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Community-Academic Grants

Poverty Solutions and the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (Detroit URC) partner on an annual grant funding opportunity for collaborations between academic researchers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint campuses, and community-based partners throughout the State of Michigan. The grants support research projects focused on evaluating and strengthening interventions, programs, and policies that seek to prevent and alleviate poverty in the State of Michigan.

A faculty member from any U-M campus must serve as a Principal Investigator. Partnerships with faculty across multiple campuses are encouraged.

2021 Community-Academic Research Projects

  • Detroit Housing Counseling and Homeownership Project The project: The goals of this project are to better understand the state of first-time homebuyer education in Detroit and to analyze public data sources that represent the state of sales and homeownership in Detroit. Another aim is to assemble funders, public institutions, and the 16 HUD-certified housing counseling agencies in Detroit to identify best…
  • The ‘Community Tech Workers’: A Community-Driven Model to Support Economic Mobility by Bridging the Digital Divide The project: The aim of this project is to pilot and assess the feasibility of a “community tech workers model” — a community-driven, “train the trainer” model that equips Detroit residents to provide digital support to community members experiencing digital poverty. Inspired by the transformative community health workers model, the pilot program aims to understand:…
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