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2020 Detroit Grant Competition

Addressing equity and community-centered development in Detroit.

The focus of the 2019- 2020 Detroit Fellowship is community-centered development. During the in-person component of the Fellowship, Humanity in Action engaged many initiatives and people who are working tirelessly to reimagine Detroit and design ways to strengthen the city and its neighborhoods. Humanity in Action’s 2020 Detroit Grant Competition thus focuses on projects by Fellows and Senior Fellows that address equity and community-centered development in Detroit.

Humanity in Action invited project proposals that address and center some of the current needs of people living in Detroit’s neighborhoods. We will grant project funding from $500-$5,000 for projects to be implemented on the ground during the summer and rest of 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic is having a deep impact around the world and in Detroit. Against that backdrop we strive to support projects that center around Detroiters while taking into account distancing precautions and overall community safety.

Projects are eligible if they are implemented and benefit Detroit’s neighborhoods with a focus on community development outcomes including but not limited to: equitable redevelopment, job creation, blight abatement, open space activation, human resource and education, knowledge exchange and cultural preservation. Project proposals will be considered and awarded based on project feasibility and overall impact.

  • We invited Fellows and Senior Fellows to apply and submit project proposals by June 19, 2020;
  • Due to the generous support of the RNR Foundation, projects will be awarded between $500 to $5,000;
  • All projects must take place in Detroit.  Fellows not currently living in Detroit may apply, but must partner with Detroit-based individuals or groups (Fellow or Senior Fellow or non-profit organization detailed in the project proposal);
  • Humanity in Action encourages collaboration. Proposals may be submitted by Fellows and Senior Fellows and partners from their own networks.


Our Supporters

We thank the RNR Foundation for their generous support of this project.

RNR Foundation