Thanks to MDI Funders

Feb 19

1:00 PM

By Erin Piscopink

Tagged: All Neighborhoods

Thank You to Our Funders and Supporters!

The last few months of 2013 were busy and successful for Midtown Detroit, Inc. with two groundbreaking ceremonies, a festive Noel Night, several new business openings, and announcements of neighborhood development projects. In addition to these spotlight events and activities, we're always working on projects behind the scenes as well. The generous support of area businesses and foundations makes everything we do possible and we appreciate their support!

Here is a roundup of the grants Midtown Detroit, Inc. received in 2013 including information about the projects the awards supported.

Green Alleys
Shinola - $200,000
Americana Foundation - $25,000
These grants will help us transform blighted alleyways into sustainable Green Alleys that have attractive access for pedestrian and bicycle traffic to area amenities.

Redmond Park Improvements
Fifth Third Bank - CRA Enterprise Investment Fund - $50,000
Dennis W. Archer Community Development Fund - CFSEM - $7,500 

Tom Delaney - $5,000
Redmond Park is currently an underutilized area that we are working to upgrade to an attractive, enjoyable asset for the community. With this grant funding, we will be able to hire an architect firm to develop a plan for the park including lighting, landscaping, and public art.

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation - Knight Arts Challenge - $50,000
This Challenge Grant from the Knight Arts Challenge Detroit 2013 Sponsorship Fund at the Miami Foundation was awarded to MDI to help us bring Detroiters together by expanding DLECTRICITY in 2014 to include, among other things, a permanent installation on Woodward Avenue.

TechTown District Plan Phase 1 Implementation
New Economy Initiative (NEI) - $1,250,000
As we work to transform TechTown into a hub of innovation promoting science, technology, creativity, and entrepreneurship, this grant will support the development of a real estate plan for the district.

TechTown Living Room
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation - $175,000
As part of the enhancements to TechTown, MDI is working to create a collaborative, creative public space in TechTown that will serve as a central hub for more than 30,000 students and employees. This grant will support the design of this "Living Room".

Noel Night
Michigan Credit Union - $10,000

MGM Grand Detroit - $5,000
Noel Night, our annual holiday event of over 200 performances at 70 participating venues provides an opportunity for people to access our neighborhood's arts and cultural institutions, historical churches, universities and local businesses, shops and restaurants. Event also offers horse-drawn carriage rides, an ice sculpturing competition and the traditional sing along at evenings end lead by the Salvation Army Band.

Small Business Development Program
JPMorgan Chase Foundation - $75,000

PNC Foundation - $20,000
The Small Business Development Program offers technical, marketing, and referral services to help small businesses become established and flourish as a way to bolster community sustainability and economic growth.

Public Space Maintenance
Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan (CFSEM) - $250,000
Supports maintaining the attractive appearance of Midtown's greenways, parks, streetscapes, medians, green alleys, pedestrian corridors, and other public areas providing inviting areas where the community can meet, relax, and enjoy the outdoors.

General Operating and Project Support
The Kresge Foundation - $970,000
Support from The Kresge Foundation provides general operating support and funding for important initiatives that help revitalize Midtown. These initiatives include the Live Midtown program, Green Alley Projects, renovations to The Strathmore, and the eco-homes project.
Masco Corporation Foundation - $10,000
Provides essential resources for MDI’s core programs and for future development initiatives.

Façade Enhancements and Physical Improvements
Hudson-Webber Foundation - $500,000
This grant supports MDI's façade grant program that improves the appearance of Midtown storefronts. It will also be used on our traffic conversion project that will improve traffic flow and access to business. Additionally, it will support our Green Alley projects.

Capacity Building and Project Support
Ford Foundation - $250,000
Capacity building support and support to transform blighted properties into sustainable communities of growth and vitality, 

Bike Rack Installation
Shinola - $25,000
Installing bike racks throughout the neighborhood will make the district more bike-friendly, enhance quality of life, promote recreation and health, and provide increased access to area businesses.

Public and Community Safety Program Coordinator
DTE Energy Foundation - $50,000
This grant supports a comprehensive neighborhood security program that includes MDI staff participation in Security Committee Meetings, Compstat meetings, and administration of safety initiatives such as our Security Matching Grant Program.

Midtown Loop Greenway - Phase IV
MSHDA - $245,000
Statewide Partnership Grant - part of the Link Detroit project that also involves Eastern Market District Core Improvements and the Dequindre Cut Greenway. Phase IV will connect the Midtown Greenway with the larger system of Detroit greenways providing pedestrian and bicyclists easy access to Detroit amenities.

Midtown Eco-District
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. - $45,000
Funding supports architectural and engineering services in the development of vacant city-owned lots into a comprehensive eco-community.

DMC Mixed-Use District Plan
Michigan Economic Development Foundation - $25,000 

Live Midtown
Hudson Webber Foundation - $200,000
The program offers eligible employees of the three area anchor institutions, Wayne State University, Henry Ford Health System and Detroit Medical Center four financial incentive options that will assist them in leasing or purchasing a residence in Midtown.

Live Cities
Skillman Foundation - $35,000
Support for Woodward Corridor Initiative evaluation.
Living Cities - $10,000
Funding for case studies on Live Midtown and Source Detroit programs.