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Walters foundation seeks new projects

Detroit, MI (March 24, 2019)The Milford-based Walters Family Foundation is seeking new proposals from Michigan nonprofits after funding programs focused on arts education and conservation in 2018.

The foundation has funded projects around the region including a microgrant program for entrepreneurs in Eastern Market, and the Detroit Institute of Arts' "DIA Head Start" program, which aims to connect the museum with underserved preschoolers and parents who haven't had previous exposure to it.

Another project the foundation funded in 2018 was a sustainable public courtyard by Midtown Detroit Inc. within the Selden Innovation Corridor hub for entrepreneurs in the neighborhood, providing a community space that is also environmentally conscious, with permeable pavement and bioswales that help drainage.

The foundation, which made more than $330,000 in grants in 2018. Among the groups receiving funding were Midtown Detroit Inc., the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, the DIA and the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation.

The foundation focuses on initiatives that support "conserving the natural environment, celebrating arts and culture, advancing economic vitality and empowering people to reach their full potential through innovative learning initiatives." More information is at www.waltersffmi.org.

"We want to see more great ideas and more visionary thinking. We encourage organizations to put forth innovative proposals that carry the promise of lasting impact," Carol Walters said in a press release.

Article Source: Crains Detroit Business