Hope Starts Here Child-Centric Grant

Child-Centric is a resident-driven grant program focused on mobilizing grassroots groups and leaders to help Detroit children get a good start in life from before birth through age four. Groups comprised of parents, families or neighbors, and formal or informal early childhood care providers are invited to apply for grants of $200-$7,500 for projects intended to support expectant mothers, families, and young children in their first 1000 days.


Child-Centric is rooted in the insight that children grow up in families and communities, not just in programs. In Detroit, there are many youth and adults, small organizations, and grassroots groups with ideas and energy for helping young children and their families thrive.
We believe in and support resident leaders to help change conditions for pregnant women and young children in Detroit.


Did you know?
1) Detroit has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country.
2) 9% of Detroit moms get late or no prenatal care (compared to the national rate of 3%)
3) Detroit ranks near the bottom in child well-being.


The Child-Centric Grant Program provides resources to grassroots leaders, groups, and childcare programs to put their ideas into action and to support them to learn and grow as champions for Detroit’s children. Child-Centric is a program of Community Connections, which has been investing in Detroit’s grassroots leaders and groups since 2006. “Hope Starts Here” is Detroit’s Early Childhood Partnership that has engaged families, businesses, child education and health experts, and the larger community in creating a vision to ensure that children are born healthy, prepared for kindergarten, and on track for success by third grade and beyond.


Download the application to read further guidelines and details, and please contact Community Connections for assistance.


(For a fillable form, please call 313-782-4042)


(For a fillable form, please call 313-782-4042)

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On the corner of Belvidere Street on the east side of Detroit stands a homemade sign in blues and reds that reads: ‘Where Families Matter.’ The sign marks a two-story house that is community hub to Community Connections Grantee, What About Us?

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