The Community Connections Bridging the Gap Response Fund

Deadline: Until Funding is Used

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Opened: April 28
Award Amount: up to $2,500
Eligibility: Home-based and small center, licensed and unlicensed early child care programs (30 children or fewer).
Purpose: Providers may use for a variety of purposes, including transitions to online or digital activities, cleaning supplies and disinfecting material to support families during the Stay Safe, Stay Home order.


The Bridging the Gap Rapid Response Fund recognizes that leaders and groups throughout the city are especially equipped to respond to the unique and pressing needs and challenges experienced in the Detroit community. The grant provides resources to grassroots and community groups to respond to immediate needs, implement activities, and design bridges to quickly address gaps faced by Detroit families as a result of the pandemic. Groups with a current network and access to Detroit parents, children’s caregivers, and children are encouraged to apply. The Bridging the Gap Rapid Response Fund is a partnership between Community Connections and Hope Starts Here Detroit.
 The grant’s primary focus is groups working with children ages 0-8 and/or their families. There is a smaller amount of funding available for groups working with children and young adults ages 9-18 Groups working with college bound youth are encouraged to apply.
Community Connections staff have been in touch with many community leaders over the past few weeks. We stand with you during these uncertain times. The gravity of the moment dictates that no one entity can meet every need. We will, however, do our best to respond to some of the gaps that you have identified and are not met by others. 
People and organizations are encouraged to contact program staff to discuss grant applications and receive assistance. Community Connections Grant Program has been linking philanthropy to community groups and leaders since 2006. We believe that people who are closest to the problems are best suited to identify and implement solutions. A community panel representative of grantees will meet to discuss and review grants several times a month in order to respond quickly to grant requests.
This opportunity is intended to meet short-term needs. The term of grant activities is expected to extend 4 months or less.

Activities Supported

1)    Online or digital activities for children, youth, and families such as artistic activities, at-home activities for parents and young children, peer group education and support groups (stress, coping skills, grief, etc.), college readiness workshops, educational forums, mindfulness training, health and fitness groups, translating information for non-English speakers, teaching digital organizing and outreach, etc. – Funds available for group supplies, stipends, etc. 
2)    Resources to assist with procuring goods to assist with sheltering in place, such as resources for transportation to grocery stores, testing sites, etc., special foods, baby formula, diapers. – Funds available for gift cards and other means to procure needed resources.
3)    Home-based and small center, licensed and unlicensed early child care programs (30 children or fewer) are eligible to apply for funding for cleaning and disinfecting material if they are presently operating or preparing to reopen their daycare. – Funds available in increments of $200, $400, etc., depending on size/need. 
4)    Developing and writing stories documenting experiences, challenges, and coping strategies during the pandemic. Community Connections staff is available to assist with developing and editing stories. – Funds available for stipends.

Grant will not support the following:

  1. Technology (e.g. internet service, tablets, computers, calculators, cellular phones, etc.) -We believe all families need and deserve resources to connect to digital information. The digital divide is a systemic barrier beyond the scope of our program. We are happy to report that Detroit Connected Futures Initiative will provide computers and internet to DPSCD students.
  2. Food- provided by other agencies throughout the city of Detroit. Duplicating the efforts of others is beyond the scope of this program. Specialty food requests can be supported if there are no alternative sources (e.g. medically fragile, halal).
  3. Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) such as gloves and masks (daycare providers may request gloves).
  4. Personal expenses (e.g. utilities, car repairs, rent) are needs beyond the scope of this grant.

We will carefully consider requests with consideration for whether other agencies are providing the requested items.
Please ask us for a list of resources for needs not supported by this grant program.
Applicants are encouraged to ask for assistance. For HELP with developing your application, please call Community Connections at 313-782-4042

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