Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $500,000)
The Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Assault (MCEDSV) proposes to implement the Emergency Operation Funding for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties, Michigan. The purpose of this project is to address the urgent need that the pandemic has created for flexible, unrestricted, operations funding in Detroit-area agencies providing services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, including First Step (Wayne County); Haven (Oakland County); Turning Point (Macomb County); and MCEDSV Detroit. At the same time that the effects of the pandemic have multiplied the need for direct services to survivors, it has severely restricted agencies' ability to engage in traditional fundraising to "keep the lights on." MCEDSV requests $500,000 to provide $100,000 to each of the above-listed agencies with $200,000 allocated to MCEDSV for operational supports, technical assistance, and support for all Metro Detroit nonprofits serving domestic and sexual violence victims.
This funding will do the following: support operating costs of MCEDSV Detroit office, First Step, Turning Point and Haven; provide support to no fewer than five community-based programs by creating a learning cohort on grant writing, nonprofit management and capacity building for Detroit nonprofits; create a crosswalk between domestic violence and sexual assault shelter requirements and standards - taking the best practices from both and advocating for an acceptance of those standards city-wide (current shelters within the city are borderline uninhabitable); work to create operational capacity for both homeless programs serving victims of crime, and domestic violence and sexual assault service programs; conduct no fewer than three trainings on vicarious trauma, employee retention and nonprofit management; and support the three named programs by serving as a fiduciary for this grant.