United Way for Southeastern Michigan announced today that Detroit Public Television is one of eleven sub-grantees to win a competitive process for the Social Innovation Fund. The $150,000 2-year grant will address the problem of disenfranchised communities that are not connected to location education systems to be ready for kindergarten. Successful projects may receive up to five years of funding.
Video tips originally televised for the DPTV broadcast will now be used within the social networks of faith-based organizations, led by the Interfaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit. The project targets households in which children are unlikely to attend preschool, building knowledge and practice among parents and caregivers. DPTV is currently seeking the required matching funds for these efforts, which includes additional production of video tips in both Spanish and Arabic.
DPTV will also be developing health-focused video tips in partnership with The National Kidney Foundation, who was a Social Innovation Fund sub-grantee as well.
About the Social Innovation Fund:
The Social Innovation Fund is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service that improves the lives of people in low-income U.S. communities. Through an innovative public-private partnership, the Social Innovation Fund and selected local and national grant makers co-invest in programs that increase the scale of community-based solutions that have evidence of real impact in the areas of youth development, economic opportunity or healthy futures. Every Federal dollar invested is matched with private funds, and all programs are rigorously evaluated. As a result, the most effective approaches can be expanded to reach more people in need and key lessons can be captured and broadly shared. To learn more visit www.NationalService.gov/Innovation.