Bridging the Gap Rapid Response Fund Grant

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Up to US $2,500

Fields of work: Child Care Services Family Services Children’s Mental Health Career/College Preparation Food Access & Hunger Wellness & Healthy Living

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense

Location of project: Wayne County, Michigan

Location of residency: Wayne County, Michigan

Age restriction: Between 0 and 18 years of age

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Bridging the Gap Rapid Response Fund

The Bridging the Gap Rapid Response Fund recognizes that leaders and groups throughout the city are especially equipped to respond to the unique and pressing needs and challenges experienced in the Detroit community. The grant provides resources to grassroots and community groups to respond to immediate needs, implement activities, and design bridges to quickly address gaps faced by Detroit families as a result of the pandemic. Groups with a current network and access to Detroit parents, children’s caregivers, and children are encouraged to apply. The Bridging the Gap Rapid Response Fund is a partnership between Community Connections and Hope Starts Here Detroit.

Grant Focus

The grant’s primary focus is groups working with children ages 0-8 and/or their families. There is a smaller amount of funding available for groups working with children and young adults ages 9-18 Groups working with college bound youth are encouraged to apply.

Community Connections staff have been in touch with many community leaders over the past few weeks. We stand with you during these uncertain times. The gravity of the moment dictates that no one entity can meet every need. We will, however, do our best to respond to some of the gaps that you have identified and are not met by others. 

People and organizations are encouraged to contact program staff to discuss grant applications and receive assistance. Community Connections Grant Program has been linking philanthropy to community groups and leaders since 2006. We believe that people who are closest to the problems are best suited to identify and implement solutions. A community panel representative of grantees will meet to discuss and review grants several times a month in order to respond quickly to grant requests.

This opportunity is intended to meet short-term needs. The term of grant activities is expected to extend 4 months or less.

Activities Supported

  • Online or digital activities for children, youth, and families such as artistic activities, at-home activities for parents and young children, peer group education and support groups (stress, coping skills, grief, etc.), college readiness workshops, educational forums, mindfulness training, health and fitness groups, translating information for non-English speakers, teaching digital organizing and outreach, etc.
    • Funds available for group supplies, stipends, etc. 
  • Resources to assist with procuring goods to assist with sheltering in place, such as resources for transportation to grocery stores, testing sites, etc., special foods, baby formula, diapers.
    • Funds available for gift cards and other means to procure needed resources.
  • Home-based and small center, licensed and unlicensed early child care programs (30 children or fewer) are eligible to apply for funding for cleaning and disinfecting material if they are presently operating or preparing to reopen their daycare.
    • Funds available in increments of $200, $400, etc., depending on size/need. 
  • Developing and writing stories documenting experiences, challenges, and coping strategies during the pandemic.
    • Community Connections staff is available to assist with developing and editing stories.
    • Funds available for stipends.
  • NEW – Technology for home-based and small/medium childcare providers. Can be used for efficiency and reduced risk check-ins.
    • Funds available up to $250 for tablets, etc.
    • Guidelines:
      • We recommend you check reviews for your purchase prior to purchase.
      • We highly recommend that you choose a tablet with at least 16 Gb of hard drive space (ROM).
      • Check if stylus or keyboard supported if you need those items, and that it is compatible with any software or applications you require.
      • Do your research or feel free to call us to help you think through your options.

Funding Guidelines

Funds may be used for: Basic needs such as transportation, special foods, cleaning and disinfectant materials, formula, diapers, materials, etc. (Applications for items not provided by other organizations will be prioritized over items that are more easily procured by other organizations.)

Stipends for leaders with online content are an acceptable expense for the grant. Stipend amounts up to $30/hour will be considered and may be the sole request. The grant making panel has discretion to modify stipend amount requests for any reason, including high demand.

Groups distributing basic needs are encouraged to utilize gift cards to distribute to residents or families in need. Groups must maintain a record of who receives resources. The record is required to be submitted with the final report.

Grassroots groups with a proven track record of coordinating the purchase of large volume high-need supplies at discounted amounts, with a trusted network of partners, are encouraged to contact office staff to discuss other possible grant opportunities.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligibility and Funding Requirements:
    • Applicants must be a not-for-profit organization or group.
      • Groups do not have to have 501c3 status.
      • Childcare centers may be for-profit, however, they will need a fiduciary to accept funds.
    • Activities must adhere to the State of Michigan stay-at-home and social distancing orders.
    • Childcare providers may be licensed, license-exempt, and unlicensed.
    • If your project has an online component, ensure participants have online access prior to applying.
    • Activities and resources must be designed for or distributed to Detroit residents and take place in Detroit.
    • Grant funds will be remitted to a pre-approved fiduciary or to a non-profit group in the group’s name. 
    • The named applicant is considered the responsible party for all activities and funding.
    • Organizations using grant funds do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.


  • Priority is given to minority-owned or community-based organizations.


  • Grant checks will not be made out to individuals.
  • Grant will not support the following:
    • Technology (e.g. internet service, tablets, computers, calculators, cellular phones, etc.) except for category 5 (see above)
      • We believe all families need and deserve resources to connect to digital information.
      • The digital divide is a systemic barrier beyond the scope of our program.
      • We are happy to report that Detroit Connected Futures Initiative will provide computers and internet to Detroit students.
    • Expenses for the sole purpose of giving away items to a wide audience is not a generally acceptable expense for the grant program.
    • Food- provided by other agencies throughout the city of Detroit.
      • Duplicating the efforts of others is beyond the scope of this program.
      • Specialty food requests can be supported if there are no alternative sources (e.g. medically fragile, halal).
    • Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) such as gloves and masks (daycare providers may request gloves).
    • Personal expenses (e.g. utilities, car repairs, rent) are needs beyond the scope of this grant.

This page was last reviewed March 30, 2021 and last updated July 09, 2020