$3 million in new grants; safety efforts get boost

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Students walk to Gompers Elementary School in Brightmoor this winter.

DETROIT – The Skillman Foundation today announced more than $3 million in new grants, including $300,000 that will provide innovative support and expansion of safety initiatives in four Detroit neighborhoods.

All Skillman Foundation dollars are invested in organizations working toward improving meaningful graduation rates in the city of Detroit. The Foundation has funded safety efforts for years, but in 2013, made public safety one of its key interest areas. To help shore up efforts to keep Detroit children safe, especially as they walk to and from school, the Foundation is granting:

  • $200,000 to the Detroit Crime Commission to expand the Threat Assessment and Intelligence Project, a comprehensive crime prevention strategy that uses community intelligence and threat assessment, gang intervention, nuisance abatement, landlord training and criminal investigations and analytical support. The intelligence will guide neighborhood leaders and citizen patrols in their individual assignments in Brightmoor, Cody Rouge, Osborn and Southwest Detroit.
  • $100,000 to Detroit Public Safety Foundation to support the Neighborhood Police Officer Program (NPO’s) pilot and the Children in Trauma Intervention (CITI) Camp. This grant will provide mobile technology equipment to neighborhood-assigned officers working in the targeted neighborhoods, as well as fund a consultant with deep community policing experience to lead the implementation of the CITI camp. It will also fund a Department-led, year-round camp pilot that uses mentoring and tutoring combined with rigorous physical activity and leadership development to help reduce crime involvement and boost graduation rates for youth with behavior issues. 

The mobile technology includes 40 smart phones and 40 Samsung tablets that will allow the officers to report and operate within the department’s IT system, as well as within the LEIN system, a statewide computerized system. Detroit Police Chief James Craig announced the introduction of the neighborhood policing effort at a press conference earlier this week.

Other grants made this quarter will:

  • Provide 230 youth from Detroit neighborhoods with summer jobs 
  • Invest $1 million into the Youth Development Alliance, a coalition of organizations committed to scaling high-quality development options for out-of-school hours
  • Bring the Harvard Center for the Developing Child to Detroit to design a fellowship on toxic stress
  • Continue efforts to make Motor City Mapping data available for citywide blight elimination
  • Renew efforts to get kids to after-school opportunities safely in Southwest Detroit through the Youth Transit Pilot
  • Pay college scholarships to 10 new Skillman Scholars and tuition costs for 65 former winners

For a full list of grants made this quarter, please see the attached table. For more information about any of our recent grants, please contact us at 313-393-1185.

Grant Area/Recipient Grant Amount Grant Purpose
COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP    
City Connect Detroit $100,000 To build fundraising capacity among the Good Neighborhood governance groups
Local Initiatives Support Corporation $200,000 To support the 2014 Building Sustainable Communities initiative
University Cultural Center Association* $35,000 For year three of a three-year grant to support the evaluation of the Living Cities Integration Initiative Detroit
EDUCATION    
Center for the Study of Social Policy $50,000 To support the planning and designing of the Frontiers of Innovation Fellowship in Detroit
Coleman A. Young Foundation $100,000 To provide an additional 10 scholarships for students to attend college
Coleman A. Young Foundation* $160,000 For year four of a seven-year grant to continue to support The Skillman Scholars Promising Youth Legacy Awards scholarship program
PUBLIC POLICY    
Michigan League for Public Policy $85,000 To support the 2014 Kids Count in Michigan report
SAFETY    
Detroit Crime Commission $200,000 To expand Detroit Crime Commission’s Threat Assessment and Intelligence Project in Brightmoor, Cody Rouge, Osborn, and Southwest Detroit
Detroit Public Safety Foundation $100,000 To support the Neighborhood Police Officer Program (NPO’s) pilot and the Children in Trauma Intervention (CITI) Camp.
SOCIAL INNOVATION    
Michigan Nonprofit Association $200,000 To support Motor City Blight Mapping initiative as a part of the Foundation’s work with the Blight Task Force
Southwest Counseling Solutions, Inc. Up to $170,000 To support the Youth Transit Pilot in Southwest Detroit
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT    
Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services $75,000 To support community organizing and leadership to strengthen college readiness for 200 Arab-American high school students who face multiple barriers to academic success
City Connect Detroit $400,000 To continue support for the summer youth employment and work readiness through the “Grow Detroit’s Young Talent” program
Detroit Police Athletic League, Inc. $100,000 To support Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL) in joining the Youth Development Alliance
Don Bosco Hall Up to $300,000 To address the need for a coordinated network of services that provides high-quality youth development programming that supports children and youth in Skillman targeted neighborhood
Don Bosco Hall Up to $300,000 To address the need for a coordinated network of services that provides high-quality youth development programming that supports children and youth in Skillman targeted neighborhood
Don Bosco Hall $195,000 To support the Community Resource Center, a hub in the Cody Rouge neighborhood
Southwest Counseling Solutions, Inc. $300,000 To address the need for a coordinated network of services that provides high-quality youth development programming that supports children and youth in Skillman targeted neighborhood
OTHER    
Coalition of Temporary Shelter $100,000 To increase the housing and family stability of more than 90 homeless families in Detroit through shelter, meals and supportive services,
Crossroads of Michigan $35,000 To provide emergency support services to poor and working-poor families in the city of Detroit.
Forgotten Harvest, Inc. $125,000 To support the distribution of fresh food to Detroit-area emergency food agencies serving families with children
The Heat and Warmth Fund $125,000 To provide emergency heating assistance for low-income households.
United Negro College Fund, Inc. $50,000 To support its program in 37 historically black colleges and universities.

Created in 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy committed to improving meaningful graduation rates in the Detroit region, so kids are ready for college, career, and life. The Foundation has assets of nearly a half-billion dollars, with an annual grants budget of $17 million. The Foundation works to achieve its goal by investing in community leadership, neighborhoods, safety initiatives, high-quality schools, social innovation, and youth development.