The mission of B.A.S.S., Inc. (Building Assets to Strengthen Society) is to build upon the assets of residents and institutions to create positive community development, including youth development, affordable housing, civic engagement, and economic development in Highland Park, Michigan. B.A.S.S. has been awarded to design, renovate, and operate The Connector, a community hub to provide business workspace and resources to empower residents and creative entrepreneurs to address community problems.
Friendship House is a faith-based non-profit organization in Hamtramck that serves as a compassionate ministry, strengthening families through community connections and offering help with basic human needs to residents. Friendship House has been awarded funds to implement two innovative programs: Supporting Wellness at Pantries (“SWAP”) and “More Than Food.” Together they address the root causes of food insecurity while raising the awareness of nutritional choices.