NeighborHUB Grant Program

2020-2021 Awardees Named

The Detroit Regional Chamber and General Motors (GM) recently announced the third cohort of awardees for the NeighborHUB grant program. This year’s awards doubled to support eleven neighborhood nonprofit organizations who proposed the most innovative solutions to problems facing their communities.

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Dec. 14 – Detroit Is It: “On behalf of everyone at GM, we are proud to support the visionary organizations driving measurable progress in their communities,” shared Terry Rhatigan, executive director of Corporate Giving at General Motors. “NeighborHUB was born out of a desire to take a residents-first approach to progress in the Detroit region, and it is a privilege to be able to continue to help bring these impactful projects to life.”

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NeighborHUB Extends Detroit’s Revitalization Beyond Downtown

The NeighborHUB community grant program recently completed its application period for registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations located in Detroit, Hamtramck, or Highland Park to apply for grants of up to $30,000 and additional business support. The application period ended Sept. 18, 2020.

Given the impacts of COVID-19 on the community, the NeighborHUB grant program introduced new criteria and awards for the 2020-21 cohort:

  • The total amount of grants that will be given out has doubled to $300,000, providing funding for five additional organizations.
  • Small businesses, among the hardest hit financially by the pandemic, can partner with nonprofits that meet the criteria on an application. An example of this would be a small business that wanted to offer space for a project for community programming, gatherings, classes, workshops etc.
  • Eligible projects will be paired with General Motors volunteers who have expertise in areas such as marketing, engineering, law, information technology, etc.
  • PPE supply will also be available all awardees.

About NeighborHUB

Now in its third year of funding neighborhood-focused projects, NeighborHUB is a collaborative effort between General Motors and the Detroit Regional Chamber designed to empower residents to affect change in their neighborhoods through a physical presence and innovative programming.

Over the past two years, the program has awarded 13 grants totaling $390,000 to community nonprofits that have launched spaces designed to foster collaboration, change, and positively impact their neighborhoods.

Past NeighborHUB grantee George Adams of 360 Detroit has been distributing PPE kits along with First Aid supplies and toys for kids to local residents in the Virginia Park neighborhood, where their NeighborHUB project is located. Another grantee Tacara Woods of the M.I.C.H.A.E.L organization launched the group’s first-ever “Virtual Summer Camp,” amid the pandemic that is focused on helping children cope with the loss of a parent or relative due to violent crime.

The applicants that propose the most innovative and collaborative solutions to pressing issues facing their neighborhood will be awarded a grant of up to $30,000, as well as complementary support services from the Chamber and GM. Successful proposals will have programming centered around a physical space and address a specific need or needs within the neighborhood.

If you have any questions, please contact Devon O’Reilly.

Advisory Committee

An advisory board of community leaders has helped develop the NeighborHUB program and serves as a grantee selection committee. Advisory board committee members include:

Shamyle Dobbs
CEO, Michigan Community Resources

Kyla Carlsen
Director of Programs, Co.act Detroit

Lindsay Robillard

Fund Development Officer, member Detroit Theater Organ Society (2018 NeighborHUB Winner)

Billy Strawter

Owner & Publisher, BLAC Magazine

Eric Thomas,

Chief Storyteller, City of Detroit