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Seeding Wayne County Grant Meets the Needs of the Community

Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency is pleased to operate the Seeding Wayne County Grant program. This program supports Wayne County-based organizations that share the common goal of addressing the causes and conditions of poverty in their community. The awarded Seeding funding is used by local community organizations to support programs and services in the areas of Youth and Adult Education, Nutrition, Health, Employment, and Neighborhood Improvements. Designed to support the grassroots, a seeding grant can be described as:

“A small project that is generally funded through internal sources to help develop a project to the point where external funding can be obtained.” (University of Michigan)

The Seeding Wayne County Mini-Grant program provides support to projects or organizations that may otherwise have difficulty obtaining funding. In Detroit between 2010-2015, “the majority of funding, 83.8%, went to organizations with budgets of $10 million or more,” (pg 24) while, “only 1.63% of funding went to organizations with budgets of $100,00 or less.”  Seeding is designed to fill this gap in the philanthropic field, awarding grants to organizations with operating budgets of $250,000 or less. One such organization is Operation Refuge. 

Operation Refuge Inc. is a Nonprofit 501c3- headquartered in Inkster, Michigan. Their Mission is to mobilize collaborative efforts with philanthropy, business, grassroots community organizations, and its citizens with the belief we can assist in creating an incredible future for all. The organization was awarded a Seeding Grant in 2021 to support the Camp Inspire STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Program.

Camp Inspire, designed for girls in grades 5-12, immersed campers in virtual STEAM learning activities for five weeks from the beginning of March through August 31st of 2021. Campers also researched, planned, and built a butterfly garden, as well as assisted Mother’s Pantry with their touch-free food distributions.

When asked how Seeding supports the work of Operation Refuge, Executive Director Pastor Jean Overman says, “The funding [from the Seeding Wayne County Grant] allows additional resources to be allocated to other projects and pushes our overall vision forward.” Pastor Overman also says that the Seeding Wayne County Grant meets its purpose by “coming back to meet the needs of the community.”

To learn more about the amazing work of Operation Refuge, visit their website at https://www.operationrefuge.org/

The 2022 Seeding Wayne County Grant RFP will be released on Monday, November 22, 2022. This year, organizations can request a higher grant amount! Learn all about this and other exciting updates to the Seeding Grant program at one of the two Information Sessions on November 23rd or November 30th.

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