Community Leadership

Young people find more success when they're supported by caring adults.

Be they parents, teachers, relatives, neighbors, youth workers, or coaches, the adults in a child's orbit can do powerful things to alter the trajectory of a child's life. What's more, a network of leaders who care about children, and who are committed to working in partnership with them, can do powerful things to influence resources to align for the best interest of youth. Through our community leadership work -- which includes governance councils in four neighborhoods and our Community Connection Small Grants Program -- we develop resident leaders in the target neighborhoods, leaders we invest in to accelerate the development of a network of mobilized, informed and diverse adult population that actively supports young people’s educational and personal achievement.


  • We work with partners to make it easier for Detroit residents to collect and analyze data.
  • We help build networks that make collaboration and collective impact possible.
  • We support leadership development opportunities for youth and adults.
  • We work to strengthen community assets that share our agenda for children.
Community Connections Small Grants Program

The Community Connections Small Grants Program provides a pathway for the Foundation to support innovative, grassroots efforts to impact community change in the six targeted neighborhoods. While the Foundation typically awards grants to nonprofit organizations with federal tax-exempt status and revenues greater than $100,000, the small grants program awards grants of $500 to $5,000. It gives the Foundation flexibility to provide opportunities beyond these limitations and makes it possible to respond quickly to community needs. Since implementation in 2006, the small grants program has awarded more than $2 million to more than 600 community groups. A panel made up of residents from six neighborhoods meets monthly to review grant applications and make funding recommendations for grants.

To learn more, or apply for a small grant, visit Prevention Network, our partner and the program administrator.