Community + Culture Request for Proposals

DETROIT – As part of our commitment to the area, Ford is investing $2 million over the next four years through the Community Benefits Agreement to support a variety of nonprofit projects in workforce training, education and community development. For our inaugural grants, we are now requesting proposals that celebrate and build upon the unique legacy and culture of the surrounding neighborhoods.

Ford understands that culture and legacy are at the heart of this community and we are looking for programs that share this vision. Projects should clearly identify an innovative idea that leverages local culture to build community in a sustainable fashion. We encourage solutions that reflect and support the culture and diversity of the neighborhood. Proposals should also promote the empowerment of the residents while effecting positive change in the community. An example might be an arts program that celebrates one, or many, of the diverse communities in the area. Future grant requests will cover: Streetscapes + Neighborhood Beautification; Entrepreneurship + Job Creation; Mobility + Innovation.

Proposals must be from nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations and be implemented within the Community Benefits Agreement impact area. The impact area is generally bounded by Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to the north; Grand River/M-10 Freeway to the east; West Lafayette Boulevard to the south; and I-75 Freeway to the west. Visit the Detroit Planning Department website for information about the precise impact area (

A maximum of ten finalists will be selected and they will then present their ideas to the community, who will help pick the winners. The maximum grant available for any one proposal is $100,000, with a total of $250,000 awarded this round. Winners will be announced in June 2019 and projects are to be completed before June 2020.

Grant Schedule:

  • April 1 – Grant submissions open
  • April 30 – Submission process closes
  • May 15 – Finalists announced
  • May 30 – Finalists pitch the community
  • June 15 – Grant winners announced
  • June 2020 – Projects completed



Entrants should click on “Apply for Funding,” and login or create a profile. Please title applications “Celebrating Community & Culture RFP” and select Shawn Thompson as the Ford Fund Manager. Please direct any questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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