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Wayne Metro Awards $100K in Seeding Wayne County Grants to Support Grassroots Organizations

Detroit, MI – Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency is pleased to announce recipients of the 2016 Seeding Wayne County Mini-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 funding is used by grassroots community organizations to support programs and services in the areas of Youth and Adult Education, Nutrition, Health, Employment, and Neighborhood Improvements.

Winning organizations for the 2016 Seeding Wayne County Mini-Grant program are selected in part with direct input from members of Wayne Metro’s six Regional Advisory Councils (RACs). RAC members have direct contact with community and neighborhood leaders, and possess knowledge of the needs and service gaps residents confront every day. RAC members are advocates for their communities and have sound insight into the unique conditions and needs of low-income residents and the homeless. Grant entries are judged individually on the applying organization’s project goals, design, and budget.

Barbara Matney, president of the In Memory Of… Community Garden, located Detroit’s Warrendale neighborhood said, “This small grant is a big step forward for us. We’re a young organization, and we really need this funding to help us get to the next level and raise awareness of our work to revitalize our communities by bringing all people together.”

Nehemiah Faith Based Ministry also won a mini-grant. Minister, Gregory L. Delaney explains, “This seeding grant will allow us to expand our presence in the community; making the public and supporters more aware of our efforts to bring health awareness, provide employment skills and opportunities, and to address poverty conditions for young people of Highland Park.” Mr. Delaney says the organization is looking forward to working with Wayne Metro, “This partnership will give us the guidance and insight of how best to use this funding and expand our work.”

The annual Seeding Wayne County Mini-Grant program is a successful means of providing much needed resources to organizations that strive to revitalize the communities of Wayne County, and to serve the people that call Wayne County home.

“We are a large organization and we continue to grow, but a key strength is our close relationships to the communities and people we serve. Through members of our volunteer Board of Directors, Regional Advisory Councils, and community services staff we remain at our core a community-based organization,” said Mia Cupp, chief development and communications officer. “The seeding grants help to solidify those relationships and they provide an exponential return by expanding our reach, increasing capacity, and amplifying impact in the communities we serve.”

Each grant recipient receives half of their grant award up front and the remaining balance once the goals and objectives of their project have been completed. Wayne Metro also provides technical assistance and supports aimed at helping awardees seek and secure additional funding and resources to help build and sustain the important work they are doing.

2016 Seeding Wayne County Grant Recipients and Funding Amounts:


$2,000 to the Reggie McKenzie Foundation of Highland Park

$1,000 to the Detroit Friendship House of Hamtramck

$   625 to Soulardarity Our Power:  Energy Education in Highland Park

$   625 to Building Assets to Strengthen Society (B.A.S.S.) Inc. of Highland Park

$2,000 to North Detroit Jets Athletic Association (NDJ) of Highland Park



$5,000 to The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative of Detroit

$4,450 to MACC Development of Detroit

$4,142 to Redeemed  Christian Fellowship Ministries International of Detroit

$2,500 to Inner City Youth Group of Detroit

$5,000 to The Horatio Williams Foundation of Detroit

$4,000 to Pearls of Promise Foundation Inc. of Detroit

$2,000 to Eden Gardens Block Club of Detroit

$2,000 to The First Tee of  Greater Detroit/Detroit Golf Foundation of Detroit

$1,600 to 8 Mile Boulevard Association of Detroit

$2,000 to North End Neighborhood Patrol of Detroit

$2,000 to Center for Success of Detroit

$608 to Clean Up Detroit

$600 to Warren Rogers Community Center of Detroit

$600 to Nehemiah Faith Based Ministry of Detroit

$500 to K.M. Early Community Outreach Program of Detroit

$500 to Buffalo/Charles Terrace Association Inc. of Detroit


$5,000 to Ebenezer Community and Cultural Center of Detroit

$4,650 to Scott Food Pantry of Detroit

$5,000 to Summer In The City of Detroit

$2,050 to Redford Brightmoor Initiative of Detroit

$3,654 to Charles Drew Transition Center Hort. Program, DP of Detroit

$5,000 to OLHSA Michigan Youth Opportunity Program of Detroit

$3,250 to Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Association of Detroit

$2,676 to Broadstreet Presbyterian Church Community Garden

$2,000 to Detroit Association of Black Storytellers

$1,400 to Detroit Horse Power

$2,000 to Mary Turner Center for Advocacy of Detroit

$1,000 to In Memory Of Community Garden of Detroit


$1,750 to Redford Interfaith Relief

$1,750 to Operation Refuge of Inkster

$1,000 to Inskster Task Force

$1,750 to Helps on the Way of Belleville


$1,800 to Journey to Housing Program / St. Vincent DePaul Detroit of Westland

$2,000 to Samuel B Ware Community Center of Westland

$2,000 to Warm Hearts Organization of Westland


$1,000 to Our Lady of Angels of Taylor

$1,200 to St Philip Lutheran Church of Trenton

$1,000 to Gibraltar Food Pantry

$1,000 to Downriver Community Food Pantry of Wyandotte

$   900 to Ecorse Ecumenical Food Pantry of Lincoln Park

$2,000 to ChristNet Homeless Services of Taylor

$2,000 to Ecorse Seventh-day Adventist Church

$1,000 to Bethel Baptist Church Emergency Food Pantry of Southgate

Requests for seeding grant applications are published annually on the Wayne Metro website and are due in early January. Grants range from $500 to $5,000. Eligible entities are local 501 (c)(3) organizations with annual operating budgets of less than $250,000. Awardees must agree to send a representative from their organization to a minimum of two Wayne Metro Regional Advisory Council meetings during the period March 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016. The targeted population must be at or below 125% of poverty.


Wayne Metro is the Community Action Agency serving all of Wayne County, including the City of Detroit. Our mission is to empower low-income people and strengthen communities through diverse services, leadership, and collaboration. The agency has been serving needs of low-income individuals since 1971, delivering more than 60 integrated programs, including educational, housing, financial empowerment and basic needs services to individuals, families, and children. We maintain a low administrative rate (8%) so that $.92 of every dollar can be utilized for direct client services. With administrative offices in Wyandotte and Detroit, Wayne Metro maintains over 20 service sites throughout Wayne County, including Detroit, Highland Park, Hamtramck, Harper Woods, Taylor and Westland. 



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