Houses Of Worship In Detroit Struggling Due To Virus Can Seek Grants – CBS Detroit

DETROIT (AP) – In Detroit, grants ranging from $ 5,000 to $ 20,000 will be made available to houses of worship struggling financially during the coronavirus pandemic.

Churches, synagogues, mosques and small nonprofits can apply for funding through the Faith Forward program from May 3, the city said on Tuesday.

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Information sessions on the program start on April 27th. The city said it currently has $ 650,000 in funding. Major donors include the Troy-based Kresge Foundation, United Way of Southeastern Michigan, and Catholic and Jewish organizations.

Grants are made available to eligible organizations that provide COVID-19-related nonprofit services, including those who work with the city on virus vaccine sites.

Organizations that offer emergency services such as housing, food and care, as well as organizations that enrich the elderly and psychiatric services can also apply.

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“At times like these, we rely on the faith community to support us,” Mayor Mike Duggan said in a press release. “Like all organizations, our faith-based partners suffered during the pandemic because they served others. The Faith Forward program can help keep them going the way they’ve supported us. “

Detroit has had more than 43,000 confirmed virus cases and more than 1,900 deaths since the pandemic started just over a year ago.

The city has given more than 271,000 doses of vaccine.

“We need to face the fact that COVID-19 is not over, especially in black and brown communities,” said Wendy Lewis Jackson, executive director of Kresge’s Detroit program. “Detroit needs all hands on deck to vaccinate our people.”

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