Neighborhood Opportunity Fund
Since 1976, City Council has provided grants for public service programs proposed by nonprofit and neighborhood service organizations through the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund (NOF) program. This program, which is a part of the City's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, provides funds for public services to improve the quality of life of low-income residents in the City of Detroit. The program currently awards grants in the areas of Education, Seniors, Recreation, Health, and Public Safety.
In the 2018-2019 fiscal year, HUD allocated more than $35,000,000 to Community Development Block Grant Programs for all of Detroit.
Of that total allocation, the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund was awarded over $2.1 million dollars.
2018-2019 NOF Subrecipients
Accounting Aid Society - Awarded $83,331 for addressing the Economic Opportunity by ensuring Detroit residents obtain access to the tax refunds and credits to which they are entitled.
Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan - Awarded $60,000 for providing educational services to youth in order to improve academic performance, graduate high school, develop strategies to achieve a post-secondary degree, build leadership and life skills and contribute to their community.
DAPCEP (Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program) - Awarded $78,531 for partnering with universities, training programs, and K-12 school systems in order to connect youth to the best science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) educational experiences.
Dominican Literacy Center - Awarded $82,831 for providing educational programs to tutor adults to read, write, and perform basic math operations, as well as learn computer skills.
International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit - Awarded $95,831 for providing adult educational services including ESL, GED, and financial empowerment classes, career development and vocational training programs as well as immigration/legal services.
Matrix Human Services - Awarded $82,831 for providing educational services from a one-stop community hub where high school-aged youth and their parents/guardians are able to receive basic needs and counseling, connect with their community, find employment, build leadership and financial literacy skills and engage in extracurricular academic enrichment.
Mercy Education Project - Awarded $80,831 for providing adult literacy, GED Prep, and development for women ages 16-79 as well as tutoring, ACT prep and enrichment for girls ages 5 to 17.
Restaurant Opportunities Center of Michigan - Awarded $60,928 for providing improved working conditions and opportunities for advancement for Southeast Michigan’s 134,000 restaurant workers.
Siena Literacy Center - Awarded $60,000 for providing educational one-to-one or small group tutorial services to adults to increase their basic skills, assist ESL learners, increase computer literacy and prepare them for taking the GED or seeking employment.
Sowing Empowerment & Economic Development (SEED, Inc.) - Awarded $78,531 for providing youth with educational opportunities through an Integrated Reading Curriculum with access to books, an obesity reduction program and a civil engagement program promoting social, political and economic equity.
St. Vincent & Sarah Fisher Center - Awarded $78,531 for providing free Adult Education through HSE tutoring and workforce development programming. The Adult Education and Workforce Development programming assists students 18 and older in obtaining their HSE High School Equivalency Diploma (GED or HiSET).
The Greening of Detroit - Awarded $95,831 for providing job training and placement services for adults through the Detroit Conservation Corps through classroom instruction, hands-on training, certification opportunities, and integrated support services.
The Youth Connection - Awarded $78,531 for providing youth programming with career development opportunities by exposing, engaging and training youth for employment, teaching life skills, and assisting with internship and certification opportunities.
Urban Neighborhood Initiative - Awarded $78,531 for ensuring all residents have access to primary and secondary education and post-secondary education and job training opportunities that lead to economic stability and growth.
Wellspring - Awarded $95,831 for providing math and reading curriculum, recreation, field trips, college prep, community service, outdoor adventure and leadership development for youth and young adults.
YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit - Awarded $80,831 for elevating achievement through standardized test-taking strategies, interactive career exploration, workforce development, summer employment, mentoring and academic support.
Alzheimer's Association - Awarded $85,831 for providing Adult Day Program services for seniors 62 years of age and older diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.
Delray United Action Council - Awarded $60,928 for providing transportation to senior residents living within the project area who are in need of transportation to school to obtain their GED, medical appointments, food shopping and to the Delray Center. DUAC also has an adult day care program that provides food & friendship/congregate meal, arts & crafts and senior outings
L & L Adult Day Care - Awarded $85,831 for providing adult day care services for senior citizens age 60 or older with or without developmental disabilities, mental impairments and/or physical disabilities.
LASED (Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development) - Awarded $85,831 for operating a senior center in Southwest Detroit which operates a food and friendship program, health and disease prevention classes for primarily Hispanic senior citizens, who are monolingual or limited English-speaking.
Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation - Awarded $85,831 for providing case management, information/referral, legal assistance, and small emergency grants to 445 Detroit seniors.
St. Patrick Senior Center - Awarded $90,831 for providing companionship and acting as a liaison with community and medical resources to ensure seniors receive services needed to maintain independence, thereby preventing institutionalization through a daily meal program, and enhanced senior fitness program.
Alkebu-Lan Village - Awarded $76,831 for providing a comprehensive intervention program of individual counseling supported by academic enrichment, prevention, character and social skill building, athletic and arts instruction, recreational programming and family engagement.
Clark Park Coalition - Awarded $76,831 for providing youth with after-school and summer recreational educational and sports programs that increase life and social skills, assist with homework, teaching healthy eating and nutrition education, and providing youth employment opportunities.
Detroit Police Athletic League - Awarded $76,831 for providing recreational opportunities through year-round youth sports programs.
People's Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit - Awarded $76,831 for providing the elderly and youth aged 7-17 access to equipment and facilities to participate in tutoring, cooking, recreational and wellness activities. The state of the art Boundless Playground allows children to play regardless of their physical challenges.
Southwest Detroit Business Association - Awarded $76,831 for providing recreation opportunities for youth ages 9-18 with music, dance and theatre programs.
Teen HYPE - Awarded $60,940 for providing educational programs to prepare teens for the next stage of life through life skills development, sexual health education and performing arts training.
Joy-Southfield CDC - Awarded $85,831 for providing preventative health education programs and services, such as farmers market and Healthy Eating Activity & Learning (HEAL) workshop to the residents of Cody Rouge.
My Community Dental Center - Awarded $85,831 for providing oral healthcare to low-income patients within the City of Detroit.
Ruth Ellis Center - Awarded $63,928 for providing a Second Stories Drop-In Center for LGBTQ Youth who are runaway and homeless for ages 13 to 30 with an array of services designed to provide prevention and intervention assistance to young people who have been subjected to or at risk of being subjected to homelessness, unstable housing, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, and severe forms of trafficking in persons.
The Yunion - Awarded $85,831 for providing Standing in the Gap (S.I.G.), an HIV prevention education program that is designed to address and decrease HIV infection among African American women and girls aged 13-60 using a faith-based approach.
World Medical Relief - Awarded $60,000 for operating an Affordable Prescription Program, providing prescription medication to individuals 18 and older who do not have financial resources or insurance to pay retail price for their medication.
Jefferson East, Inc. - Awarded $110,831 for providing the community with supplemental police patrols, crime statistic monitoring, resident safety organizing, safety assessments, target hardening services and domestic violence prevention and recovery services.
Wayne County Neighborhood Legal Services - Awarded $90,831 for providing case management services, legal services and appropriate referrals to victims of human trafficking.