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  • The George Gaines & Roberta Sanders Fund for Community Inclusion


    The George Gaines & Roberta Sanders Fund for Community Inclusion ("the Fund") is a project of the Constituents’ Voice, a Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority advisory group for persons served. The Fund was envisioned by Tom Watkins, the President/CEO of the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, who wanted to see a consumer-run fund by and for people with disabilities that promotes community inclusion while challenging stigmas. The Fund was named for former DWMHA board members George Gaines and Roberta Sanders for their demonstrated commitment to individuals who receive community mental health services. Awards are up to $500 each, and made available to support those served achieve their unfunded community inclusion goals. Grants must be applied for in one of several categories that follow:

    HOUSING: e.g., housing first initiatives, community development agencies, home ownership programs

    EMPLOYMENT: e.g., training programs, supported employment

    EDUCATION: e.g., community and career colleges, supported education

    HEALTH/WELLNESS: e.g., community health clinics, gym memberships, nutrition classes

    ARTS/SPORTS: knitting classes, marathon entry fees and equipment, music or acting lessons 

    CITIZENSHIP/CIVIC ROLES: e.g., voting, volunteering, driving, mobility, transportation

    VALUED SOCIAL ROLES: e.g., relationships, marriage and child rearing, typical social roles

    PEER SUPPORT: e.g., meet ups, community meetings, peer to peer support gatherings

    SELF-DETERMINATION: e.g., Advocacy group membership, leadership training, money management course

     To be considered, completed applications must be submitted electronically by 5:00pm on Friday, May 31, 2017

    The award amount is up to $500 per person. To qualify, individuals must:

    • Live in Detroit-Wayne County
    • Receive community mental health service within the Detroit-Wayne Region
    • Individuals employed by the Authority and/or members of the Constituents’ Voice are not eligible to apply.



    May 31, 2017 at 5:00pm



    Application Submission Period

    May 1 - 

    May 31, 2017


    Grant Review Period

    May 24 - Juen 14, 2017


    Public Announcements

    August 18, 2017




    • Grants will be evaluated by the Peer Review Team, a subgroup of the Constituents' Voice who do or use to receive Detroit Wayne services.
    • Identifying information (e.g., names, birthdates, service provider, etc.) is removed from all applications before they are scored.
    • All applications are judged based on a point system or scoring rubric. The maximum score is 30 points, and applications must have a score of 24 points or higher to qualify for an award. Rubric areas and corresponding scores follow: Specific (4 points), Measurable (4 points), Attainable (4 points), Relevant (4 points), Time-oriented (4 points), and the Personal statement (10 points)

    If you need help, please contact our community partner:

    The ARC Detroit | 51 West Hancock |

    Detroit, MI 48201 | 313.831-0202 (o) 313-831-3693 (f)

    Email: thearcdetroit@aol.com

    Website: http://www.arc-detroit.org/


    Alternatively, interested persons are encouraged to seek support of thier family, friends, or staff persons.       

    Please note: Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

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